Carissa Moore, a five-time WSL world champion, was eliminated from the Pipeline Pro on Oahu’s North Shore in the second round. This marked her final competition as a member of the Championship Tour before she retires from professional surfing. Last year, Moore won the World Surf League’s season-opening event.
Moore fell during her heat and earned a score of 2.37, placing 17th in the competition. The top finishers in the heat, Hawaii’s Bettylou Sakura Johnson and Australia’s Isabella Nichols, will move on to the Round of 16. Moore shared a message with her fans on Instagram shortly after her elimination, expressing her disappointment with the outcome.
In her Instagram post, Moore mentioned her desire to put on a strong performance at the Pipe Pro and share her love for surfing with her supporters. She also referenced the challenging conditions during her last heat and quoted “Ted Lasso” by saying, “Be a Goldfish.” Moore announced her retirement from competitive surfing last month and revealed her plans to withdraw from the CT after the Pipeline Pro.
After retiring from professional surfing, Moore intends to compete as a wild card in the WSL’s Tahiti Pro at Teahupo’o. This will serve as preparation for the 2024 Olympic Games in July, where Moore will defend her gold medal. After the Olympics, she plans to take a step back from surfing to start a family. Michelle Broder Van Dyke covers the Hawaiian Islands for Spectrum News Hawaii and can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.