Recently, Honolulu’s Mayor Kirk Caldwell proclaimed January 4th to be Carissa Moore Day. And today, on a chilly Honolulu morning, Mayor Caldwell honored Moore with a ceremony at Ala Moana beach park, the announcement commemorating the third World Title in four years for Moore, a Honolulu native.
As was expected from the effervescent world champion, Moore remained humble and honored by the gesture.
“This is a huge honor,” Moore said. “I’m almost in disbelief. Presidents, people who change the world — those are the people that really deserve to be honored like this. Me? I’m just a girl blessed enough to do what she loves every single day. I’m so thankful to the Mayor and to the state of Hawaii, to my family and friends, and to everyone who has supported and believed in me over the years. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.”
In the pantheon of female professional surfers, Moore is at the top of the totem pole, earning three World Titles and until recently held the distinction of being the youngest female world champ ever at 18 (Rachael Tilly, the 2015 Women’s World Longboard Champion, won the event in December at age 17). Throughout her years on tour, Moore has been more than just a driving force of progression in the sport.
“At the age of 23, Carissa is already a seasoned professional who garners the respect of fellow surfers, but perhaps even more importantly, she exudes the same Aloha spirit embodied by Duke Kahanamoku,” said Mayor Caldwell. “Whether it’s sending a positive message to young surfers about hard work, dedication, and staying true to oneself, or sharing her love for the ocean and Mother Nature, Carissa expresses a joy for life and adventure that serves as an example to us all.”
Interestingly enough, Moore isn’t the only surfer to have their own day. In Cocoa Beach, Florida November 17th has been dubbed Kelly Slater Day; on the island of Kauai, February 13th is Andy Irons Day.