Advice From the First Ever Women’s Olympic Surfing Champion

Jul 29, 2021, 7:17 PM | Updated: 8:07 pm
KSL TV reporter Alex Cabrero talks one-on-one with Team USA's Carissa Moore after her historic gold...
KSL TV reporter Alex Cabrero talks one-on-one with Team USA's Carissa Moore after her historic gold medal win in Tokyo

TOKYO – Olympic fans have been captivated by the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team, the swimming team, even U.S.A. Basketball, but this Olympics is providing an opportunity to witness sports Utahns may not be too familiar with.

Carissa Moore is from Hawaii and has been surfing and competing for years, but this is the first time surfing has been an Olympic sport. Unlike some indoor events, surfing is at the whim of Mother Nature, some days there are good waves while other days surfers go without. Moore told me, ‘that’s just surfing’.

Surfers are evaluated by a panel of five judges on each wave they surf on a scale of 0.1 to 10.0. For those living in a landlocked state, surfing may be a little hard to grasp.

“Surfing is very free,” Moore said. “I highly recommend it, don’t be afraid. If I had any recommendation for someone starting out, don’t be afraid to ask for help. The bigger the board, the better. So, more stabilization and it’s a lot fun. It’s fluid, it’s, you have to be very present because if you’re not present, mother nature can just come and sweep you off your feet.”

Also on the water today, Ugandan rower Kathleen Noble who lives in Salt Lake City, has her last row of these Olympic Games but she is out of medal contention.

KSL Olympics

Shaun White...
Eddie Pells, AP

With Olympics Waiting, White Climbs The Podium In Laax

Shaun White finished third at the Laax Open in Switzerland, marking his first podium finish since he won his third Olympic gold medal in 2018.
2 days ago
Marco Odermatt - Alpine Ski...
Associated Press

Odermatt Beats Kilde For Super-G Win In World Cup Rivalry

Marco Odermatt was first and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde was second in a World Cup super-G race.
4 days ago
Shaun White - Snowboarding...
Associated Press

Shaun White All But Wraps Up Spot In His 5th Olympics

Shaun White all but wrapped up a spot in his fifth Olympics on Thursday when he qualified for the finals of a contest in Switzerland and his nearest American pursuer failed to move on.
4 days ago
Kamila Valieva - Figure Skating...
Associated Press

Valieva Leads Women’s Short Program At Euro Figure Skating

Kamila Valieva broke her own world-best score in the women's short program to take the lead at the European figure skating championships.
4 days ago
John Shuster - Curling...
Associated Press

Gold Means Confidence, Less Pressure For US Curler Shuster

John Shuster won't be catching anyone by surprise at these Olympics.
6 days ago
David Wise - Freestyle Ski...
Associated Press

Wise Eyes A Three-Peat, Gu Eyes History In Freestyle Skiing

American freestyle skier David Wise heads to the Winter Olympics eyeing a three-peat on the halfpipe.
6 days ago
Advice From the First Ever Women’s Olympic Surfing Champion