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Surfer Carissa Moore Is on the Ride of Her Life

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Speaking over FaceTime from her home on Oahu that she shares with Untermann and their dogs, who were snoozing in the background, Moore frequently flashed a 1,000-watt smile—and her face only lit up more when she talked about the sport that’s been a part of her life since she was 5 years old, when her father helped her ride her first wave.

“For me, surfing is so many different things. It’s my sport, it’s my profession, but it’s obviously my way of life,” she explained. “My escape, the place where I just spend time with my husband and my family.” And even though it’s her job, one that generally entails getting up before dawn and requires an epic amount of sunscreen (Sun Bum SPF 70, FTW), “I definitely think it’s still so much fun,” Moore gushed. “It’s still a huge passion of mine, I don’t think it’ll ever change.”

In fact, an ideal day would start off with “jumping in the water, going for a surf,” no looming competition required. To be followed by more physical activity, such as yoga or a hike. “I like to take our dogs for a beach walk or go skateboarding with them,” she added, and then “a nap and eating good food.” (She satisfies her sweet tooth with green tea or salted caramel ice cream, or the lemon crunch cake from nearby Diamond Head Market & Grill—or, her “go-to snack,” a swirl of vegan soft serve from Untermann’s shop, Banan, in Honolulu. “This macadamia-nut honey butter that they make is really, really good,” she advised.)

And if that all sounds like the epitome of chill… That’s because it is. It may be that surf life talking, but it’s how Moore chooses to roll, whenever possible. Even the life-plan-rattling news last March that the 2020 Olympics were being postponed for at least a year, she took in stride.

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