Olympic champ Moore goals to make it six of the perfect in WSL finals

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Browsing – Girls’s Shortboard – Spherical 1 – Tsurigasaki Browsing Seashore, Tokyo, Japan – July 25, 2021. Carissa Moore of america in motion throughout Warmth 1 REUTERS/Lisi Niesner/File Picture

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LOS ANGELES, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Successful the primary Olympic gold medal in browsing may need been a excessive watermark for some, however for Carissa Moore it has accomplished little to dampen her aggressive starvation as she goals for a sixth World Surf League title in California this week.

The affable Hawaiian hall-of-famer is rarely sluggish to smile or snigger, however beneath all of it is a burning want to be the perfect in a sport that has change into much more seen since making its Olympic debut in Tokyo a yr in the past.

“I am undoubtedly aggressive, like I wish to win — when that horn blows, there’s that a part of me that desires to play the sport onerous with all the opposite girls do on tour,” the 30-year-old instructed Reuters in a video interview.

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“There’s this good contentment now in what I’ve achieved and never feeling like I would like to want this win, however it’s extra like, I simply actually wish to win, and I wish to carry out properly.”

Her 2021 clear sweep of the WSL title and the Olympic gold medal put her within the public eye like by no means earlier than.

“I undoubtedly noticed a rise in followers and curiosity on Instagram, (I used to be) travelling and interacting with those who I by no means would have thought knew browsing or would watch browsing, they usually had been like, oh, they knew my title. And I believed that was fairly cool,” Moore stated.

Previously season girls bought to compete at Teahupo’o in Tahiti, the seashore that would be the venue for the 2024 Olympic competitors however beforehand had been thought of too harmful for feminine rivals.

“It’s undoubtedly a really intimidating wave. It is one thing that I like you need to see in particular person, as a result of simply seeing it through a TV display screen, or a telephone display screen, or a pc display screen simply doesn’t do it justice,” Moore defined.


“It is a marvel of the world, the way it simply is available in over this reef and it surges. And there is this massive barrel, and it is loopy… there’s plenty of consequence in a wave like that, however it’s actually, actually thrilling for those who get one.”

When requested if she intends to surf it to defend her Olympic title, Moore factors to the energy of the competitors in American browsing in the intervening time, and says it’s certainly not a given she will probably be chosen to attend.

“I would like to be part of the Olympics. However I’ve some work to make that, I’ve some work to do if I wish to, (however) I wish to be there,” she stated.

For now, she has the WSL finals to look ahead to beginning on Thursday at Decrease Trestles in San Clemente, California, the place she as soon as once more expects the browsing to placed on a present for the worldwide viewers.

“You can be glued to your display screen from sunup to sunset, and it will be eight hours of actually nice actions, as a result of all the athletes left within the occasion — there are 5 males, 5 girls — they would not be there in the event that they weren’t extremely gifted, pushed, aggressive,” she stated.

“There’s some actually nice matchups and it will be enjoyable, I simply I really like the head-to-head matchups during and it appears to be like like there will be some actually good swell on provide, so a number of good browsing.”

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Reporting by Philip O’Connor
Modifying by Christian Radnedge

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