“In the beginning, there was no big scheme about winning world titles or being the best in the world, it was just us enjoying the ocean together.”-Carissa Moore“
For the month of June, DMH is extremely humbled to be able to highlight local celebrity and professional surfer, Carissa Kainani Moore. The world recognizes Carissa for her dedication, talent, and competitive spirit. We are excited to be able to share her story of family, strength, and personal fulfillment through doing what she loves and everything that comes along with it.
With excitement, Carissa shares that her dad just finished writing his first book called, First Priority, her mom is the owner of ELH in Kaimuki, where she appraises and auctions antiques, and her sister, Cayla, will start her junior year of college at Pepperdine University this coming Fall. She also shared with us that she will be getting married to her best friend and owner of Banan, Luke Untermann in December. Other than surfing, Carissa enjoys scrap-booking, hanging out with family, napping, working the register at Banan, and being active.
As Carissa began to describe her journey of becoming a professional surfer, she expressed how fortunate enough she is to do something she loves every day and make a living out of it.
“It started off as something I just loved to do with my dad. He pushed me into my first wave when I was four years old at Waikiki beach. In the beginning, there was no big scheme about winning world titles or being the best in the world it was just us enjoying the ocean together.”
Now she gets to travel the world, surf, and compete on the World Championship of Surfing.
Surfing has given Carissa the opportunity to do what she loves and help people along the way. She tells us how fortunate she is to live this life, and that it doesn’t take much to make a difference. It can be something as simple as taking the time for someone every day, sharing a compliment, a hello, or a thank you, all of which can send a positive ripple effect in all directions.
“Being vulnerable, genuine and real is one of the easiest ways to make a difference, and I find that to be one of the most inspiring things.”
Carissa has volunteered her time with Waves for Water, an organization that brings water filters to those who don't have access to clean water. Accessurf is another organization that she has been a part of in the past. Their primary mission is helping people with disabilities enjoy the ocean and sport of surfing. She also recently traveled to Israel and volunteered with Surfing for Peace, an organization that brings people of all backgrounds, religions and color together in a place of peace.
“The best part is that you end up getting so much more in return when you give back. The smiles are priceless and sense of appreciation for the simplest joys in life make me feel so full.”
There isn’t one time of year or particular organization Carissa is tied to, but she recognizes there are so many good ones out there, so she does what feels right and what feels good to her.
“My dad definitely inspires me. He's the one that constantly encourages me to look at the bigger picture. It's not about how many contests you win or how much money you make, it's about the time you spend with people, the laughs you share, the small positive difference you make. That's what you will be remembered for.”
Carissa Moore truly is a Difference Maker because she understands and fully lives out that giving back shouldn't need recognition. It feels the best when it comes from the heart and when no one is watching.
“My dream is that we could all be good to each other and help each other out. Be kind. Be generous. Love fully and completely. I wish there was no jealousy or anger. That we could communicate better with one another. Have respect for one another. And appreciate everyone's individuality.”
To inspire means to fill someone with the urge or ability to do or feel something.
Carissa, we are thankful for your gentle spirit and your enormous out pour of love for your community and for people all around the world.
Carissa’s Favorite Quote:
The comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing ever grows there.
Continue to follow Carissa on her Journey throughout life by following her: @rissmoore10
If you feel inspired to give back just as Carissa has, take a look at these great organizations below for more information on how to get involved.
Waves For Water
Surfing For Peace