September 15, 2015 - by Carissa

My Summer

I haven’t written since the US Open and a lot has happened since then. From California, I packed my bags and went straight to Costa Rica with my dad, Luke and Cayla. It was nice to get away, refresh and spend quality time with my sister before she left for college. We surfed, relaxed, ate well, adventured, and stayed in the most beautiful mansion overlooking the ocean. I can’t believe how spoiled we were! We went to a butterfly farm, found and fed wild monkeys and went on a crazy crocodile tour! Costa Rica is one of the most breathtaking places I have ever been with the kindest, happiest people I have ever met.  

After that we returned to our rock in the middle of the Pacific. I fell back into the routine I love of surfing, training, sleeping, spending time with family, scrap booking, cleaning, visiting Luke at his food truck, and eating gelato:) I turned 23! My sister packed up her things and left for school in Santa Barbara. It was really hard to see her go. Days after her departure, I found myself walking past her room and wishing she was there to mess it up. I always complained that she never did enough around the house, now I could care less. Never know what you’ve got till its gone.

I didn’t have to wait long to see her tho! Two weeks and we were reunited at San Clemente Pier train station!! My baby sister caught the train all by herself! #soproud! We spent the weekend surfing and prepping for the Swatch Women’s Pro at Trestles. There was a fantastic swell and plenty of waves so we had a blast hanging out at the beach for several hours everyday. It’s so nice to be around family and close friends that just get you. You don’t have to entertain, you can just be yourself.  They will completely embrace you and always have your back no matter what. 

I am currently lying in bed enjoying the rainy lay day here in California. Raining in SoCal! Who would’ve thought? It’s been so warm here. Especially the water! I haven’t touched my full suit once. The contest has been challenging but so much fun! We lucked out with waves for the first four days of the event. Now we are just waiting for the next little swell to arrive Thursday/Friday. Can’t wait!! Wish me luck!! Hope you are having a great day! Xx