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No Contest

A fun article and web piece I did with RedBull around the Lowers event. Click here for the write up!!

The Test

When I started this journal entry I was on a flight back to the islands to spend forty eight hours at home before three weeks in Europe. I was completely exhausted running off of two hours of sleep from the previous nights festivities and the two most incredible days at the Surf Ranch. There was so much excitement, stoke and adrenaline running through my veins. I have to admit a week later, half way around the world in Portugal, I am still on such a high! I can't close my eyes without seeing it all replay over and over again in my mind. Let's start from the beginning. I drove up to Lemoore with Brandon Guilmette and Lei Hookano. They both work for Hurley but are two of my dearest friends.

Gratitude

What can I say? Today's result stings... I'm sitting in my room trying to process the events. I'm my harshest critic. I spend way too much time over thinking and over analyzing every little thing and that usually takes me to a pretty dark place. One of the quotes I've read recently is: "You can't keep doing the same things and expect a different result." So... instead of choosing negativity and questioning everything like I've done the past six events, I'm going to choose gratitude. Let me start off by saying that was a pretty epic heat. I'm thankful for the opportunity to surf one of my favorite waves with only one other person out. Thankful for the challenge, for the game, the battle. An

California

The waiting period for the Swatch Women's Pro at Lower Trestles starts tomorrow. I've been here for three days warming up, trying out new boards, resting, getting acclimated, having fun with the Kenworthys. All the normal stuff before an event. I'm staying at a great house close to the venue with some awesome people. Dad is here and Luke gets in tonight!! Vibes are good. My mind is a bit preoccupied so I apologize for the short and unexciting blog entry this week. Here are some fun photos that highlight my trip so far!! Wish me luck...  Xx

 

About

CURRENTLY I AM...

28 years old, married to the love of my life and traveling the world as a Professional Surfer. I spend six months of the year living out of a suitcase, chasing waves and following my dream. The other six months you'll find me at home in Honolulu, Hawaii with my Husband, Luke, and Two dogs, Maya and Tuffy.

 

my Dad taught me how to surf when I was five years old at Waikiki Beach and I was immediately hooked. the ocean is my happy place! I feel so blessed to be doing what I love everyday. 2019 is my tenth season competing on the World Championship Tour of Surfing. I am grateful for my three world titles in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

 

Winning a contest is great but the feeling is only temporary. on my journey, what stands out the most are all the moments in between... the belly aching laughs, breathtaking sunsets, yummy meals shared with friends and incredible adventures. to me Happiness and success aren't defined by the trophies or accolades but by the small victories and simple joys everyday.   

 

I'm inspired by those who live authentically and have the courage to be vulnerable. My dream is to encourage others to live their passions, be unapologetically themselves and to take the time for others and the world around them.

 

when I'm not surfing, you can find me scrapbooking, visiting with my family, training or taking naps. I am horrified of heights and holding earth worms. I love food and have a major sweet tooth.   

 

This is me in a nutshell. I'm genuinely myself. My journey is imperfect but I am laughing, loving and learning every step of the way. Thanks for sharing it with me.  

 

Xx,

Carissa

 

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