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Currently I Am...

Full... I just ate way too much food and feel like I am going to burst at any moment. There is this amazing falafel place right by our house and I just couldn't stop. So yummy... Slightly frustrated... Had two surf sessions today and nothing really felt like it was clicking. Letting it go and will try again tomorrow. Urgh... Grateful... looking back on 2017. It was a crazy year. A roller coaster of highs, lows and everything in between. Learned a lot about myself, what I want, how I want to do things and what makes me happy. I struggled with who I was when I wasn't winning but learned how to validate myself and push through when things got hard. Highlight was definitely marrying the love o

Iceland

Iceland. There were no expectations really. I knew it was the dead of winter, freezing cold and that there would only be a few hours of sunlight. Other than that, Luke organized the whole trip. Flights, accommodations, everything was taken care of. All I had to do was show up and enjoy the ride. We arrived in the middle of the afternoon and the sun was already setting. We couldn’t see the sun or anything, the skies were thick with rain clouds and the air had a nasty bite to it. It only took the walk from the arrival gate to the car rental shuttle for my fingers and face to freeze to an uncomfortable numb. Our first piece of advice was given to us as we were handed the keys to our rental car:

 

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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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