Brrr... I can’t believe how cold it is in Hawaii right now. I am currently bundled up under three layers of blankets and snuggled in my sweater with a scarf on. I even surfed in a full suit yesterday! No shame. It’s nice to have chilly weather every once in awhile but the North winds have definitely overstayed their welcome. Praying for the return of trades and warmth to come back soon.
The countdown for the first event on the Gold Coast of Australia has begun. Under fifty days! I am enjoying every minute I have at home. Before I know it I’ll be living out of a suitcase again and the road grind will be real. I just returned from spending a few days in California fulfilling WSL and sponsor obligations. My sister is interning for the WSL so it was really fun to get to spend some unexpected time with her in the office. I was a proud big sis walking around all day hearing that everyone in the work space absolutely adores her. WSL had us doing interviews and fun stuff for the upcoming broadcast so get excited!
The first Moore Aloha Camp was a huge success! It turned out better than I expected. It’s always a little scary doing something for the first time. I didn’t know how it was all going to flow or if the girls were going to embrace what I had planned. I luckily had an amazing group of girls from all over; a few from the outer islands, the mainland US and a girl even flew all the way from the Dominican Republic! I was really impressed with their enthusiasm, how they supported one another and how well they listened and were respectful to everyone. I planned lots of activities. We surfed, did a workout, made our own raw balls with Sun and Swell Foods, helped clean the beach with Sustainable Coastlines, surfed again, meditated, journaled, did some yoga and played an incredible game that my dad created. There was never a dull moment. One of the highlights for me was watching all the girls completely pass out during meditation after our long day. My goal for the camp was to use surfing as a platform to bring young women together to empower, inspire and lift each other up. I wanted to create a space that girls could feel free to be themselves, learn, share, create memories and lasting friendships. It was so fulfilling to hear that after the camp ended a group of the girls ended up spending the rest of the afternoon together! Yay me... Mission accomplished! The weekend wouldn’t have been possible without my amazing family and incredible friends, sponsors and people who made generous contributions. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me turn a dream into reality. We did a family trip to Park City. I can count on one hand how many times I’ve been to the snow and this was by far my absolute favorite experience. We stayed with a family friend in their gorgeous countryside estate just outside the city. It was so peaceful watching the snow sparkle as the sun kissed the sky in the morning. Luke was determined to get me on the slopes even though I was being overly cautious with the season coming up. I didn’t want to do anything stupid and get hurt so he taught me how to “leaf” down the mountain. I totally thought it was a thing but for those of you who don’t know, imagine me very slowly, like a falling leaf, swaying from side to side down the bunny slope. That’s it for now. Lights out. Early flight back to California tomorrow morning. Surfs up at the Ranch! Lots of love, Carissa