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School's Out, Surf's Up

Carissa Moore Carissa Moore

By Russell Yamanoha

HONOLULU (KHNL) - School's out for the summer, and that's fine by Carissa Moore.

A good day for her, is sun, sand perfect surf.

"I just have a lot of fun going out there and surfing with everyone," said Moore, "The waves are really fun so I'm just stoked with everything."

At just 14 years old, Carissa is one of the fastest rising young stars in the surf world.

Back in March, at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast in Australia, Moore became the youngest competitor to reach the finals of an ASP pro event, finishing 2nd.

Then a couple of weeks ago, she beat out more than 60 hawaii boys, to capture the Quiksilver King of Groms contest.

"All the boys were surfing really good in the final and I was kind of nervous because I hadn't caught anything in the heat yet," Moore said. "But I got kind of lucky and caught a wave, it wasn't a great wave I just tried to surf the best that I could, and I kind of got lucky with that one."

As a result, Carissa is the first girl to qualify for the King of Groms World Final which will be held in France this summer, that's the good news.

The bad news is...

"Unfortunately it doesn't look like we'll be able to go this year," she said, "I'm still very thankful, its very cool."

But when you're 14 and having fun becoming a world class surfer, it's not always about winning events.

"Sometimes when I think about it too much I get really nervous and don't do very well," she said. "I just got to go with the flow and just enjoy it."

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