Pro surfer Carissa Moore honors the ‘Queen of Makaha’ in latest competition

On this girls day, the world’s best surfers paid tribute to women they look up to.
Published: Mar. 3, 2022 at 6:55 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - On this Girls’ Day, the world’s best surfers paid tribute to women they look up to.

Competing at the MEO Pro Portugal, world surfing champ and Olympic gold medalist Carissa Moore chose to honor the “Queen of Makaha,” the late Rell Sunn, bearing her name on her jersey.

Sunn was Hawaii’s first female lifeguard, and in 1975, co-founded the Women’s International Surfing Association.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1983, Sunn continued surfing and even helped launch a breast cancer awareness program at the Waianae Cancer Research Center.

Sunn passed away in 1998 at the age of 47 after a 15-year battle with the disease. More than 3,000 people attended her memorial service.

“She’s generous, she’s kind and a really good human,” Moore said. “Unfortunately, I didn’t get to know her personally very much because she passed away when I was really young, but I had the opportunity to surf in keiki contest at Makaha Beach.”

Doing her best in the howling wind of Peniche, Portugal, Moore won her opening round heat. She moves onto the round of 16 where she’ll take on Bronte McCully of Australia.

The competition could resume as early as Friday if the conditions are right.

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