Carissa Moore survives roller coaster to win historic surfing gold at 2021 Olympics

Everybody’s gone surfing, Surfing USA has its historic first gold medal.

Hawaii native Carissa Moore grabbed the gold Tuesday in the inaugural women’s surfing competition at the Olympics, winning the shortboard event Tuesday in Tokyo.

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The 28-year-old Moore, a four-time world champion, posted a scoring wave average of 14.93 to defeat South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag and Japan’s Amuro Tsuzuki at Tsurigasaki Beach in surfing’s debut at the Summer Games.

 “I’m very proud and honored. It’s been a crazy couple of days, a little bit of a roller coaster of emotions just trying to figure out the break, find my rhythm, learning how to trust myself without my family here,” Moore told reporters. “I feel super blessed, super fortunate. It’s been an incredible experience…I can’t wait to come home and celebrate.”

Moore became the youngest surfer to win a world title at 18 in 2011, also finishing atop the ASP Women’s World Tour in 2013, 2015 and 2019.

Another American, Caroline Marks, finished fourth after dropping her bronze medal match to Tsuzuki.

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