Carissa Moore has chance to change women's surfing


POSTED: Friday, April 30, 2010

You've got 3 seconds to think of the name of a current member of the women's pro surfing tour.

Time's up.

Sorry ... Kelly Slater's a guy.

Those of you who are surfing fans knew that. And if you're a water person you may have come up with Carissa Moore. The rest of you didn't—even though my friend, Darryl Nagao, who follows the sport closely, says Carissa is, “;the Michelle Wie of surfing.”;

I agree, to some extent. They certainly have a lot in common. Moore, 17, is a senior at Punahou, and she's a prodigy. Also like Wie, she's very generous; Moore donated her $15,000 in winnings from her first ASP tournament victory this month to a New Zealand surfing group.

Moore—who previously competed as a “;wild-card”; entry, sort of like a sponsor's exemption in golf—joined the tour this season. She returned home this week, to hit the books rather than the waves. She missed her senior prom, but looks forward to graduating with her classmates.

“;The next (tour) event is on the day of graduation,”; she said while taking a study break at Kewalo Basin, waiting for her dad and sister to come out of the water. “;But I'm marching.”;

It took her three events to accomplish what those watching closely say was inevitable. Moore said she was “;frustrated”; in the first two meets because she didn't perform up to her ability.

Moore was the first female to appear on the cover of Surfer magazine in 10 years. Her acrobatic moves in the water could change the sport for women—including, some say, its inequity in compensation.

“;I don't know if what I do will change how women get paid in the sport,”; she said. “;I want to be creative, and I'd like to do things to make a difference in people's lives. We'll see where the road takes me.”;

» You have your choice of free sports events at the University of Hawaii tonight: the football spring “;Warrior Bowl”; or a softball game against rival Fresno State. Whatever you do, make sure you get there early; the traffic will be crazy since baseball also opens its series with Nevada.

If you want to get an idea of how the football team is progressing, keep your eye off the ball. Watch the offensive line. It might not be as entertaining, but that's the X-factor, the group that will make the biggest impact on the record this fall.

» We hear Saint Louis might finally hire a coach today, Darnell Arceneaux. Good fit.

Now, what happened with Kalaheo basketball? The Mustangs were a tower of consistency for decades under Pete Smith and Chico Furtado. And now veteran coach Chic Hess steps down after two weeks on the job? Looks like another program is victim to unrealistic standards set up by its own success.

» I love baseball standings at the end of April, with upstart teams surprisingly at or near the top. It would make the summer more interesting if the Mets, Nationals or Padres can continue to contend in the National League.

The Rays aren't really a surprise; and if David Price continues to pitch this well, Tampa Bay could hold off the Yankees and Red Sox.

» I'm fine with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell coming down hard on players with moral compasses gone awry, regardless of whether they are convicted or even charged with a crime.

But he should expand his iron fist to coaches (Tom Cable hitting an assistant) and general managers (Jeff Ireland asking a potential draftee if his mother was a prostitute).

Shouldn't management be held to as high a standard as labor?

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