Hawaii's Carissa Moore earns 2020 Olympic spot in surfing
HONOLUA BAY, Maui, Hawaii; Carissa Moore (USA) has qualified through the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) to represent USA at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Following Moore’s result at the lululemon Maui Pro, she is guaranteed to finish as one of the top two American women on the WSL Rankings and has earned her provisional place to compete in Tokyo.
“I am honored to be going to the Olympics next year and representing the US,” said Moore. “I haven’t even let myself dream about it because I wanted to make it and then finally dream about it. I am excited to go home and celebrate with my family. More work to do tomorrow for Finals Day but overall I am so grateful and happy.”
Moore, 27, is a three-time World Champion from Honolulu, Hawaii. Moore arrived on the Championship Tour in 2010 posing an immediate threat to Stephanie Gilmore’s reign. She unleashed a paradigm-shifting supply of power to the CT, earning her three World Titles. Moore won her last World Title in 2015 and suffered through her career-worst slump in 2017, winning just one event and ending the year at No. 5. In 2018, Moore jumped back up to No. 3 on the rankings with two first-place finishes, and now is within striking distance of winning her fourth World Title in 2019.
Surfing will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo in 2020 and the 2019 WSL CT, the elite year-long tour that crowns the World Champions each season, will be an important qualification pathway for the world's best surfers.
The world’s best surfers are currently in Hawaii for the final stop on the 2019 CT, the lululemon Maui Pro, which is likely to see the final qualifications unfold tomorrow starting at 7:35 a.m. HST.