2020 Tokyo Olympics: American Surfer Carissa Moore Makes History Winning Gold in Sport’s Debut

by Madison Miller

In many ways, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is already proving to be quite the competitive battleground. The U.S. is currently leading with 22 total medals from all the talented athletes gathered in Tokyo.

One of these talented athletes is Carissa Moore, a professional surfer.

This year, the Olympics included four new sports for competition. This includes skateboarding, surfing, sports climbing, and karate.

Surfer Carissa Moore Makes History

Today, (July 27) Moore made history on the Olympic stage for millions to witness.

The Team USA surfer won the gold, therefore being the first to ever win a gold medal in surfing at the Olympics Games.

According to NBC News, Moore is a surfing prodigy of sorts. The Hawaiian athlete was the youngest world champion surfer back in the day. Now, she just beat Bianca Buitendag from South Africa with her final score of 14.93, compared to Buitendag’s 8.46.

Surfing is evaluated on a scale of 0.1 to 10.0. Each surfer rides a wave and is then evaluated by the panel of judges after the performance. The panel takes out the highest and lowest of the five scores collected. The three remaining are averaged out and this is the total score.

The two best runs on the waves are also added together for a heat total, which is out of a possible 20 points.

Another American, Caroline Marks, was just barely edged out of winning the bronze medal in the event. She lost to Japan’s Amuro Tsuzuki with a final score of 6.80 to 4.26.

Carissa Moore Olympics Journey

Carissa Moore is a four-time surfing world champion.

However, even her success in the world champion competitions couldn’t compare to the feeling of getting to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. From the start, she was eyeing that prized gold medal to add to her collection.

Moore has some of the classic surfer calmness and nonchalant attitude.

“I have to trust the universe that it’s gonna work out and at the end of the day, there’s just things I can’t control and you just have to be like, alright, that’s that,” Moore said in an interview with NBC News prior to her big win on the Olympics stage.

Her dad works as her coach as well back home. She also has her own nonprofit called the Moore Aloha Charitable Foundation, which she launched back in 2018. Her goal is to bring young women together through surfing in order to learn to encourage and inspire each other.

“Our camps and events take the participants through a variety of activities that promote self confidence, positive body image, healthy living, mindfulness of the people and world around them. At each of our events we partner with another non-profit and use our combined girl power to give back and continue that ripple affect of love and aloha in the community,” Moore wrote on the website’s about section.