World champion Carissa Moore ‘rips’ in water, recording studio

Carissa Moore

Defending Association of Surfing Professionals World Champion and top-ranked surfer in the world, Palolo Valley’s Carissa Moore is recreating the “Endless Summer.”

The 21-year-old, who is up for an ESPY Award later this week for best in a female action sport, will be inducted into the Surfer’s Hall of Fame at the end of the month.

But it doesn’t end there — on Monday, iTunes released her singing debut, a duet called “Love Down on You” with Kevin Okimoto from Opihi Pickers.

“I always loved singing. I always sing in the shower. I haven’t built up enough confidence to sing in front of people, but (Okimoto) was kind enough to work with me over a number of months to me show the way,” said Moore. “It was just really fun to do do something different, to check it off the bucket list to say I did it just once.”

When asked if she is going to follow the footsteps of current ASP Big Wave Tour number one Makua Rothman, who released his debut album “Soundwave” late last year that would later become #1 on the Billboard reggae chart, Moore left the door open.

“Oh my goodness, I don’t know if I’ll be another Makua Rothman,” she said. “I have no idea where this is going to take me, I just wanted to try it. I really did enjoy singing, but I’m really busy right now with the whole surfing thing. Maybe in the future. We’ll see.”

Moore’s song is available for purchase on iTunes.

Up next in regards to the water will be the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, Calif.

The holding period for that event begins on July 27.

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