Carissa Moore pulled off a sensational aerial maneuver this weekend in the Rip Curl Newcastle Cup, the second leg of the Surf League World Championship.
The American surfer was competing in a round against the Frenchwoman Johanne Defay when she succeeded “the best aerial ever seen in women’s competition. “Moore was stunned after she finished backing up, holding her face to her hands in shock.
She was rewarded with a score of 9.9, just off a perfect 10. “I was in disbelief that I did it,” Moore told the WSL. “For it all to come together, it was amazing. It’s something I think about a lot, trying to be innovative, to push the maneuvers over the lip. [of the wave], and I was really happy to get there. “
Moore, 28, won the Rip Curl Newcastle Cup, becoming the world number one for women.
Moore was the WSL Women’s World Tour champion in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2019. She will represent the United States at Tokyo 2020 this summer and has suggested that she could bring the air movement to the Olympics.
“It’s definitely something that I would love to bring to my heat surfing more often and hopefully the Olympics,” she said. “You have to keep reinventing yourself when you’re in this business. All of these girls are so good and are constantly pushing the level of surfing.”