Hawaiian surfer up for prestigious sports award

By Abigail Richards

It was recently announced that Carissa Moore, a Hawaiian surfer, has just been nominated for the 2012 Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year, one of the most prestigious awards for athletes, according to ESPN.

Moore was crowned the 2010 ASP Women’s World Champion in July, and has broken numerous records, including the youngest person to earn that title. Moore surfed six finals in the seven-contest season, which allowed her to earn the title of World Champion in Biarritz, France.

The other athletes that are up for this award include Shaun White, Kelly Slater, snowboarder Travis White and BMX legend Jamie Bestwick.

“I don’t know much about the award, but it’s certainly an honor to be nominated alongside those athletes,” Moore told ESPN via email. “Winning the world title in France was a definite highlight [of 2011]. Being able to raise the Hawaiian flag above my head and represent where I come from was a dream come true.”

Not only is Moore known for her record while surfing, but also for giving back. She recently donated $15,000 to the Waitara bar Boardriders Club, and plans on donating to a cause as much as she can.