Yesterday was proclaimed Carissa Moore day in Hawaii for the pro surfer's contributions to her community and the sport of surfing.
At just 23-years-old, Honolulu native Moore is a three-time world surfing champion.
She was the youngest surfer to compete in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing at 11 years old.
At age 19, she became the youngest world champion in surfing history.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell presented her with the honor at Ala Moana Beach Park yesterday.
He said her spirit of aloha and the leadership Moore exudes is what caused him to proclaim it Carissa Moore day.
“Carissa walks in the footsteps of folks like Rell Sunn and Duke Kahanamoku, and gives back to the community through her style of leadership,” Caldwell said. “They live in our hearts through love and aloha and I believe Carissa carries that same spirit.”
Moore said she did not see this coming.
“I never dreamt that I would ever be where I am today let alone ever have my own day,” she wrote on Instagram.
Her recommendation to celebrate the day?
“Do something that makes your heart and soul happy,” she told the crowd.
For her, that meant spending the day with family and in the ocean.
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