BY OLIVIA SKIBIEL | EDITORIAL INTERN
The quote “Imagine what you could do if you knew you couldn’t fail” stood out to me as I read this essay, “Perfect Day,” written by professional surfer, Carissa Moore. Reading on, I came to be more familiar with who Carissa was, and why she was writing the article. The goal of her article is to inform the readers about how women’s surfing is making changes and becoming more competitive as the years go on. To set the stage, she states that it is with self-talk about how she believes in herself, and knows that this is the time, and is what she was made to do, played a key role in her triumph. Carissa Moore was the 2015 World Surf League women’s champion, one of the biggest titles in sports. She competed against Sally Fitzgibbons, one of the top surfers in the world. As the wave of her perfect 10 score came crashing in, Carissa could feel the excitement within her. Throughout the heat, Carissa had many great runs, but nothing compared to the last wave of the competition, and ultimately the one that topped off her victory. “I let go completely and just surfed from my heart.” In previous years, Moore had failed over and over again in the same competition where she was now competing. Down in the beginning of the quarterfinals of the 2015 WSL championships, she had one thought: just let go and don’t stop, just like the men do. Men don’t beat themselves up when they make a mistake, they just move on. Women, on the other hand, think about the mistake too often after it has passed, which affects future opportunities and outcomes.
“By not letting up, anybody can accomplish whatever they set their mind to, and be successful.” – Olivia Skibiel
Moore is proud to be a woman athlete because she states that women’s leagues are getting more competitive each year. The rise of girl athletes in the world of surfing is stunning, and more girls are gaining respect for what they do. More girls are being given chances to earn their spot and get waves. Although girl surfers are gaining more public respect, the world of sports for women isn’t only growing in surfing, but in all competitive sports. To end the essay, Moore talks about how young girls have the technology to watch the surfing championships and can follow their favorite surfers easier than when she was young. When she was a young girl, learning to surf, “the uncles” would watch over all the young kids surfing off the coast of Maui. They would watch the kids grow up and teach them all about the sport. Nowadays, Carissa Moore would like to be more involved with that and quotes “Maybe soon it won’t just be the uncles keeping an eye on all the surf spots… it’ll be the aunties too.” By saying this, Carissa shows how women are starting to make an impact and rise up to the “level” the boys are at.
Moreover, this article stood out to me because of her connection to doing the thing she loves, and how optimistic Carissa is about women’s sports on the rise. The message of this article is that through all the negativity surrounding the women’s athletics – whether it be basketball, soccer, softball, or any sport – remain positive and believe in your capabilities to overcome any situation. Personally, I can connect to this essay because I have found myself in situations where even if I already knew that I would come out on top, I still performed to the best of my ability. By not letting up, anybody can accomplish whatever they set their mind to, and be successful. While many people had their skeptics about Carissa winning, she proved herself time and time again, and that’s what it takes to be a champion at any level.