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Carissa Moore’s pre-competition playlist features Kita Alexander and Billie Eilish

When it comes to work hard, play hard, surfer Carissa Moore has often worked harder. Therefore, after her 2024 Olympics, she will focus a little more on her personal life by taking a break from competitive surfing. “There’s so much I’m looking forward to,” says the 31-year-old Red Bull athlete, noting that she’ll be expanding her Moore Aloha charity foundation, which organizes events and creates mentorship opportunities for young women, beyond just hanging out. out with friends and family, traveling and “surfing without a sweater on!”

But this break shouldn’t surprise those she’s closest to — Moore has always emphasized balance. The preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games was proof of this. “One of my favorite surfing moments… winning gold in (Tokyo),” Moore says. “I prepared for many days in the water and the gym, but also talked to my sports psychologist, meditated, ate well and balanced everything with good rest.”

Here, we caught up with the Olympian just before the 2024 Paris Games – her last competition for a while – to talk sunscreen, grooming and taking care of her mental health as a professional athlete.

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Which products do you wear on match days?

My competition bag always contains Sun Bum SPF 50 or 70, and a leave-in conditioner to care for my hair after surfing.

Salt water is damaging to the hair. How do you keep yours under control and what is your hair routine?

I’m a simple girl. I use a leave-in conditioner and try to take my time when brushing my hair to avoid pulling and pulling at my roots. I also love to give myself a little scalp massage!

How often do you use SPF while surfing?

I try to apply every hour and a half to two hours.

Do you have any pre-match rituals?

I like to listen to good music. Kita Alexander, Billie Eilish and Lily Meola are my favorites at the moment!

What makes you feel your best?

When I’m not competing or training, I like to eat at my favorite restaurant Hale Vietnam in my hometown of Kaimuki, Hawaii.

Is there something about competitive surfing that more people should understand, or something that most people don’t?

Getting to know the ocean takes years and years of experience. Surfing is one of the most challenging sports because of all the variables and unknowns of Mother Nature. I think a surfer’s ability to adapt to ever-changing situations is often underappreciated.

How are you taking care of your mental health during this time?

I see my sports psychologist once a week, I keep a diary and I make time to meditate every day. I also do TMS (Transmagnetic Cranial Stimulation) at Brain Health Hawaii. Surrounding myself with good people has also really kept me in a good headspace leading up to the Olympics.

Is there anything you would like to tell your younger self about today/where you are now?

I often doubted myself and worried about things I had no control over, and I still do. If I could tell my younger self anything, it would be: trust your timing! Be patient, work hard and believe. Everything will be fine and it will fall into place beautifully.

How can others get into the sport?

Go for it! Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Falling, getting up, falling and getting up again. Riding that wave all the way to the beach will be the most rewarding feeling. Most importantly: have fun.

This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.