This weekend, the whole country will finally be able to experience what we SoCal residents already look forward to every year: The U.S. Open of Surfing. NBC will air the event this Saturday, September 15 at 1:30pm EST as part of the Red Bull Signature Series, an effort to bring action sports to a more mainstream audience. We caught up with this year's runner-up Carissa Moore to relive some of the highlights and get pumped for Saturday:
The whole country is about to see you surf when NBC airs the U.S. Open of Surfing
I know! I'm so excited.
You had a tough year in terms of results, so how did it feel to take second at this year's U.S. Open of Surfing?
You know, it's tough. I was so close, and it comes down to either you or the other person. I'm really happy with second, but I still wanted to win this year. I did learn a lot!
For you the season is over, so what are you up to now?
I'm actually at home in Hawaii, so for the next six months I'll continue training. I love hiking, boxing, cycling and just being active. When trips arise I always jump at the chance to go, and I'll also work on taking lots of photos and videos of my surfing. I love competition but free surfing is so much fun, too.
What do you love about surfing in Huntington, and what would you pass on?
I'm not a fan of the waves. It's a soft beach break so sometimes it's tough. But Huntington is the pinnacle of the surfing industry, so I get to see everyone there. I have to admit—I love the crowd and surfing in that arena. It's exciting performing in front of so many people.
Is the crowd a lot larger than at other events?
It's absolutely crazy compared to normal competitions. I'll walk down the beach and it's hard to even get to the competitors' area because of all the people! I look forward to the chaos.
Why should people tune in this Saturday?
It's a chance to see what surfing is all about. There are so many stereotypes about surfers, but we are athletes. We have coaches; we see dietitians. It's a really unique sport and the spontaneity of it is what makes it so exciting.
Tune into NBC this Saturday to watch Carissa in action!