She's number 1!
The Ultimate Surfer will air its final episode tonight on ABC television and Zeke Lau will win and one of the remaining female contestants will also win but we all know, and they all know too, that “Ultimate” means “Lightly Above Average” in their case.
No, The Ultimate Surfer is Carissa Moore and not even 11x World Champ Kelly Slater has had a more successful season than her.
First, the Honolulu-born Moore won the first-ever Olympic gold medal in surfing.
Then, she won the first-ever World Surf League Finals Day, snagging her own fifth World Title along the way.
Now, she is becoming enshrined on Huntington Beach’s very august surfing “Walk of Fame.”
John Etheridge, Surfing Walk of Fame Chairman of the Board, said, “After 18 months of world-wide closures and uncertainty, this year’s class of Surfing Walk of Fame inductees is incredible. Our goal to celebrate surfing, surfers, surf culture and its history has never been more completely represented than it is in this class. In a year where we’ve lost so many inductees like Greg Noll, Ben Aipa and Rick ‘Rockin Fig’ Fignetti, we’re so proud to honor this year’s group of honorees.”
Moore is entering the Walk as “Woman of the Year” alongside Damien Hardman, enshrined as “surf champion,” Mike Tabeling, a “Surf Pioneer” Cecil Lear and Hoppy Starts, “Surf Culture” and others.
A major honor, in any case, and there is virtually nothing that great shade painter Kelly Slater could say or write to diminish at all.
No way he could pour her glass half empty.
Moore as the story develops.