Advice from the first ever Olympic champion in women’s surfing

TOKYO – Olympic fans have been captivated by the United States Women’s Gymnastics Team, Swim Team and even USA Basketball, but these Olympics provide an opportunity to witness sports the Utahns may not be familiar with. be not too much.

Carissa Moore is from Hawaii and has been surfing and competing for years, but this is the first time surfing has been an Olympic sport. Unlike some indoor events, the surf is at Mother Nature’s discretion, some days there are good waves while other days the surfers go without. Moore said, ‘it’s just surfing’.

Surfers are rated by a panel of five judges on each wave they ride on a scale of 0.1 to 10.0. For those who live in a landlocked state, surfing can be a bit difficult to get to grips with.

“Surfing is very free,” said Moore. “I highly recommend it, have no fear. If I had a recommendation for someone just starting out, don’t be afraid to ask for help. The bigger the board, the better. So more stabilization and it’s a lot of fun. It’s fluid, it’s, you have to be very present because if you are not present, Mother Nature can just come and sweep you away.

Also on the water today, Ugandan rower Kathleen Noble, who lives in Salt Lake City, has her last row of these Olympics but is not in contention for a medal.

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