Moore Nominated for “Best Female Action Sports Athlete”
By Rodney S. Yap
Hawaii surfer Carissa Moore, the youngest woman to win an ASP world championship, is one of four nominees in the ESPYS “Best Female Action Sports Athlete” category.
The ESPYS are the annual awards by ESPN, with the winners chosen via online voting. Moore’s breakout season in 2011 included her first world title at age 18, with a win in France at the Roxy Pro Biarritz in July. During the season, the Punahou School graduate made six finals out of seven world tour events, winning three of them.
The other nominees in her division are all X Games snowboarding gold medalists: Jamie Anderson, Kelly Clark and Kaya Turski.
“It’s an honor for Carissa to be mentioned alongside some of the world’s best athletes,” Moore’s father Chris said.
In her blog on her website http://www.carissamoore.com/ Carissa writes: “Somehow I was nominated for an ESPY this year. Quite an honor to be up for an award in the Action Sports category with the likes of Jamie Anderson, Kelly Clark and Kaya Turski. Amazing women and amazing accomplishments this year. If you have a moment to vote that would be awesome . . . http://espn.go.com/espys/index.”
Online voting started Wednesday and runs through July 9. The 20th ESPYS show is July 11 on ESPN from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California.