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  The 25th Annual T&C Grom Contest at iconic Queens Beach in Waikīkī enjoyed a small southwest swell, June 3-4. The sets weren’t consistent but the stoke sure was.
World Oceans Month Is Here, Another Win For Moore
 Also on June 3, Sustain- able Coastlines Hawai‘i held its Island Wide Clean- up in Mokuleʻia, Waiʻanae, Kāneʻohe and even A‘ala Park in Chinatown.
In surfing contest news, a huge congrats to Hawaiʻi’s Carissa Moore and Califor- nia’s Griffin Colapinto for winning the Ranch Pro at Kel- ly Slater’s pool in Lemoore, California, on May 28.
This impact-focused clean- up kicked off World Oceans Month. Approximately 70% of Earth’s surface is ocean and our oceans are connected to major lakes and waterways through a complex drainage
The venue was the sixth (of 10) stops and is located on freshwater farmland near- ly 100 miles from the ocean. The contest took just two days, unlike ocean contests, which take 10 days due to holding periods.
Carissa Moore is feeling really good after winning the Ranch Pro in Lemoore, California. IMAGE COURTESY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR
TV. Plus, I love the chat and insight from the competitors and commentators. There is so much surfing, and waves teach us about life.
“You can’t wipe the smile off my face right now,” she says. “And to be sharing the podium with these amazing humans is an honor. I think all of us as athletes just want to perform to the best of our potential and I definite- ly think there was more for me to give out here. But, I
system on land. Because of this, all of us are connected to the ocean.
victory on the World Cham- pionship Tour, her second win at Surf Ranch and her third win this season (out of six contests ... that’s a 50% rate)! This puts her at No. 1 and she now wears the coveted yellow jersey go- ing into the El Salvador Pro June 9-18.
felt happy and present, and that’s what matters most to me. I didn’t really imagine it would go quite this good and I’m just really happy. I have a lot of family and friends here, and watching all over the world, so I re- ally appreciate all the love. It’s a perfect wave, but it’s really difficult to ride. It took a couple surfs to figure out the timing again and get to calm the nerves, but I just felt really good.”
At Ranch Pro, everyone knew exactly what to expect:
onous ...though I can still barely take my eyes off the
GQ, droppin’ in 4 U!
perfect 2- to 4-foot lefts and rights peeling for 45 seconds. For me, the waves were so perfect it got a bit monot-
We feel good, too! Thank you, Carissa!
This was Carissa’s 28th
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