And if you think she's going to be out of her league, think again. At 12 years of age, in a post-heat interview at Haleiwa during the women's Triple Crown of 2004, after losing to some of the world's best women of the time, she was far from daunted:
"I'm only 12, I've got more years to keep trying," she said, still visibly disappointed in herself for losing. "It wasn't that different to other contests really, the girls were just bigger."
Perhaps it won't be Carissa who will be nervous next week...
~ Jodi Wilmott ~
*Each event of the VTCS has an extended holding period, during which time competition will be held on the four best days of surf within the period. Current surf forecasts lean towards competition getting underway around the middle of next week.
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