HONOLULU (KHON2) - As three-time world champion Carissa Moore prepares for the World Surf League's South Africa stop next month, younger sister Cayla is basking in the glory of becoming a three-time national champion herself.
Cayla, a Kamehameha graduate and two-time National Scholastic Surfing Association champion at the high-school level, captured the 2018 NSSA collegiate crown last weekend in Salt Creek in Dana Point, Calif.
"Hard work does pay off. I have worked really hard with my coaches training over the summer and during the entire school year for this competition, so I was really happy to see it all come to the finish and achieve my goal," said Moore.
Her victory helped lead Pepperdine to a ninth-place finish as a team.
"I take a lot of pride in representing my university, Pepperdine, and the state of Hawaii. Growing up at home on Oahu taught me a lot about my culture and the sport of surfing and how important it is to represent it in the right way. To me, I'm very humbled to represent my home and my school," said Moore.
Another passion of the 21-year-old is art. On Friday, her older sister's signature towel was released by Leus. The towel was designed by Cayla.
It's safe to say that the summertime vibes are positive for the champ. Cayla will spend her summer at the WSL headquarters in Santa Monica.
"This summer I am interning with the WSL for their partnership marketing with Airbnb. I am really excited because currently I am studying business at Pepperdine University and I'm very interested in all aspects of business, and to be chosen to do something that is a big part of my life, surfing, it makes me very happy," Cayla said.
As for older sister Carissa, who is currently ranked sixth in the world rankings, the WSL's Corona Open J Bay in South Africa begins on July 9.
To follow Cayla's surf journey follow her instagram page.
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