Surf Interview With Cayla Moore
Today we will be doing a surf interview with Cayla Moore. Cayla Moore from Honolulu Hawaii is killing it at getting her name out in surfing. As Carissa Moore’s younger sister, she is showing the world her own achievements and success! Now 3X NSSA national champion, 2 at the high school level and a recent one last summer in the college level. Surfing for Pepperdine University and doing an internship with the World Surf League as a senior in college, Cayla is presenting herself in a big way in the surf industry. We are here today to talk about Cayla and her strength and conditioning programs that she does for surfing and competitions.
DOB: April 18, 1997
Main Surf Results: 2x NSSA National Championship Women’s Varsity High School Division
1X NSSA National Championship College Women’s Division
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii
Current Residence: Malibu, California
Surf Stance: Goofy
Sponsors: Hurley, Tonic Haircare, and Jason Kashiwai Surfboards
Main Shaper: Jason Kashiwai
Favorite Waves: Left/Right handed Reef breaks
Favorite Surfer: Carissa Moore
What is it like to grow up in Hawaii?
Growing up in Hawaii has allowed me to appreciate the land, ocean, and people on a deeper level. Being that I am Hawaiian, it has allowed me to explore my culture and embrace the traditions of those that came before me. Hawaii was an amazing place to grow up as a young girl because I got to go to the beach everyday with my family and from there I learned to surf.
Now that you are 3x national champion, are you looking to compete in the Qualifying series and eventually the Championship tour?
My next surfing goal is to work hard again this collegiate season to achieve my goal of another national title. Currently I am a senior at Pepperdine University studying Business Administration and my main goal at the moment is to graduate in spring. I love to surf and it’s amazing that I get to continue my passion while studying here at Pepperdine.
How come you decided to go to college in California instead of staying in Hawaii?
I decided to go to college in California instead of staying in Hawaii because I wanted the opportunity to grow away from my comfort zone. Knowing that college is a time for growth and becoming your own person and in order to do those things it is important to step outside of your comfort zone and embrace living in a new place. When I first moved away from college and life was completely different than my small island home,I learned and grew tremendously . It was not easy but I am stronger for it and I think that I needed that in order to be who I am today.
What is it like to be in a college surf team?
I have always enjoyed team sports, playing throughout high school and now college. I love being apart of a college surf team because it allows me to hang out and meet people who love the ocean just as much as I do. My teammates are very supportive and its nice because we all travel around doing competitions together. My coaches have been instrumental in training me. We practice as a team 4 times a week and during our training we do video analysis for improvements. Overall, being on the Pepperdine Surf Team has given me such amazing opportunities to compete, train, and meet amazing people.
I see that you are an artist as well. You just designed the Leus towel with your sister. Is this something you would like to pursue eventually?
Absolutely! I love to do graphic art and I am inspired by native flora in Hawaii. Currently I am working on a scarf business A Mau Loa which just came out. I like that I can combine both of my passions, art and business, into a creative and fun project during my last year in school. It’s great because I am able to apply what I am learning in school to my small business.
What are you majoring in at Pepperdine University? What is your dream job?
I am majoring in Business Administration at Pepperdine University. My dream job would be to be the head of events at the World Surf League or to own my own successful business.
After the internship at the World Surf League, do you think it is a possibility that you will end up working there full time after college maybe?
I am still interning at the World Surf League during my senior year here at Pepperdine. I work two days out of the week while still being a student taking a full course load of 18 units. It is difficult at times but for the most part I am able to balance it and still have time for surfing and fun! I work in their partnerships division specifically with the Airbnb partnership. This internship has been an amazing opportunity for me to grow my professional experience in an organization that I feel fits my values and culture. I have also got to meet and be mentored by the kind, knowledgeable, and experienced individuals who work there! I would love working at the World Surf League after I graduate from college if they have an opening, I am also looking into getting my MBA!
What are some strength exercises that you do for a surf competition?
Strength exercises that I do for surf competitions would be that I use the weighted ball while standing on a bosu to work on my balance and tactical strength. I also like to do some lunges with different arm movements that help with core strength.
What are some conditioning activities that you do?
I run as conditioning because it is cardio and it helps me keep my heart rate up. I have noticed that in heats I get out of breath and my heart rate goes up high because I am in a high intensity situation. Lately, I have been working on getting my heart rate high and then working on my breathing to help me recover at a faster rate for competitions.
Do you have a specific diet that you follow for surfing. Do you think it helps you feel better? What is an example of breakfast, lunch and dinner for you?
I wish I was vegan! I am actually a pescatarian because I absolutely LOVE to eat fish (being that I am from Hawaii and we have the best poke bowls there)
A typical days breakfast for me is a smoothie bowl! They are so great. I put in frozen bananas, frozen blueberries, and coconut milk for my bowl to make it nice and thick. Then I top it with chia seed pudding, granola, peanut butter, fresh fruits, and honey!
For Lunch: I usually have avocado toast! It is so yummy and easy when I am on the go for class.
For dinner, I like to make myself a vegetable pasta with zucchini, mushrooms, and spinach. I also really enjoy cooking curry because if I make a big batch I can meal prep it for the rest of the week.
What would you recommend a beginner to start doing out of the water, to get better in the water?
I would recommend just working on arm strength. I’ve noticed that many beginners are very sore and tired after paddling. Swimming also helps with that!
Where are you traveling this year for surfing? Is it for contests or just fun?
I would love to do a surf trip with my family in 2019. We usually try to go on a trip together once a year and it usually involves surfing! I am not too sure yet where I am traveling too but mostly competing around California for my collegiate competitions.
Well there you have it guys! Cayla Moore is definitely an up and coming surfer and entrepreneur to watch out for! She is very ambitious and ready to show the world who she is. With her scarf business and designing a towel for Leus, as well as being multiple times National champion. She has some great knowledge to learn from and you got a taste of it in this surf interview. Now you know what a 3x national champion does to get better at surfing in and out of the water. Between workouts, diets, and surf coaching sessions; it is important to balance them all for a better result in the water.