RISS – Feature film of surf champ Carissa Moore

Four-time World surfing champion and all-round amazing human Carissa Moore released her long-awaited feature film RISS. Directed by Peter Hamblin and produced by Red Bull Media House.


RISS. A Film about More Love with Carissa Kainani Moore will premiere on Refinery29’s Facebook Watch page on May 8, followed by a Q&A with Carissa, and then be available from May 11 on Red Bull TV.




Riss is a film about the life of Carissa Moore who just this year prior, won her fourth World Title. The movie follows her journey in 2019 and captures the year leading up to the moment when at the last surfing event in Hawaii, down to the wire, she beat fellow competitor Caroline Marks and raised her hands in victory.


Following her fourth World Title, Carissa Moore, or RISS as she is more affectionately known by her friends, has decided to take a well-earned year off the world tour. A good call considering the tour has been canceled to date and surfing banned in many spots across the globe.


RISS Carissa Moore
Photo Peter Hamblin


RISS is a 40-minute long intimate look into the surfing phenom who has been a competitive force from a very early age.  She was the youngest ever athlete to win a world title at 18 years of age. If you have seen Bethany Hamilton’s movie UNSTOPPABLE, you will know what an impact she had on Bethany, pushing her to become a better athlete. To be on tour all of those years and to be striving for perfection at all times, wears hard on a person and RISS takes an intimate look at the highs and lows of the life of a female surfer at the top of her game.

This interview with Red Bull (who funded the movie), offers some insight into what Riss was going through at the time:

 “It’s taken me a while to realise that I’m not my results. I’ve been doing this my whole life, I’ve always been chasing results and other people’s validation. And this year, I think it was finally like, ‘No, none of that matters. I’m a daughter, I’m a sister. I’m a friend, I’m a wife.”


Follow Carissa Moore on Instagram.

Cover photo by Ben Thouard, courtesy of Red Bull Content Pool. 


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