With her appearance on the cover of Surfer Magazine, the 16-year-old high school junior is the first female since Lisa Andersen in 1995 to be featured, and only the third girl in the magazine’s 50-year history.
For the moment the teen phenom has lightened her pro surfing load and is just focusing on getting through school (she’s attending Punahou on Oahu, the same school that produced both Michelle Wie and President Obama). That said, the minute she has diploma in hand you know she’s going to be taking the world by storm.
ESPN Action Sports caught up with Carissa to see just how she’s handling it all. Find out what she thinks about high school gossip, not wanting a driver’s license, how she was punked and whether she has a date for the Junior Dance.