We are stoked to announce the winner of the Carissa Moore Scholarship. Congratulations to Natasha Gouldsbury on being selected to travel to Hawaii and train with Carissa Moore! Natasha, the way that you interpreted the brief and put your all into it gave us full confidence that you will make the most out of your time in Hawaii. Your surfing was a standout and we can't wait to see you rip over there in the Hawaiian surf!
“Her attitude of sharing the stoke, also gave me the feeling that her time there will be shared by her to benefit many other young wahine too (and maybe even us old wahine!). All the best Natasha, keep charging, smiling, and being so gloriously you!" - Kelly Murphy
“The candidates for me brought life to this document and all of us. Mostly, how proud we all felt about their individual unique contributions, feelings of excitement, youth, mentorship, challenge, aroha, innocence, awhi, conviction and manaaki. Like Matariki, but 6 sister stars or Pou hine, they each represent.” - Arna Rose
“They are inspiring to say the least. Each of them would have represented Aotearoa in an authentic, beautiful and unique way and that is a blessing for all of us. An opportunity like this is only something I would have dreamed about when I was a grom and I know that Natasha will absolutely smash it and I am so stoked for her.” - Wini Paul
We would just like to give a massive thank you to the Carissa Moore Foundation and all the hard-working judges and AWSA members that made this happen. We were blown away with the courage, intelligence, confidence and pure stoke of all of the applicants, so also a big thank you to all the girls for putting so much work into your applications, and your whanau for supporting you to this point!