How will the USA win gold in the 2020 Olympics?Surfline, January 28, 2018 Having already recently tapped former Championship Tour veteran-turned-shaper/coach Chris Gallagher Stone of Santa Cruz, CA, as the 2020 Olympic Team coach, the ISA and IOC-recognized NGB, USA Surfing, was equally critical in selecting the coach for their Junior National Team, who have been on a medal-winning streak this past year. After assessing all available data and considering every intangible, the USA Surfing braintrust unanimously settled on one man: Brett Simpson.
The coach Of Jordy Smith And CJ Hobgood named head US Olympic coach, Stab magazine, January 24, 2019 For Chris Gallagher Stone, 2019 was supposed to be a year to spend at home in Hawaii watching his family grow, shaping surfboards. After joining Jordy Smith on tour last year, he felt the need to put some roots down this lap around the sun. By the first week of January, Gally’s plans had taken an abrupt change. Originally Gally was a minor player as the Olympic performance coach but when head coach, Joey Buran stepped down, he was quietly named the head coach of America’s first Olympic surf team. Originally hailing from Santa Cruz, he served his time on the Championship Tour, knows his way around a shaping bay, and has coached everyone from Jordy to CJ Hobgood.
USA Surfing banks on coaching change to ignite gold medal prospects, The Inertia, January 15, 2019 Every day we march closer to what will undoubtedly be a historic paradigm shift in surf. Opinions run the gamut, but like it or not surfing will make its Olympic debut during the 2020 Tokyo Games. Chris Gallagher Stone has a history of coaching the world’s best surfers, most recently Jordy Smith. He joins USA Surfing as head coach. USA Prime Series Comes to Steamer Lane, Surfline, January 16, 2018 Taking the kid gloves off in NorCal - More than 100 of the best under 18 surfers from across the nation found plenty of challenge and opportunity in last weekend’s Toyota USA Surfing Prime Series at Santa Cruz’s infamous Steamer Lane. A powerful winter storm delivered five-to-10-foot waves that crashed and churned down the infamous point — getting in, out and around was a challenge in and of itself. “These are the kinds of experiences and conditions that prepare surfers for the WSL Qualifying Series and beyond,” said USA Surfing CEO Greg Cruse.
USA Surfing turns to Chris Gallagher Stone to lead medals charge in Tokyo 2020, Santa Cruz Sentinel, January 15, 2019 USA Surfing on Jan. 1 named Chris Gallagher Stone its head coach and the man in charge of ensuring U.S. surfers bring home some medals from Tsurigasaki Beach, the surf venue for the 2020 Games. In addition to his new duties, Gallagher Stone will continue to work as the organization’s elite technical coach.
U.S.’s top junior surfers find challenge in waves at the Lane, Santa Cruz Sentinel, January 10, 2019 Learning the ins and outs of new surf spots is exactly why Simmers, 13, and her USA Surfing Junior National Team teammates have descended upon Steamer Lane this weekend.USA Surfing CEO Greg Cruse and interim junior national team head coach Brett Simpson took the young surfers through a practice contest Thursday as sets of 8- to 10-foot waves barreled through the break. Several of the roughly 30 kids ages 18 and under will apply what they learned on Friday in the Shoe City Pro, an all-ages elite event that will also include the likes of John and Peter Mel of Santa Cruz and Simpson. Then, on Saturday and Sunday, all the kids will be in the lineup at the Lane for the fifth stop of the West Coast Prime Series contest.
Toyota adds six National Governing Body partnerships in run up to 2020 Olympic Games, Business Journal, January 7, 2019 The 2020 Olympic Games are still two years away, but Toyota is wasting no time, adding partnerships as they show support for Team USA. Toyota is sponsoring six new National Governing Bodies: National Wheelchair Basketball Association, USA Skateboarding, USA Surfing, USA Swimming, USA Track & Field, and USA Triathlon.
Santa Cruz surf icon-turned-coach to the stars,Santa Cruz Waves, December, 20, 2018 With surfing added to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan, it’s no surprise that Chris Gallagher-Stone has been called on to lead the very first U.S. Olympic surf team. Given the position of “elite performance and technical coach,” he’s looking forward to working with the country’s top surfers and is in the process of developing the ideal protocol and set up to train this new breed of oceanic Olympians. “I am super excited and honored to be a part of this and feel very fortunate and humbled to be chosen,” he says, later adding, “Looking forward I am going to keep focusing on my family, coaching and shaping. I want to stay home a bit more, so [I’ll] probably fade out of coaching full time on the tour and look to the Olympics and digging into some new ideas I have for my board business.”
U.S.A. claims first-ever, team gold at Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship, Surfline, Dec. 18, 2018 There are no barriers that can’t be broken in surfing. The continued development and strength of the adaptive surfing movement around the world is proof positive of this. For the third year in a row the ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship landed in La Jolla, California, and once again it was as much about inspiration as it was performance. From Denmark to Canada, Australia to America, the championship was comprised of seven different divisions and the seven winners of each division emerged from seven different countries. Grom of the Week: Taj Lindblad, Dana Point Times, Dec. 14, 2018 Making things happen on the front lines of the junior surf scene, Taj Lindblad has been doing some serious work over the last few weeks. Roaring into the holidays, Lindblad just won USA Surfing’s Got Milk? West Coast Prime Series contest. Held at Salt Creek last weekend, it was the fourth of nine stops in the event series.
Adaptive surfer Alana Nichols: the ocean was there when I needed it most, Magic Seaweed, Dec. 13, 2018 The momentum behind adaptive surfing is continuing a positive drive forward. Perhaps it's the well-documented healing nature of the sea that is drawing more people to its embrace? Perhaps it's the likes of hit docu Resurface, that tells the story of injured war vets getting in the ocean and letting its restorative powers wash over them, which recently hit the mainstream on Netflix that is exposing more people to the curative impacts of our big blue. Lakey Peterson, with Guinness World Record, Egg McMuffin links, leads U.S. surfing to Olympic debut, NBC Olympic Channel, Nov. 27, 2018 “Stephanie’s trying to be the greatest of all time,” said USA Surfing Olympic coach Joey Buran, who guided Peterson a decade ago in her early teens, around when Peterson had a poster of Gilmore on her bedroom wall. “Lakey’s trying to make her move now.”
Surfer Lakey Peterson rides high on pro tour with 2020 Olympics in sight,Team USA, Nov. 27, 2018 “It’s really exciting what surfing is today and being in the Olympics in Tokyo,” Peterson said ahead of the Maui Pro event. “It’s something I think the sport of surfing deserves, to be recognized as an Olympic sport. On the world tour, every person, men and women, take it really seriously. We all treat it as other pro athletes do. It’s definitely a goal of mine to make that team and qualify for it and give it everything I’ve got. “It’s super exciting and really inspiring for me to push myself and stretch myself in terms of being able to compete in Tokyo.”
Meet Sports Illustrated’s SportKid of the Year finalists, Sports Illustrated, Nov. 25, 2018 was named as a finalist for Sports Illustrated Kids’ “SportsKid of the Year.” She was chosen along with five other young athletes by the Sports Illustrated Kids staff for its 11-year-old awards program.
Oceanside's young surfing sensation Caitlin “Caity” Simmers, Coast News, Nov. 28, 2018 At 13 years old, Caity — the daughter of an electrician and a hospice nurse — is making quite a name for herself in the surfing world. In November, Caity was named as a finalist for Sports Illustrated Kids’ “SportsKid of the Year.” She was chosen along with five other young athletes by the Sports Illustrated Kids staff for its 11-year-old awards program.
Oceanside girl, 13, wins world under-16 surfing title, San Diego Union Tribune, Nov. 5, 2018 Team Japan may have bested Team USA for the gold medal at the ISA World Junior Surfing Championships over the weekend, but Oceanside phenom Caitlin Simmers walked away with the tourney’s biggest buzz. Simmers, 13, won the gold medal for the girls’ under-16 division, earning one of the highest scores at the entire Huntington Beach tournament. Team USA coach Joey Buran said Simmers’ surfing was both “amazing and historic.”
Team Japan winds gold at VISSLA ISA World Juniors, Surfline, Nov. 5, 2018 Going into the final day of the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, the U.S. held a slight edge over Japan and the rest of the field by a mere 245 points. It had been neck-and-neck in Huntington Beach, CA, all week long, and after claiming the Aloha Cup title on Saturday, the momentum was clearly on the side of the Americans, but Finals Day has a funny way of writing its own storylines.
Team USA earns silver at ISA Jr World Surfing Championships in HB, OC Register, Nov. 4, 2018 After a week of fierce competition in Huntington Beach, team Japan edged out surfers from the United States for gold at the 2018 ISA World Junior Championship. The United States earned several medals by the end of the event, including gold in the Aloha Cup team event.
US hosts regain overall team lead and win Aloha Cup at ISA World Junior Surfing Championships, Inside the Games, Nov. 3, 2018 Hosts and defending champions the United States regained the lead over upcoming Olympic hosts Japan on the eighth day of competition at the International Surfing Association (ISA) World Junior Championships at Huntington Beach in California. The US surfers also won the first medal event of the Championships in the Aloha Cup, the ISA's team relay competition.
United States and Japan vying for top spot at ISA World Junior Surfing Championships, Inside the Games, Nov. 1, 2018 Japan and hosts the United States are the only teams with all their surfers still left in the competition, after the sixth day of action here at the 2018 International Surfing Association (ISA) World Junior Championships in Huntington Beach today. Coming into today’s action both Hawaii and Australia also had all their surfers left, but they each lost three in the repechage round to leave Japan and the US in pole position for the team title. France currently sit in fifth place, having now lost a surfer in all four divisions.
ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in H.B.,Los Angeles Times, Nov. 1, 2018 Spend a little time walking along the pier or down Main Street in downtown Huntington Beach this week and you might have remind yourself you are indeed still in the good ’ol USA. Reason being, there is a heavy foreign influence and a variety of languages being spoken in the area, thanks to those who are here for the Vissla International Surfing Assn. World Junior Surfing Championship.
Can Team USA take gold again?Santa Cruz Sentinel/OC Register, October 30, 2018 More than 350 of the world’s best young surfers are currently competing in Huntington Beach for the ISA World Junior Surfing Championships, an event that will give a taste of what the Olympics could look like in the near future.
Girls impress on first full day of action at ISA Worlds, Inside the Games, October 28, 2018 Girls dominated the headlines during the first full day of action at the 2018 International Surfing Association (ISA) World Junior Championships in California. In the event's first year where there is a gender equal format, the girls broke participation records while demonstrating their world-class talent off Huntington Beach, a place officially dubbed "surf city".
Introducing Alyssa Spencer: defending U16s champ At VISSLA World Junior Surfing Championship, Magic Seaweed, October 29, 2018 Right now, the world's best junior surfers are competing as part of the 2018 Vissla ISA World Junior Surfing Championship – and 15-year-old under 16 junior champ Alyssa Spencer, is prepping to launch her campaign for her next title on her home turf. Oceanside girl, 12, riding big wave to world championship,San Diego Tribune, October 10, 2018 Just weeks after helping Team USA win a bronze medal at the World Surfing Games in Japan, 12-year-old Oceanside surfer Caitlin Simmers may soon add some gold to her trophy collection. On Wednesday, USA Surfing announced that she was one of 12 young American athletes chosen for Team USA, which will defend its 2017 gold medal at the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship on Oct. 28-Nov. 4 in Huntington Beach. Coach Joey Buran said Simmers, who goes by the nickname “Caity,” may be the youngest athlete to ever compete for Team USA at the World Junior championship. 12-year-old surf prodigy amazes elite, Olympic Channel, September 30, 2018 USA Surfing’s Caitlin Simmers has caused a stir by reaching the fourth round at the ISA World Surfing Games in Japan. Team USA’s Kevin Schulz talks to Surfline about his future and the Olympics, Surfline, September 27, 2018 One day, San Clemente goofyfoot Kevin Schulz might be able to look back on 2018 as the year he cruised history (the ISA Worlds), passed the class (the Pan Am’s) and graduated to… Who knows? The Olympics, maybe?
Top female surfer, 13, also elite soccer player, TC Palm, September 25, 2018 Being at the top of her game — both in surfing and soccer — is important to Zoe Benedetto. Competition is part of who she is. At just 13 years old, the Palm City athlete plays on the Jupiter United Soccer team in the U16 division. She also has a National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) U12 Explorer girls national title to her credit.
20 things we learned about Team USA last week, Team USA, September 24, 2018 The future is bright for USA Surfing. Caitlin Simmers is one of the top surfers in the world, and she is only 12 years old. She scored three perfect 10s for the first time in history at this year’s National Scholastic Surfing Association’s nationals, and there’s no sign that she’s slowing down.
World Surfing Games recap – Fitzgibbons, Japan win ISA gold, Surfline, September 23, 2018 For the Americans, team gold would have been amazing, but bringing a young team to the World Surfing Championship, they’re coming away with not only some hardware, but also a lot of extremely valuable takeaways. Summer Macedo, finished fourth in the final with a copper medal. A result, she’ll be surfing in the 2019 Pan American Games. The U.S.’s Kevin Schulz will also be joining her at the Pan American Games thanks to his fifth-place finish earlier in the week. One male and one female surfer from the Pan American Games will receive a spot in the 2020 Olympic Games, which will afford the American team that much more opportunity when it comes time to qualify for Tokyo.
“The men did their job early in the week and now the women ‘sealed the fruit’ with all three women finishing in the top 10 and Summer Macedo getting it done to make it to the finals,” said USA Surfing head coach Joey Buran. “I’m so proud of this Team — how they came together and what they were able to accomplish: Bronze Medals in Team and Copper Medals in the Aloha Cup.”
12-year-old Caitlin Simmers is the future – and the present – of surfing, Team USA, September 18, 2018 This week Simmers is representing the U.S. as the youngest member of the team competing at the ISA World Surfing Games in Tahara, Japan. At just 12 years old, the rising star has already made a name for herself as one of the most dynamic up-and-comers in the surfing world today.
Oceanside girl, 12, picked for World Surfing Games in Japan, San Diego Union Tribune, September 16, 2018 How a 12-year-old can be chosen for the team is a combination of talent, competition scheduling and Buran’s strategy of playing the long game. Caity is coming off a banner year. She’s ranked No. 1 in the girls Under-16 West Coast Prime, was named National Scholastic Surfing Association’s 2018 Rookie of the Year and scored three perfect 10s at the NSSA nationals, a first in contest history.
USA Surfing’s junior team heads to BSR Surf Resort near Waco to prepare for international competition, Austin American Statesman, August 30, 2018 What makes a better training ground for surfing’s Olympic debut — a wild and unpredictable ocean wave, or a manufactured, freshwater one generated at a pool in Central Texas? Officials with USA Surfing are betting on the latter, for at least part of the time. A few weeks ago, they sent their 2018 World Junior Surf Championship Training Team to BSR Surf Resort outside of Waco, where, more than 200 miles from the nearest ocean, 16 young Olympic hopefuls caught air and got barreled in human-engineered waves dyed a peculiar shade of blue.
Courtney Conlogue Named Team USA “Best of August” Award Finalist,Shop Eat Surf, September 1, 2018 The United States Olympic Committee named Vans US Open 2018 women's champion Courtney Conlogue a finalist for the Team USA Awards presented by Dow, Best of August, which recognizes the outstanding achievements of Team USA athletes.
The brief past, dazzling present and limitless future of Waco, Surfline, August 26, 2018 Two months into their infancy, the BSR Surf Resort was tapped by USA Surfing, who seized the opportunity to reserve the pool to train their teams for not only the 2018 World Junior Championships, but the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Best groms in America battle at first stop of USA Surfing Tour, Surfline, August 22, 2018 The future of American surfing was on display last weekend at DMJ’s at the first stop of the national USA Surfing Prime Tour. Surf was rippable, and the kids were, well, ripping. Watch the video to see how hard, and read the results to see who came out on top.
How the world’s best surfers will use forecasting to make the most of their Olympic debut, Team USA, August 21, 2018 Though surfing is new to the Olympics, this procedure for staging a surf event and selecting the best days from a window of possible dates — using the forecasting of Surfline — is standard operating procedure for events held by USA Surfing, the ISA and World Surf League, where the shortboard competitors who will take part in the Olympics ply their trade during the year.
Two Florida teens take national surfing scene by storm, USA Today, July 9, 2018 Pensacola Beach might not have the most impressive and consistent waves, but local teens Taylor Green and Abigail Remke have made no excuses in their rise to becoming elite surfers with national exposure.
Elite adaptive surfers offer an ocean of possibilities – featuring USA Surfing board member Christiaan “Otter” Bailey, San Diego Union Tribune, June 29, 2018 For most of his life, Bailey, 37, has been a professional skateboarder and surfer. While filming tricks for a skate video in 2006, he damaged his spine and was paralyzed from the waist down. It wasn’t long before he was competing again as a wheelchair skater and adaptive surfer. Now captain of USA Surfing, Bailey said he’s thrilled to see how adaptive sports, particularly surfing, are being taught and celebrated in countries around the world. At many events like this week’s camp, he volunteers as a mentor to young athletes.
Brevard surfers part of USA Surfing teams, Florida Today, June 29, 2018 With the inclusion of surfing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, the talent and enthusiasm for the sport has magnified — especially among younger competitors around the globe.
Courtney Conlogue on representing her country at the 2020 Olympics, The Surf Channel, June 28, 2018 The Olympics for me is just such an amazing experience where so many sports are just respected. I think it is just such a great thing for surfing. Whether you believe it is a lifestyle or a sport – I came into it as a lifestyle and I love it as a sport. It is such a beautiful sport to watch and I think it is important to share it on the Olympic stage.
Texas forever: America's Olympic home is officially Waco, Stab magazine, June 27, 2018 With all the Nationalist flag-waving going down at the Founder's Cup this year, and with Olympic officials previously paying respectful visits to Lemoore, today's announcement from USA Surfing must have knocked some steam out of the KS Wave Co. engine.
US OLYMPIC SURF TEAM TO USE WACO AS TRAINING FACILITY, Surfer, June 27, 2018 Yesterday USA Surfing-”the IOC-and-USOC-recognized national governing body for the sport of surfing in the USA,” according to their website-made the announcement that the BSR Surf Resort wave pool in Waco Texas will serve as the training grounds for the 2018 World Junior Championship Surf Team and those selected to shred for the U.S. of A in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
USA Surfing to hold Olympic training at Waco wave pool,The Inertia, June 27, 2018 With two years to go until surfing’s historic debut on the Olympic stage, national teams hoping to make their mark are gearing up. Australia recently held a training camp at Kelly Slater Wave Company’s facility in Lemoore. China has recruited Australian champion Peter Townend to coach Tokyo hopefuls. And, in a recent announcement, USA Surfing explained Texas’ newest wave pool at BSR Cable Park in Waco will be its official Olympic training site.
USA Surfing will train for Tokyo 2020 at the BSR Surf Resort,Surfer Today, June 27, 2018 The BSR Surf Resort will be the official wave pool for training the US Olympic surf team. The decision was announced by USA Surfing, the national governing body for the sport of surfing in the United States of America.
Final’s Day, USA Surfing Champs- Olympic hopefuls do battle at Lower Trestles,Surfline, June 20, 2018 The best kids in the country are in the water at one of the most rippable waves in the country. Which means yes, there’ll be fireworks. Because after this event, USA Surfing — the IOC-recognized National Governing Body for the sport of surfing in the USA — will name its 2019 World Junior Team, and that’s where the future lies.
Olympians share knowledge with Southern California surfing hopefuls for 2020 Summer Games,Orange County Register, June 20, 2018Kyle Mack knows the pressure, the nervousness and the instant celebrity status that comes with being an Olympian. The Colorado snowboarder was propelled to mainstream stardom after he nabbed a silver medal for big air at the winter Olympic games earlier this year. While standing on the rocks at Lower Trestles getting ready to hit the waves on Wednesday, Mack offered some advice for surfers aiming to compete in the Olympics for the first time in two years. Making American Surfing Great- How U.S.A. Surfing plans to win Olympic gold in 2020 (and 2024 and beyond), Surfline, June 20, 2018 “I don’t know if there are that many people in the U.S. that really comprehend what a big deal for surfing this is going to be,” explains Greg Cruse, CEO of U.S.A. Surfing, the IOC-recognized National Governing Body for the sport of surfing in the USA.
NSSA Nationals and USA Surfing Championships held on local beaches this week,Dana Point Times, June 15, 2018 For America’s top amateur surfers, the next week in South Orange County could mean the world. With the National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) and USA Surfing both holding their annual championships in the area, there’s plenty of reasons to fire it up for our local rising stars.
Build Elite Athletes and Go for Gold!Medium, May 16, 2018 What can volleyball, snowboarding, rock climbing, fencing and surf coaches learn from each other? Plenty. That’s the vision behind the United States Olympic Committee’s (USOC) National Team Coach Leadership Education Program, a brain trust of the top minds in Olympic coaching.
Buran named US Olympic surf coach, Boardistan, May 3, 2018 When the USA sends surfing athletes to the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020 they will be there under the coaching leadership of 1984 Pipeline Master and founder of the Professional Surfing Association of America Pastor Joey Buran.
USA Surfing is the United States Olympic Committee and ISA-recognized National Governing Body for Surfing in the United States. The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World Governing Authority for Surfing, Stand Up Paddling, Prone Paddling, Bodyboarding, and Surfriding.