Carissa, Courtney and Lakey take to the skies above Waco, Texas, World Surf League, September 26, 2020 What happens when three of the most progressive women in surfing land deep in the heart of Texas for a training session with the U.S. Olympic surf program? They take to the air, of course. A handful of America's best surfers recently spend some days training at the BSR Surf Resort in Waco, Texas, including Carissa Moore, Lakey Peterson, Courtney Conlogue, Kevin Schulz and Christiaan Otter Bailey.
USA Surfing goes to BSR for Olympic training camp, Surfline, September 25, 2020 With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and surfing’s inaugural debut in the Games, pushed until next year due to the coronavirus pandemic, that left more time for the athletes to prepare. And so, with global travel pretty much halted, too, the USA Surfing team opted for a training session stateside at the mechanical ramps of Waco, Texas’ BSR Cable Park. USA Surfing take to boot camp in Texas in preparation for Tokyo 2020, Inside the Games, September 24, 2020 The United States surfing team have taken to Waco in Texas to practice for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, using mechanical ramps at the city's BSR Cable Park. Carissa Moore, who looks set to become an Olympic athlete in the sport, headlined the group who participated in the training sessions and was joined by USA Surfing team members Courtney Conlogue, Lakey Peterson, Kevin Schulz and Christiaan "Otter" Bailey. Pro surfer Courtney Conlogue aims to inspire with 32-mile paddle after brain injury, OC Register, August 21, 2020 Courtney Conlogue and her brother Ryan Conlogue are preparing to do a 32 mile paddle from Catalina Island to Huntington Beach on Aug. 29 to raise funds for Feeding America and A Better Chance.
Surfing in the U.S.A., NBC Champion Within, August 17, 2020 NBC Sports talks to some of America's top surfers - Caroline Marks, Courtney Conlogue, Kolohe Andino and Griffin Colapinto - about surfing's upcoming Olympic debut.
Strength secrets from the newest Olympic sports, Wall Street Journal, July 27, 2020 Four-time world champion Carissa Moore shares her workout routine and how training for surfing is different than most sports. "There are very few sports where Mother Nature dictates timing. Every wave has its own timing and rhythm," said USA Surfing medical director Kevyn Dean.
Brett Simpson named Team USA Olympic surf coach, LA Times, July 11, 2020 Two-time U.S. Open winner Brett Simpson was unanimously voted by the team's athletes to be surfing's first Olympic coach. “I have great relationships with the athletes,” Simpson said. “I’m on the younger side of the coaching spectrum but I think it’s become relevant in a lot of sports. There’s similar views you share and when you’re working with top level athletes like this, it isn’t telling them how to surf. It’s more guidance on conditions, focusing on equipment and the day-to-day preparation, putting them in the best situation to perform at their highest level.”
Battle for the waves, Marie Claire, July 1, 2020 The United States has the three top-ranked women in the world – Carissa Moore, Caroline Marks, and Lakey Peterson. Only two could make Team USA’s first Olympic surf team. Marie Claire magazine and Newsy teamed up to tell the story in a 6-page magazine feature and accompanying film.
Breaking Waves, Newsy, July 1, 2020 Americans held the three top spots in the women's World Surf League standings. But only two of them could qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, where the sport is making its Olympic debut. A feature film airing on cable and streaming apps followed Carissa Moore, Caroline Marks, and Lakey Peterson as they battled for a spot on Team USA's Olympic team.
The science behind surfing, CBS-LA, May 27, 2020 Surfing's inclusion in the 2020ne Olympic Games is pushing the science and movement analyses that are advancing surfing performances. CBS-LA followed aerial phenom Kevin Schulz, who shared what he’s learning about biomechanics and training and how that translates in the water.
Surfing's big break, Popular Science, May 28, 2020 As surfing takes its place in the Olympic line up, Popular Science magazine examines the sport's progression from lifestyle to high-performance sport. This includes USA Surfing’s high-performance plan supported by the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee. USA Surfing’s medical director Kevyn Dean shares the organization’s work to get top surfers to do what a lot of major sports are already doing in measuring progress and studying biomechanics. This allows competitors to control the variables they can and leave the unknowns on the beach. The effort covers strength and conditioning, movement analysis, nutrition, equipment, mental health and more.
Interview: USA Surfing CEO Greg Cruse On Surf Pools And The Olympics, Surfpark Central, April 29, 2020 For over a decade Greg Cruse has been an integral part of nurturing and growing the sport of surfing in America. A few years back Cruse helped reorganize Surfing America into USA Surfing, creating a clear and defined governing body for surfing in the states. Now serving as CEO, Cruse is leading the USA Team — Kolohe Andino, John Florence, Carissa Moore and Caroline Marks — into Japan for the 2021 Olympic Games. It’ll be surfing’s first inclusion on the world’s biggest stage.
A look at the 5 new sports in the Olympics, Conde Naste Traveler, April 1, 2020 From surfing to climbing, here's a look at each of the sports being added this year—and where to catch them outside of the Summer Games. USA Surfing CEO Greg Cruse breaks down who to watch and what it means.
USA Surfing responds to coronavirus postponements, OC Register, March 24, 2020 It was supposed to be surfing’s big debut, the chance for the world to see what riding waves is all about. But with news that the 2020 Olympic Games are likely to be postponed, the sport will probably have to wait another year before taking to the Olympic stage. Greg Cruse, CEO of USA Surfing based in San Clemente, responded to the news released Monday that coronavirus concerns are affecting planning for the summer games.
Surfing rides into new venues as it prepares for first Olympics, Sports Travel, March 23, 2020 Surfing is set to make its Olympics debut in Tokyo, joining baseball/softball, karate, climbing and skateboarding as the new sports in Tokyo. Meanwhile, applied wave science like American Wave Machine’s PerfectSwell and a new system designed by legend Kelly Slater are bringing the sport to landlocked locations like Waco, Texas, and Central California. And, in line with surfing’s sea-and-sand image, the sport is stoked on promoting sustainability at its events.
Surfing in a strong position to weather coronavirus delays, LA Times, March 23, 2020 “Surfing is in a stronger position than other sports in two major ways,” USA Surfing CEO Greg Cruse said. “One, we have qualified our entire team already through the World Surf League Championship Tour 2019 final rankings. And two, our athletes are still able to surf and train in their local breaks. Surfing offers great practice for staying present and focused on the variables we can control. These are necessary skills in this whole new world.”
Summer Olympics are officially postponed, Surfline, March 18, 2020 USA Surfing CEO, Greg Cruse, issued this statement: “The health and safety of our athletes and staff is our first priority. I continue to be in touch with our team and have been on calls with USOPC every day. I am proud of our athletes continued focus on their sport and great attitudes in the face of adversity. They are absolutely ripping and ready to get back in jerseys."
USA Olympic surf team honored at Lakers home game, Surfline, February 28, 2020 Olympic athletes, Kolohe Andino and Caroline Marks are in peak physical form, but in the months leading up to the Tokyo 2020 Games, the Team USA surfers are flexing muscle groups not typically required from their day jobs. These are the “meet-n-greet” muscles: strong jaws for smiling in photos and sturdy hands for signing autographs. And on Tuesday evening, those muscles were put to the test, as Andino and Marks met with hundreds of fans (and lovers of free swag) at Staples Center during a Lakers home game.
California surfers begin prepping for surfing's Olympic debut, OC Register, February 21, 2020 The next few months will be a whirlwind for surfers preparing to ride a wave into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. National television interviews viewed by millions, a halftime appearance at a Lakers game, training among other Olympic athletes far from the ocean — surfers are exploring uncharted territory, as the sport makes its Olympics debut this summer.
Catching up with Team USA's Christiaan Bailey - para surfing's great hope, Men's Journal, February 4, 2019 Bailey became the first paralyzed surfer to ride two of world’s most infamous waves: Mavericks and Pipeline. Bailey is also making a name for himself in international competition. With four individual silver medals at the International Surfing AssociationOpens in a new Window. (ISA) World Adaptive Surfing Championships, he also claimed a bronze, silver and a gold that he is currently defending for the Team division along with his USA teammates. Winning the team gold came as a surprise and honor for Bailey, who serves as its captain and sits on its board of directors.
Next up for Bailey and Team USA: the March 11-15 ISA World Para Surfing Championships in La Jolla, Calif.—retitled from prior year’s as an ‘adaptive surfing’ championship.
Team USA's first Olympic surf team is complete, USA Today, December 19, 2019 John John Florence became the fourth surfer to qualify for Team USA's first Olympic team, joining Kolohe Andino, Carissa Moore and Caroline Marks. “This is an absolute dream team,” USA Surfing CEO Greg Cruse said. “Team USA not only has the best surfers in the world, they are spectacular representatives of our sport and country. Their professionalism, passion and dedication to excellence is unmatched.”
Steamer Lane hosts Toyota USA Prime Series, Surfline, January 21, 2020 The best junior surfers on the West Coast threw down recently at Steamer Lane – a break known for challenging conditions, chilly water and sublime view from the cliffs. The contest was the third stop of the West Coast Toyota USA Surfing Prime Series season presented by Got Milk? and saw classic California conditions at the Lane.
Olympians who surf on surfing in the Olympics, Surfline, January 17, 2020 Two Americans who competed in the 2016 Olympics— US Sailing team member Charlie Buckingham and US Women’s Water Polo team member and Olympic Gold Medalist Kaleigh Gilchrist — also happen to be talented surfers in their own right. Gilchrist and Buckingham are both currently training for their own Olympic campaigns in Tokyo, but took the time to offer their perspective on surfing’s hottest topic.
Hawaii’s own John John Florence qualifies for Tokyo Olympic Games, Hawaii News, December 20, 2019 John John Florence and Kelly Slater have become two of the biggest rivals in the surfing world, so it was only fitting that the sports final berth into the Olympic games would come down to two of surfing’s biggest stars. It would be North Shore’s John John Florence doing just enough to become the second Hawaii surfer to qualify for the inaugural USA surf team, as the sport makes its Olympic debut at the Tokyo games in 2020. Florence beats Slater for spot on USOlympic team, USA Today, December 17, 2019 John John Florence of Oahu's North Shore returned from knee surgery to take the final spot on the inaugural U.S. Olympic surfing team after 11-time world champion Kelly Slater lost in the semifinals of the World Surf League Pipe Masters at Banzai Pipeline on Thursday. Surfer Caroline Marks is headed to the 2020 Olympics, OC Register, Dec. 3, 2019 Greg Cruse, CEO of USA Surfing, predicted three years ago that Marks would be a contender for the Olympics. “She just surfed well beyond her years, she was fiercely competitive. As nice and good-natured as she seemed on land, she’s just a gnarly competitor,” Cruse said. “The more pressure that’s on her, the better she performed,” he said. “I just saw good things in her. Sarah Marks remembers discussing with Caroline, when she was 15, whether her daughter should continue competing at the amateur level to gain more experience before going to the big leagues. But “she was ready,” her mom said.
Carissa Moore, Caroline Marks qualify for U.S. Olympic surfing team, NBC Sports, Dec. 1, 2019 Carissa Moore and Caroline Marks, the world’s top two female surfers, will make up the first U.S. Olympic women’s surfing team. Lakey Peterson, who entered this week’s season finale ranked No. 2, will not be competing in Tokyo. Moore and Marks prevailed in one of the most competitive Olympic qualifying races across all sports and all nations. The U.S. has the top three female surfers in the World Surf League rankings, but a maximum of two surfers per gender per nation can compete at the Tokyo Games.
It's Official: The Top 2 Female Surfers in the World Will Rep Team USA at the Olympics, Pop Sugar, Dec. 1, 2019 or women's surfing, a fierce, three-way battle to make the US Olympic Team — and decide the 2019 world title — ended on Monday at the Lululemon Maui Pro. It was 10-year veteran Carissa Moore who took home her fourth world title and clinched the top spot on Team USA. Caroline Marks, 17 and in just her second year on the top-tier Championship Tour, finished second overall to punch her own ticket to Tokyo.
Team USA wins VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championships, Surfline, Nov. 4, 2019, In a dominant team effort, Team USA recaptured the Gold at the 2019 Vissla ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in Huntington Beach, CA. The last time the Americans won the Gold was back in 2017; this time, the victory was anchored by a huge breakout performance from Dimitri Poulos. Part of a talent-rich squad, the Ventura up-and-comer only got the call-up to join the team two days before the contest started, but stepped up huge to win the Gold in the Boys Under 18.
Two Treasure Coast surfers help Team USA strike gold, Treasure Coast Palm, Nov. 3, 2019 Rookie nerves? Not with these surfers. Palm City's Zoe Benedetto, Vero Beach's Tommy Coleman and Flagler Beach's Ryan Huckabee all earned medals in their first International Surfing Association event, helping Team USA win the overall gold last weekend at the World Junior Surfing Championship in Huntington Beach, Calif.
USA junior surf team tops 43 nations to earn gold at world junior championships, OC Register, Nov. 3, 2019 It was a winning combination of staying relaxed but focused, training hard and learning how to work together as a team. Put all that together and you have gold. The USA national junior surf team earned first-place gold at the Vissla ISA World Junior Championships, which wrapped up Sunday, Nov. 3, on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier. “It was a really fun week, we had some great chemistry,” said coach Brett Simpson, who previously won two US Open of Surfing championship titles at the same surf break.
Ventura surfer wins gold at ISA World Juniors, KEYT, Nov. 4, 2019 Ventura surfer Dimitri Poulos captured gold in the boys 18-u division which helped Team USA reclaim the overall gold medal at the 2019 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in Huntington Beach.
Surfers Lakey Peterson And Carissa Moore Finish First And Third At Freshwater Pro, Team USA, September 21, 2019 Carissa Moore and Lakey Peterson are 1-2, respectively, atop the women’s World Championship Tour rankings now with seven events completed and three to go. Moore leads with 47,260 points followed by Peterson with 43,850. Peterson, of Santa Barbara, California, also has one second- and one third-place finish this season. After winning her first event as a rookie in 2012, she was winless for the next five seasons but last year turned in a pair of wins and finished the season ranked No. 2 in the world.
Moore has earned five top-three finishes this season and has 21 event wins on the World Championship Tour. She won world titles in 2011, 2013 and 2015. Moore and Peterson are currently in line to qualify for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 with three events remaining on the schedule. The top eight women in the rankings at season’s end will make it, but with a maximum of two per country.
Andino, Moore, Slater Headline Impressive U.S. World Surfing Games Team, Team USA, August 12, 2019 With surfing’s debut at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 drawing ever closer, it’s no wonder Team USA’s best athletes will be in the water for next month’s ISA World Surfing Games in Miyazaki, Japan. It will in fact be the strongest-ever team that USA Surfing has entered in the World Surfing Games, featuring not only both world No. 1s in Kolohe Andino and Carissa Moore, but also surfing legend Kelly Slater. The rest of the team members are all having outstanding World Surf League seasons in their own right, with Courtney Conlogue ranked sixth and Caroline Marks in fifth for the women, while Conner Coffin ranks 12th on the men’s tour with Slater in eighth. The roster is a veritable dream team for the U.S., as historically the World Surfing Games teams have been populated with promising junior surfers. At last year’s event, most of Team USA was teenagers. But with the Olympic Games nearing, this is a prime opportunity for Team USA’s best to prepare.
Kelly Slater will surf ISA World Surfing Games, Surfline, August 12, 2019 Today USA Surfing announced Team USA for the 2019 Worlds, and confirmed that Kelly would be going, along with Kolohe Andino, Conner Coffin, Carissa Moore, Courtney Conlogue and Caroline Marks. “To support a team with two world No. 1’s, an 11-time world champion and surfers with incredible abilities and commitment to their sport is such an honor and privilege,” said USA Surfing head coach Chris Stone. “Coming together as Team USA and experiencing a team culture will be powerful and new to surfing. We are on a history-making journey.”
Southern California ocean athletes earn medals at Pan American Games in Peru,OC Register, August 7, 2019 Candice Appleby is back home recharging after earning a silver medal at the Pan American Games in Peru. She said the event is a glimpse at what SUP racing and surfing would look like if it becomes part of the Paris Olympics in 2024. She was joined by a handful of other ocean athletes from Southern California who brought home SUP and surf medals for team USA, with Costa Mesa’s Daniel Hughes earning a bronze in SUP surfing and Santa Barbara’s Cole Robbins taking a bronze in men’s longboarding. Connor Baxter, of Hawaii, took gold in the men’s SUP distance race.
Schulz: love wave pools but Olympic surfing should be at sea, Associated Press, July 29, 2019 American surfer Kevin Schulz loves wave pools but he's on firm ground when it comes to his opinion on surfing at the Olympics: it should always be in the ocean. "Surfing began in the ocean and it should be represented in its purest form in the Olympics," said Schulz, who along with Canada's Cody Young made history Monday as the first competitors in the ocean during the sport's debut in the Pan American Games in Lima.
US, Canada make history at surfing Pan Am Games debut, Associated Press, July 30, 2019 Surfers Kevin Schulz of the United States and Cody Young of Canada made history on Monday as the first competitors in the ocean during the sport’s debut in the Pan American Games. Young earned 10.43 points to Schulz’s 7.50 at Punta Rocas beach, a reef break located about 38 miles (60 kilometers) south of the Peruvian capital of Lima. Surfing will also make its Olympic debut next year in Tokyo, and is one of the “wait and see” sports at the Pan Am Games. That means top man and woman surfers not yet qualified for the Olympics will earn a spot, although the top finishers from the Pan Ams won’t be confirmed until May 2020.
Get To Know The “Rascal”: Kolohe Andino Hoping To Be World’s Top Surfer At Sport’s Olympic Debut, Team USA, July 31, 2019 Meet the world’s top-ranked men’s surfer. Kolohe Andino knows exactly what’s riding on the introduction of surfing to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. And it is, to use one of his favorite words, rad. “I was just really excited that surfing was getting legitimized,” said Andino, who ascended to No. 1 in the World Surf League Men’s Championship Tour rankings earlier this month. “We’re some of the most unique and raddest athletes in the world and I always thought it was a legit sport, especially when you’re dealing with your bigger surf and aerials."
Santa Barbara surfer hopes to make Olympic history, NBC4, July 23, 2019 California is making a big splash as it prepares three Olympic hopefuls who are vying to compete in the first-ever surfing competition at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Team USA will be sending two men and two women to represent the country. Among the potential candidates is Santa Barbara native surfer Conner Coffin, 26, who is currently ranked 11th in the world.
Welcome to the Epicenter of American Surfing, Dana Point Times, June 28, 2019 “San Clemente’s the hotbed, no question,” said USA Surfing Coach Brett Simpson immediately after he was appointed to the position. The results of last week’s USA Surfing Championships at Lower Trestles have proven him correct. Nowhere in the country is there a deeper pool of rising talent than in San Clemente. And all of these up-and-coming surfers have one thing in common: Olympic aspirations. With surfing becoming an Olympic sport for the first time in the 2020 Summer Games in Japan, the sport is on the cusp of a new era, and San Clemente’s young surfers are at the epicenter of it all.
7 Surfing Storylines To Watch As Women's Championship Tour Nears Halfway Mark, TeamUSA.org, June 25, 2019 With five events down and five events to go on the 2019 Women’s Championship Tour of the World Surf League, no individual has been able to run away from the field. But two countries have. Surfers from Australia and the United States occupy all top six positions in the tour standings at the season’s halfway point. All five winners this season are in that group. But who will emerge on top at the end? And which ones will find themselves in position for Olympic qualification for the sport’s debut at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020? Those storylines and more will provide plenty of interest as the 2019 WCT rolls on.
Toyota USA Surfing Champs Crowns Winners at Lowers, Surfline, June 22, 2019 USA Surfing crowned its 2019 junior champions on Saturday, following five days of impressive surfing with fiery performances at rippable Lowers. The final heat of the event — the boys U18 — was especially insane. USA Surfing CEO Greg Cruse said it was the most exciting final in the history of the event. Conditions set up perfectly for taking to the air. Crosby Colapinto scored a perfect 10 with a lip-destroying series of maneuvers — backing it up with a 9.93 tail-high air reverse. It was his fourth Championship title in his career.
Hawaii teens top USA Surfing Championships, Hawaii News Now, June 18, 2019 The 2019 USA Surfing Championships wrapped up on Saturday and the birthplace of surfing is now home to a few national champions. Journey Regelbrugge, 14, claimed the top place in the 14 & Under Girls Longboard National Title Race, while fellow Hawaii residents John Michael Vanhohenstein and Mahina Akaka claimed the 18-and-over titles in the boys and girls longboard division this past weekend in Oceanside, California.
It’s double wins for American surfers Conlogue, Florence at world tour stop in Australia, Team USA, April 26, 2019 Surfer Courtney Conlogue hung a 10-point ride on the way to her victory Saturday at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach event in Victoria, Australia. The finals produced two American wins. Two-time World Surf League champion John John Florence of Oahu, Hawaii, won the men’s event, holding off Brazil’s Filipe Toledo.Conlogue won the Pro Bells Beach event for the third time in four years, adding to titles she won in 2016 and 2017.
Church fires for USA Surfing Prime Series event, Surfline, April, 8, 2019 The waves were pumping, the sun was shining and the young surfers’ performances were on fire at the second-to-the-last stop of the West Coast Toyota USA Surfing Prime Series presented by Got Milk? at San Onofre’s Church over the weekend. Watanabe, Simmers, Slawson and Matson take top honors.
Kobe Bryant Gives Advice to Olympic Surfing Hopefuls, Surfline, March 7, 2019 Surfing in the Olympics is less than a year and a half away. And last week, at the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks California, the USA Surfing Olympic program was elevated to a brand-new, very professional place. Put it this way: the eight WCT surfers who showed up spent two days going through a battery of crazy tests at the high-tech sports facility, including a baseline measurement in functional range, conditioning, dynamic neuromuscular stabilization, explosive force, strength, stamina, nutrition, training, rehab practices and more. Things are getting serious.
USA athletes attend Olympic training summit, World Surf League, February 28, 2019 Team USA got Olympic preparations underway this week at the Mamba Sports Academy. The nation's leading experts in sports performance were in attendance including Champ Kobe Bryant in an effort to prepare surfers for the podium in 2020.
Huntington Beach Prime Series tackles wild weather & wild surf, Surfline, February 19, 2019 The Huntington Beach Toyota USA Prime Series presented by Got Milk? faced some wild weather and surf conditions last weekend. More than 100 of the best under-18 surfers from across the nation faced downpours and howling south winds that switched offshore, creating some chaotic wave conditions.
Pan Am Game surfers announced, Surfline, February 10, 2019 The race for a spot in the 2020 Olympic Games officially begins right now. The lineup of surfers for this year’s Pan American Games in Peru has just been announced — and whoever wins in Lima could be punching their ticket to Chiba.
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, 2018 Kyle 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.