USA Surfing is proud to introduce the 2023/2024 USA Surfing Junior National Team, a talented group of the best mainland U.S. surfers under the age of 18. See rosters below.
“Junior Team membership is the result of hard-fought competition by the past season’s best performers. Everyone on this roster has something special about their surfing and I am extremely proud and excited to work with them,” said USA Surfing Head Coach Ryan Simmons.
Surfers earn spots on the teams through USA Surfing’s East and West Coast Prime Series and the USA Surfing Championship at Lowers.
This season Simmons and Assistant Coach Asher Nolan will continue the traditional mid-season assessment, offering additional opportunities for USA Surfing Prime surfers to get a “call up” onto the team in January.
“Our junior teams have always provided an exciting look into the future of elite surfing in the U.S.,” said CEO Andrea Swayne. “Keeping the USA talent pipeline full via world-class training and development opportunities such as the Prime Series and Junior teams remains a top priority, a cornerstone of our mission.”
USA Surfing Prime competition and junior team selection is part of a path toward elite level skill development, potential qualification for the International Surfing Association’s ISA World Junior Surfing Championship team selection, World Surf League (WSL) professional competition and the Olympic Games.
The junior team will be divided into two age group categories—U18 and U16 for both boys and girls—in alignment with ISA World Juniors competition divisions.
A number of WSL CT surfers rose through the ranks of Prime and USA Surfing Junior teams to become top professionals and/or Olympians including USA’s first Olympic qualifier Kolohe Andino, Olympic surfers Caroline Marks and Kanoa Igarashi (Japan), Lakey Peterson, Sage Erickson, Conner Coffin, Courtney Conlogue, Caitlin Simmers, and 2024 Olympics provisionally qualified surfer Griffin Colapinto.
“Being named to the U.S. Junior Team is an honor and a privilege and I hope you are all as frothed as I am,” said Simmons in an address to the new team. “I’m extremely proud of all of you and excited to get to work.”
USA Surfing Junior National Team Roster 2023/2024
Jak Ziets, Santa Barbara, CA
Gavin Lusby, Huntington Beach, CA
Kai Kushner, Manhattan Beach, CA
Dylan Young, San Clemente, CA
Cannon Carr, San Clemente, CA
Logan Radd, Indialantic, FL
Benji Lange, St. Augustine, FL
Braeden Kopec, Ponce Inlet, FL
Will Deane, Nags Head, NC
Rex Hennings, San Clemente, CA
Laird Lavik, San Clemente, CA
Luke MacBeth, Carlsbad, CA
Bella Kenworthy, San Clemente, CA
Sara Freyre, Huntington Beach, CA
Zoe Chait, Half Moon Bay, CA
Talia Swindal, Malibu, CA
Maddie Storrer, Capitola, CA
Niyah Rosen, New Smyrna Beach, FL
Avery McDonald, San Clemente, CA
Vela Mattive, Santa Barbara, CA
Kylie Pulcini, Melbourne Beach, FL
Remy Todd, San Clemente, CA
Brynn Gallagher, Ocean City, NJ
Ezra McPhillips, San Clemente, CA
Quaid Fahrion, Huntington Beach, CA
Petey Romaniuk, Huntington Beach, CA
Dane Libby, Encinitas, CA
Darrin Shigei-Seat, Laguna Hills, CA
Teddy Wittemann, Melbourne Beach, FL
Beckham McCart, Melbourne Beach, F
Makai Castle, Huntington Beach, CA
Nash Rice, San Clemente, CA
Ian Honda, Satellite Beach, FL
Gavin Bren, Ocean City, MD
Gus Hultgren, New Smyrna Beach, FL
Brody Price, Soquel, CA
Mia McLeish, San Clemente, CA
Maddie Stanton, Encinitas, CA
Lanea Mons, Atlantic Beach, FL
Daya McCart, Indialantic, FL
Eden Walla, San Clemente, CA
Alana Lopez, Ponce Inlet, FL
Sofia Gamboa, Coral Springs, FL
Victoria Duprat, Encinitas, CA
Olivia Storrer, Capitola, CA
Kaydn Persidok, , Encinitas, CA
Bailey Turner, Huntington Beach, CA
Marlo Leigh Harris, Dana Point, CA
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