San Clemente, California (June 26, 2021) – USA Surfing is excited to announce the 2021-22 Toyota USA Surfing Youth Olympic Development Program teams - the USA Surfing Junior Team and the USA Surfing Developmental Team.
Each level creates a progressive path to perform at elite levels and potentially qualify for the ISA World Junior Championship team, the World Surf League’s Qualifying Series, Championship Tour and Olympic Games.
Coach Brett Simpson’s approach is focused on building teams that offer continuous opportunities to progress. He and assistant coach Brandon Phillips will do a mid-year assessment of current team members as well as top performers in the Toyota USA Surfing Prime Series, who could be “called up” to join the teams.
“USA Surfing’s junior teams represent elite under age 18 surf athletes, who are on a path to raise their surfing, mental preparation and leadership to the next levels,” said USA Surfing coach Brett Simpson.
As part of their development as athletes, team surfers and parents will sign a Code of Conduct and complete the new SafeSport training geared toward minor athletes and their parents.
Developmental Surf Team
This roster consists of surfers who demonstrate budding talent that can benefit from more development and coaching opportunities.
Quaid Fahrion, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Petey Romaniuk, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Vance Weyandt, Tequesta, Fla.
Finn McCarty, San Clemente, Calif.
Chase Niemann, Carlsbad, Calif.
Adam Bartlett, Santa Cruz, Calif.
Henry Rothey, San Clemente, Calif.
Reef Persidok, Encinitas, Calif.
Timothy Simmers, Oceanside, Calif.
Gavin Bren, Ocean City, MD
Charlie Stevens, San Clemente, Calif.
Beckham McCart, Melbourne, Fla.
Vela Mattive, Santa Barbara, Calif.
Sawyer Dimick, San Clemente, Calif.
Lanea Mons, Atlantic Beach, Fla.
Daya McCart, Melbourne Beach, Fla.
Ava Lavender, Sorrento, Fla.
Alana Lopez, Ponce Inlet, Fla.
Kaia Howard, Encinitas, Calif.
Kayden Persidok, Encinitas, Calif.
Reid Van Wagoner, Carlsbad, Calif.
Hannah Bakker, San Clemente, Calif.
Junior National Team
A roster consisting of U16 and U18 selected eligible surfers. The field will be assessed and the twelve top performers (six boys and six girls – three U16 and three U18) will be named to the ISA World Junior Championship team that will compete in the next ISA World Junior Championship event. The 2022 ISA World Junior Championship will take place in El Salvador. The date is TBD.
Ryan Huckabee, Flagler Beach, Fla.
Lucas Owston, Oceanside, Calif.
Cole McCaffray, Encinitas, Calif.
Carl Burger, Flagler Beach, Fla.
Kyan Yang, Encinitas, Calif.
Ben Brantell, San Clemente, Calif.
Blayr Barton, Sandbridge, Va.
Dane Matson, San Clemente, Calif.
Jak Zietz, Santa Barbara, Calif.
Rex Hennings, San Clemente, Calif.
Kepa Mendia, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Benji Lange, St. Augustine, Fla.
Will Deane, Nags Head, N.C.
Lucas Senkbeil Cassity, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
Eeli Timperi, Encinitas, Calif.
Cannon Carr, San Clemente, Calif.
Luke Wyler, San Clemente, Calif.
Caitlin Simmers, Oceanside, Calif.
Sawyer Lindblad, San Clemente, Calif.
Zoe Benedetto, Palm City, Fla.
Syd Ott, Encinitas, Calif.
Keanna Miller, Santa Cruz, Calif.
Lilie Kulber, Los Angeles, Calif.
Mia Gallagher, Ocean City, N.J.
Brynn Gallagher, Ocean City, N.J.
Sierra Downer, San Clemente, Calif.
Bella Kenworthy, San Clemente, Calif.
Sara Freyre, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Kylie Pulcini, Melbourne Beach, Fla.
Avery McDonald, San Clemente, Calif.
Niyah Rosen, New Smyrna Beach, Fla. (currently residing in Newport, Calif.)
Juju Romaniuk, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Maddie Lavender, Sorrento, Fla.
Talia Swindal, Malibu, Calif.
Mia McLeish, San Clemente, Calif.
Media contact: becky (at) usasurfing (dot) org
USA Surfing is the National Governing Body for surfing in the United States, recognized by the International Surfing Association (ISA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). USA Surfing’s mission is to promote and grow the sport of surfing and support United States athletes of all backgrounds to achieve sustained competitive excellence in Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American and Parapan American competition. USA Surfing will oversee and support America’s Olympic team as surfing makes its debut in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and surfing and stand-up paddleboarding athletes compete in the 2019 Pan American Games.
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