(Oceanside, Calif.) - June 16, 2021 - The best Para Surfing athletes from across the U.S. mainland and Hawaii competed in the 2021 Toyota USA Surfing Para Surfing Championship in multiple divisions for the opportunity to join Team USA and represent their country.
Together, since the inception of the ISA World Para Surfing Games in 2015, Team USA has brought home a consecutive team gold, two team silver medals and team bronze.
Coach Sean Brody said the athletes gave it their all to secure their spots on Team USA. See team roster below.
“It was so nice to have everyone together again and to see everyone back in jerseys. We have a stellar team and are excited for the months ahead as we train and prepare for the ISA World Para Surfing Championship. Congratulations to all the competitors and to this year’s USA Surfing Para Surf Team,” said Brody.
“Their commitment to athletic excellence, has developed Team USA into one of the most formidable players on the ISA Para Surfing World Championship stage,” said Bailey, who is a five-time USA Surfing National Champion and the first adaptive surfer to ride both Mavericks and Pipeline. A quarter of the 2021 team is comprised of veterans.
2021 Team USA Para Surf team members include:
Ryan Gambrell, Oceanside, Calif.
Liv Stone, Carlsbad, Calif.
Darien Haynes, Hawaii
Carter Hess, Jacksonville, Fla.
Dana Cummings, Atascadero, Calif.
Ty Ducket, North Hollywood, Calif.
Mike Pingatore, Chico, Calif.
Christiaan “Otter” Bailey, Santa Cruz, Calif.
Sarah Bettencourt, San Diego, Calif.
Casey Proud, Hawaii
Jose Martinez, Apple Valley, Calif.
Jesse Billauer, Los Angeles, Calif.
Quinn Waitley, Coronado, Calif.
Alana Nichols, Reno, Nev.
Ethan Kairer, Encinitas, Calif.
PS VI 1
Joshua Loya, La Mesa, Calif.
Surfers competed in several categories based on how the surfers ride the waves – standing, kneeling, prone, assisted and visually impaired.
Toyota USA Surfing Para Surfing Championship results:
Para Surf Stand division:
1st Faith Lennox
2nd Darian Bailey Haynes
3rd Liv Stone
1st Ethan Kairer
2nd Jeff Munson
3rd Alana Nichols
4th Kyle Richardson
Prone 1 surfers
1st Michael Pingatore
2nd Casey Proud
3rd Christiaan Bailey
4th Sarah Bettencourt
5th Jacob Pacheco
Prone 2 division
1st Jesse Billauer
2nd Jose Martinez
3rd Shay Eastham
4th Eric Lazar
5th Parker Olenick
6th Quinn Waitley
Para Surf Stand 3 & Kneel
1st Josh Bogle
2nd Michael Pingatore
3rd Ty Duckett
4th Jeff Munson
Para Surf Stand
1st Carter Hess
2nd Ryan Gambrell
3rd Shawn Lewis
4th Dana Cummings
5th William Thompson
Vision Impaired 1&2
1st Aaron Paulk
2nd Joshua Loya
This week’s event takes on extra significance, as ISA and USA Surfing continue to advocate to have Para Surfing added to the 2023 Pan American Games and eventually the 2024 Paralympic Games in Los Angeles.
USA Surfing CEO Greg Cruse said the athletes and competition provide inspiration for the world to get moving again. “I look forward to seeing America’s adaptive athletes compete every year and am always moved by their skill, athleticism, and personal stories of grit and determination.”
Competition classifications are determined by the International Surfing Association (ISA) based on how the athletes ride the wave. 2021 Para Surfing Sport Classes include:
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