(Makinohara, Japan) – July 17, 2021 – Team USA Olympic surfers Carissa Moore, Caroline Marks, Kolohe Andino and John John Florence started their pre- Olympic Games training camp in host city Makinohara today with ocean and wave pool practice sessions.
The team will spend three days in Makinohara, taking advantage of the city’s new Surf Stadium wave pool, Shizunami beach break, and beautiful Swing Beach Hotel with fresh, locally-sourced produce, fish and meats.
Four-time world champion and current world No. 1 Carissa Moore said the team vibe was fun and relaxed. “We’re soaking it all in and enjoying each other and this historic Olympic moment together,” Moore said. “The host city of Makinohara has been incredibly generous in sharing their hospitality and culture – from the awesome beach, the cheering crowds, new wave pool and beautiful leis and hotel. We’re so grateful.”
Team medical director Kevyn Dean said the goal for day one of Pre- Games training camp is acclimation. “We are off to a great start after a comfortable Nippon Airways/United Air Lines flight and smooth trip to Makinohara,” Dean said. “We’re using all the recovery tools and body work to keep our athletes healthy and feeling good. Everyone looks super strong.”
With the support of sponsors, USA Surfing set up a recovery center with Hyperice hypervolts, Normatec, Joovv infrared light therapy, Don Joy Performance supports, and other rehab and body work tools.
Surfers started today with a morning training session at Shizunami beach, where conditions were small and choppy. “It was just enough to have fun,” said coach Brett Simpson. “They all showed some good energy in some conditions we have been expecting for awhile now. So if those conditions show up, we will be ready!”
Surfline lead forecaster Kurt Korte is seeing some promising conditions lining up for the start of the Olympic Games competition window between July 25 and August 1. Korte will be making the call for optimal dates and times for holding surfing's first Olympic competition. “All the forecast guidance suggests we’ll have a steady run of surf through the contest window. It is still too early to nail down the wind forecast, but the swell outlook is looking promising. All in all, I’m excited about what’s on the charts and look forward to helping everyone score the best surf we can get,” Korte said.
More updates and information will be posted here leading up to and through surfing’s first Olympic Games. Contact becky at usasurfing dot org for B-roll, other media assets and more information. Go Team USA!
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