Huntington Beach, Calif. (Feb. 18, 2021) – The 2021 West Coast Toyota USA Surfing Prime Series kicks off in Huntington Beach this weekend, drawing more than 100 of the best under 18 junior surfers. The Toyota USA Surfing Prime Series is the highest level of junior surfing in the nation, and is now an official part of the Olympic Development Program as recognized by the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee. Click on the heat draws and schedule above.
“After a year of Covid shutdowns, we are beyond stoked to see surfers back in Toyota jerseys competing again,” said USA Surfing CEO Greg Cruse. Event organizers are following CDC Covid-19 protocols to keep athletes, staff and fans socially distanced and safe.
The first heat will start at 7:00 a.m. at Huntington Beach Pier, where the best under 18 surfers from up and down the West Coast will compete for West Coast titles and to qualify to surf in the Toyota USA Surfing Championships at Lower Trestles in California. Surfline forecasters are calling for building swell at Huntington Beach Pier.
USA Surfing’s junior national team members will have a team training with coach Brett Simpson on Friday morning, Feb. 19. There are two levels of USA Surfing junior national teams. The most elite junior national team members compete internationally in International Surfing Association World Junior Surfing Championship events. The developmental junior team consists of younger surfers who show potential to grow and shine as they age up in divisions. Because Covid shut down 2020 competition, the teams will retain all members except those who aged out.
The Toyota USA Surfing Prime Series is designed to prepare young surfers for the big leagues of surfing. Several current WSL pro surfers honed their competitive skills through USA Surfing’s Prime Series, including 2nd-ranked Caroline Marks, 3rd-ranked Lakey Peterson, 5th-ranked Kolohe Andino, 2018 US Open champions Courtney Conlogue and Kanoa Igarashi, fan favorites Conner Coffin and Griffin Colapinto. The Prime Series champion and podium roster is a who’s who in American surfing.
Surfers competing in the Prime Series experience an event with judging, announcing and organization consistent with WSL pro events, including professional WSL/ISA judges and announcers, four-person heats with priority, computer scoring live on the STACT App and instant replay for the judges.
The Toyota USA Surfing Prime Series makes stops along both East and West coasts and culminates in the USA Surfing Championships in June. The competition was created to bridge the gap young surfers experience when trying to make the leap from pro junior competition to next-level competition opportunities, including a position on the USA Surfing national teams, the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series and potentially the Olympics and WSL Championship Tour.
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 and Paralympic Committee (USOPC). 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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