Ten years of Prime Series events fly when you're having fun!
Frothing groms ten years ago at Del Mar Jetty Prime event, middle photo U16 winner Lakey Peterson, right photo boys U14 winner Kanoa Igarashi (📷Jack McDaniel).
San Clemente, Calif. (August 15, 2019) – The Toyota USA Surfing West Coast Prime Series season presented by Got Milk? gets underway this weekend, August 17-18 at Camp Pendleton’s Del Mar Jetty. Heat draws will be posted later in the week.
USA junior national team coach Brett Simpson said he is excited for this venue. “The waves can be really fun at Del Mar Jetty. Unless they have military base access, many surfers may not have surfed here much,” said Simpson. “New waves always help diversify the game!”
More than 100 of the best under 18 surfers on the West Coast will compete for Series titles and cumulative points that qualify them to surf at USA Surfing Championships at Lower Trestles. The Surfline forecast calls for moderate swell with 2- to -3 feet conditions and light winds on Saturday that pick up on Sunday.
The invite-only Prime Series is a competition among surfers who placed highest in regional competitions held by USA Surfing’s affiliate organizations – the Western Surfing Association, Eastern Surfing Association, National Scholastic Surfing Association and Texas Gulf Surfing Association.
Several World Surf League stand outs honed their skills in the Prime Series, including No. 1-ranked Kolohe Andino, two-time U.S. Open winner Sage Erickson, Lakey Peterson, Caroline Marks, Courtney Conlogue, Conner Coffin, Griffin Colapinto and more. In the second Prime Series event at Del Mar Jetty in 2009, Conner Coffin won U18, Kanoa Igarashi took the U14 win. Lakey Peterson won Girls U16 and Courtney Conlogue won Girls U18. Looking back at the Prime Series results over the past ten-plus years is a who’s who in American surfing.
USA Surfing’s Prime Series was created to bridge the gap young surfers experience when making the jump to the bigger leagues of surfing, including a position on the USA Surfing national teams, the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series, the WSL Championship Tour and potentially the Olympic Games. The Prime format provides surfers with an experience similar to WSL pro events with professional WSL/ISA judges and announcers, four-person heats using priority, computer scoring live on the STACT App and instant replay for the judges.
USA Surfing’s Prime Series is pleased to welcome a new sponsor this year - DJO®, a leading provider of medical technologies designed to support surfer mobility and rehabilitation. Other proud supporters include: SunBum, Wienerschnitzel, GoGoSqueeZ BlastZ, New Era Cap, Carver Skateboards, Got Milk?, Hot Shoppe Designs, Outlets at San Clemente, HydroFlask, Tea of a Kind, Blue Diamond Almonds, Jacuzzi, Leus, Rise Brewing Company and DSC Performance.
USA Surfing’s junior national team will have its first west coast training as the new 2019-20 team on Friday, August 16. Simpson said there are some amazing surfers returning to the team, along with some young new faces. “It will be a great opportunity to learn and push each other throughout the year. I’m excited for the process to start!” Simpson said.
USA Surfing has three levels for its USA Junior Teams: developmental, junior national and ISA world juniors training team. Each level creates a progressive path to perform at elite levels. USA Surfing’s junior teams represent the nation’s most elite under age 18 surf athletes, who are on a path to raise their performances and athleticism to world-stage levels. The developmental team is comprised of surfers who show potential for making the considerable jump to the more elite junior national team level.
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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