Team USA puts on a show at the World Surfing Games in Japan
San Clemente, California (September 19, 2018) – USA Surfing could not be more stoked to celebrate California’s Day of Surfing with the world on September 20. The team is surfing for podium positions this week at the ISA World Surfing Games in Tahara, Japan – the largest international team surfing event attracting the world’s best surfing talent.
The performances of Team USA’s three men and three women have put the team in a position to win medals. The athletes will surf in a team event team today – one of the highlights of the World Surfing Games. The Games bring together 202 elite surfing athletes from 42 nations and provides a preview of surfing’s debut in the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.
“There is nothing like the World Surfing Games. To surf for your country with a team that depends on you is a huge honor and responsibility,” said USA Surfing CEO Greg Cruse. “The surfers on Team USA know they are part of something much bigger than themselves as individuals. The culture of high expectations and excellence that head coach Joey Buran has created should bring out peak performances. I’m stoked to watch it unfold.”
All three women – Zoe MacDougall, Summer Macedo and Caitlin Simmers – advanced to the final twelve positions. Twelve-year-old Caitlin Simmers of Oceanside, California is the youngest team member and is impressing the world with her progressive surfing and intense focus. She’s been featured on Team USA’s digital channels and the San Diego Tribune.
“California surfing has a lot to celebrate,” said USA Surfing’s President Andrea Swayne, who wrote a letter of support for the legislation to make surfing an official state sport when it was first being considered. “We are excited and optimistic about the opportunity to strike gold on a home beach and bring a whole new meaning to the nickname “Golden State,” where surfing is the official sport. The impressive performances in Japan this week lead up to an even bigger event. Next month California’s Huntington Beach will be the site of the 2018 International Surfing Association’s World Junior Championship, where Team USA will defend its title after winning gold in 2017.
California is not only the birthplace of USA Surfing, but also the home of USA Surfing -- the National Governing Body for surfing, which makes its Olympic debut in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
Contact: Becky Fleischauer, 302-588-0671, becky (at) usasurfing (dot) org
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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.