Multi-Sport Olympic Gold Medalists Take On 2020 Surfing Olympic Hopefuls in Exhibition Heat
San Clemente, California (June 12, 2018) – USA Surfing Championships – the contest that determines which surfers are selected to be USA Surf team members and compete internationally – will be held June 15-20 at San Onofre State Beach, Lower Trestles and Oceanside Harbor. A June 11-14 segment of the competition held at Oceanside will include adult shortboard, adaptive and longboard divisions. (See at-a-glance schedule below.)
To celebrate surfing’s debut in the 2020 Olympic Games, the finals day of the junior championships will feature a first-of-its-kind exhibition heat with multi-sport Olympic medalists and surfing’s Olympic hopefuls (see more details below).
Approximately 250 of the top surfers who qualified at regional events will compete for a chance at national titles and to be on the USA national team to further develop their skills and compete internationally.
The Championships are a highly anticipated event, culminating at one of the world’s best surf breaks, Lower Trestles. The athletes’ performances will provide a preview of surfers who could represent the United States when the sport of surfing makes its debut in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and beyond.
The exhibition heat will provide surfing’s Olympic hopefuls a chance to share their love of surfing with Olympians from other sports and learn from them about the experience of the Olympic stage. Some of the gold medalists from other sports will be surfing for the first time.
Olympic athletes in the exhibition heat will include gold medalist snowboarder Red Gerard, snowboarder Kyle Mack, snowboarder Lyndsey Jacobellis, water polo gold medalist Kaleigh Gilchrist and Winter and Summer Paralympic gold medalist Alana Nichols. In addition, after recovering from being swept off an 80-foot cliff and buried under an avalanche for five minutes, snowboarder Brock Crouch will join fellow athletes on the beach. Crouch was on the USA Surfing junior team.
Surfing Olympic hopefuls could include standout pros Kolohe Andino, Griffin Colapinto, Courtney Conlogue and Caroline Marks.
“The exhibition heat featuring our Olympic hopefuls surfing with current and former Olympians promises to be one of the most stoke-filled events in sports history,” said USA Surfing CEO Greg Cruse. “The love of country and sport will be on full display.”
USA Surfing will announce its 2018 national team in early July, following the June Championships. The U.S. team won gold at the 2017 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in Hyuga, Japan, where 306 surfers from a record-breaking 41 nations across all continents of the globe competed.
*All taking place at Lower Trestles San Onofre State Beach
**No competition on Sunday, Father’s Day.
For a full schedule of events, visit usasurfing.org.
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