2005 USA Surf Team Selected


USA Surf Team to Represent U.S. at World Junior Championships in Huntington Beach in October

The Surfing America USA Championships concluded today with nine new USA Champions and 38 USA Surf Team members selected. Spanning six days of solid competition among more than {{{300}}} of the best amateur surfers from across the nation, heated battles and devastating defeats in often challenging conditions determined who received the titles and open spots on the USA Surf Team. The USA Surf Team will represent the United States at the International Surfing Association’s Quiksilver World Junior Surfing Championships hosted by Surfing America in Huntington Beach in October 2005 where teams from around the globe will convene to prove which country prevails. This year’s team hopes to improve on last year’s impressive silver medal finish at the Junior Championships in Tahiti.

“Surfing America is proud to have brought the best surfers from all five of our member organizations to Huntington Beach for this event,” said Mike Gerard, executive director, Surfing America. “The level of talent demonstrated here was exceptional, and what an honor it is just for these kids to make it this far. There’s no doubt that the new USA Surf Team is made up of the best of the best and we look forward to taking the ISA World Junior Championships by storm.”

USA Championship titles were awarded to first place winners in nine divisions.

The Official 2005 USA Champions:

Dusty Payne from Hawaii in the Open Men’s division;
Courtney Conlogue from California in Open Women’s;
Kyle Ramey from Hawaii in Boys under 18;
Erica Hosseini from California in Girls under 18;
Kai Barger from Hawaii in Boys under 16;
Christa Alves from Florida in Girls under 16;
Riley Metcalf from California in Boys under 14;
Christian Wach from California in Open Longboard; and
Chris Welpman from California in Open Bodyboard.

The following athletes, listed by division, were named to the 2005 USA Surf Team:

Open Men
Nick Rozsa, California
Kevin Sullivan, Hawaii
Matt Mohagen; California
Jeremy Johnston, Florida
Nick Blunda, New Jersey
Ryan Heavyside, Florida

Open Women
Courtney Conlogue, California
Jenny Quam, California
Darlene Conolly, California
Christa Alves, Florida

Boys Under 18
Tanner Gudauskas, California
Sebastian Zietz, Hawaii
Drew Ventura, California
Dane Ward, California
Eddie Guilbeau, Florida
Chris Waring, California

Girls Under 18
Demi Boelsterli, California
Erica Hosseini, California
Alana Blanchard, Hawaii
Connie Arias, Florida
Bethany Hamilton, Hawaii
Lexie Papilion, California

Boys Under 16
Cory Arrambide, California
Trevor Saunders, California
Jeff Lukasik, California
Kai Barger, Hawaii
Jordan Gaudet, California
Hunter Heverly, North Carolina

Girls Under 16
Lindsey Bowman, Virginia
Amy Nicholl, Florida

Boys Under 14
Evan Geiselman, Florida
Riley Metcalf, California

Open Longboard
Joseph Aaron, California
Christian Clark, California
Christian Wach, California

Open Bodyboard
Kris Espinosa, California
Brad Mebust, California
Chris Welpman, California

In addition to competing at the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships, the USA Surf Team members will participate in organized training sessions and programs during their term as USA Surf Team members as part of Surfing America’s ongoing commitment to preparing exceptionally talented amateurs for a future career as a professional surfer.

"SIMA is excited to be part of the Surfing America USA Championships,” said Dick Baker, SIMA president and president of apparel maker Op. “We could not be happier with the momentum Surfing America has built in its quest to develop the tremendous young surf talent out there and grow surfing in America. Together with the support from the industry as a whole, we look forward to working collectively to continue building upon this success."

Hosted by Surfing America, the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of surfing in the United States, and presented by the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA), the contest convened the best amateur athletes in America from five regional member organizations: Eastern Surfing Association (ESA), Hawaii Amateur Surfing Association (HASA), National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA), Texas Gulf Surfing Association (TGSA) and Western Surfing Association (WSA).

Surfing America would like to thank all of the sponsors that stepped up in an extraordinary show of unity to support the Surfing America USA Championships and help develop the sport of surfing in America - presenting sponsor SIMA; the seven major industry brands Billabong, Body Glove, O’Neill, OP, Quiksilver, Reef and Rip Curl; and the eight surf media partners Fuel TV, Surfer, Surfing, SG, Surfline, Surf Life for Women, Transworld Business and Transworld Surf. Thanks also go to Heavenly Resort in Lake {{{Tahoe}}} for its ongoing support of the USA Surf Team.

About Surfing AmericaSurfing America is the ISA-recognized National Governing Body for Surfing in the United States. The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World Governing Authority for Surfing, Bodyboarding, and Surfriding. SurfingAmerica.org

Surfing America is also the North America Regional Office of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP). ASPWorldTour.com

Surfing America is an IRS recognized 501(c) 3 charitable organization. All donations made to Surfing America are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the law. Donation checks should be made payable to: Surfing America, P.O. Box 309, Huntington Beach, CA 92648. End of year tax receipts are sent to every individual donor of more than $250. For donations under $250, a cancelled check or credit card statement is sufficient evidence for IRS purposes. Surfing America will send a tax receipt to any donor who requests one.

About SIMAThe Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) is the official working trade association of more than 300 surf industry suppliers. Founded in 1989, SIMA is a non-profit organization that serves to promote awareness of the surf industry and participation in the sport of surfing through public relations efforts and a variety of services, educational programs and research. In addition, SIMA actively supports oceanic environmental efforts through its 501(c)(3) charitable environmental foundation, the SIMA Environmental Fund. In the past 15 years, SIMA's Environmental Fund has raised more than $2.5 million for environmental groups seeking to protect the world's oceans, beaches and waves.

About ISASurfing America is the ISA-recognized National Governing Body for Surfing in the United States. The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World Governing Authority for Surfing, Bodyboarding and Surfriding.

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Surfing America Recognized Organizations:

Eastern Surfing Association (ESA)

Hawaii Amateur Surfing Association (HASA)

National Scholastic Surfing Association

Texas Gulf Surfing Association (TGSA)

Western Surfing Association (WSA)