Surfing America, the National Governing Body for the sport of surfing in the USA, is pleased to announce the final travel squad for the PacSun USA Junior Surf Team to compete at the ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in Jiquiliste, Nicaragua, June 8 - 16, 2013.
The travel squad of 13 was selected from the team of twenty one named after the Surfing America USA Championships at Lower Trestles last June. The team consists of 4 Boys Under 18, 4 Boys Under 16, 2 Girls Under 18 and 2 Girls U16, plus 1 boys alternate. Travel squad selection was a difficult decision for coaches Ryan Simmons and Micah Byrne who held several training sessions plus intensive camps at Steamer Lane Santa Cruz in January and Encinitas in March. They took into consideration the individual surfers performance in camps, and their results in ASP Pro Junior, Surfing America Prime, and NSSA Open competitions and their previous experience at ISA World Junior Championships.
Matters where complicated further when our top Boy under 16, Kanoa Igarashi, broke his Tibia and Fibula in Australia after coming in second in the Rip Curl Grom Search World Championships at Bells Beach, Australia in late March. Kanoa worked hard to recover from his injury, but his doctors would not give him clearance to compete. Quincy Davis also took ill at the last minute and her doctor would not allow her to travel. Lulu Erkeneff, Dana Point, CA, will be filling her slot. U18 stand out, Taylor Clark, won the Volcom VQS National Championships in May and was sent to the International Championships in Tavarua, Fiji, and was not able to make the ISA World Junior Competition.
The Surfing America Program, which includes a development squad and the Surfing America Prime series has resulted in the luxury of having a large pool of talented surfers to draw from. This depth of talent in the USA Surf Team served us well in our ability to substitute for the three top talents who are not able to compete.
Coaches Ryan Simmons and Micah Byrne are in agreement stating, “Even though we are down a few strong surfers, our deep talent pool has still allowed us to field an incredible team for this year’s event. The swell forecast looks epic and the athletes are champing at the bit. We are coming into this year with more team spirit and cohesiveness than in years past and I am confident it will show in our final result. We are looking forward to the opportunity of bringing home a Gold Medal. ”
"We are stoked to see all of our efforts over the last few years bearing fruit," said Surfing America executive director, Greg Cruse. "With the Surfing America Prime series now in place for 5 years, this is the first generation of surfers that has benefited from a program that pits the best kids on the coasts in competition that mirrors, International Surfing Association and Association of Surfing Professionals standards of four man twenty minute heats, professional judging and computer scoring. We have developed a deep pool of talent, established the USA Surf Team program as one that every under 18 year old surfer in the country aspires to, and at the same time are producing champions that are great people and well spoken. Can't wait to see what this PacSun USA Surf Team accomplishes in Nicaragua."
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PacSun USA Jr. Surf Team Travel Squad
Cam Richards - Myrtle Beach, SC
Parker Coffin - Santa Barbara, CA
Colin Moran - Costa Mesa, CA
Kevin Schulz - San Clemente, CA
Jake Davis - Capistrano Beach, CA
Jake Marshall - Encinitas, CA
Colt Ward - San Clemente, CA
Griffin Colapinto - San Clemente, CA
Thelen McKinna-Worrell - Malibu, CA
Nikki Viesins - Indialantic, FL
Lulu Erkeneff - Dana Point, CA
Tia Blanco - San Clemente, CA
Frankie Harrer - Malibu, CA
Ryan Simmons - Costa Mesa, CA
Micah Byrne - Huntington Beach, CA
Kevyn Dean - Medical Director - Huntington Beach, CA
Justin Jung - Videographer - San Clemente, CA
Greg Cruse - Team Manager - Surfing America Executive Director - San Clemente, CA
Surfing America is a 501 c (3) corporation whose mission is to promote the growth, competitive success, and positive image of surfing in the USA and to provide the best possible experience for all participants by encouraging, developing, advancing, and administrating the sport-while producing champions.