Travel squad finalized after intense 3-day training camp
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 5 March, 2014 - Surfing America announces the final travel squad for the USA Junior Surf Team to compete at the International Surfing Association (ISA) World Junior Surfing Championships in Salinas Ecuador, April 3 – 14, 2014. The travel squad of 12 was selected from the team of 21 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 Under 16.
It was a difficult decision by coaches Ryan Simmons and Micah Byrne who held several training sessions since June, including intensive camps at Steamer Lane Santa Cruz in January and San Clemente in February. They took into consideration the individual surfers performance in camps, and their results in ASP Pro Junior, Surfing America Prime, NSSA Open competitions and their previous experience at ISA World Junior Championships.
“The travel squad is finalized after an intense 3-day training camp. We surfed Lowers, T-Street and Huntington Beach in preparation for our journey to Ecuador. We built team camaraderie and work ethic, did mental training, and finalized spots with surf-offs. The USA Junior Surf Team is on a mission to win the Gold Medal,” said head coach Ryan Simmons. Assistant Coach Micah Byrne feels that “On paper, our team is the strongest that I can remember, with no weak spots. Their positive energy and camaraderie is like nothing I've ever seen before and amazing to be around. If we all perform to the best of our ability we will be unstoppable.”
“For several of our team members, this will be their third trip to ISA World Junior Surfing Championships. 3rd-timers include – Kanoa Igarashi, Jake Davis, Jake Marshall, Griffin Colapinto and Frankie Harrer. Tia Blanco is making her second appearance. The team has seen the magic of teamwork from last year in Nicaragua, keeping everyone motivated and pumped up until the very end of these grueling marathon events. USA placed 5th in 2011, 4th in 2012 and 3rd in 2013. We are hoping to contend for the Gold Medal this year with this experienced, talented, cohesive squad,” said Surfing America executive director, Greg Cruse.
USA Jr. Surf Team Travel Squad
Jake Davis – Team Captain – 16 – Capistrano Beach, CA – O’Neill
Kanoa Igarashi – 16 - Huntington Beach, CA – Quiksilver, RedBull
Nic Hdez – 17 – Santa Cruz, CA - Quiksilver
Daniel Glenn – 17 – New Smyrna Beach, FL - Reef
Jake Marshall – 15 - Encinitas, CA - Hurley
Griffin Colapinto – 15 - San Clemente, CA - Billabong
Nolan Rapoza – 16 – Long Beach, CA - Fox
Luke Gordon – 14 – Pawley’s Island, SC – Rip Curl
Tia Blanco – 16 - San Clemente, CA - Reef
Frankie Harrer – 16 – Malibu, CA - Billabong
Maddie Peterson – 15 – Wildwood Crest, NJ – Under Armour
Malia Osterkamp – 15 – San Clemente, 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