Team USA sight on gold medal for the ISA Masters
Nicaragua ISA World Masters Surfing Championship
International Surfing Association
Colorado Beach, Hacienda Iguana Nicaragua
14 to 22 July 2012
USA Reloads its Roster in Hopes of Defending Its Team Gold Medal | espanol
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 10 July, 2012 : - - Last year, the USA sent a team to compete in the ISA World Masters Surfing Championship for the first time and came home with five individual medals and the Team Gold Medal. Beginners luck? Considering the quality of athletes the team brought to compete, luck would seem to have nothing to do with it. Regardless, Team USA is set to prove that last year’s dominance was no fluke.
Surfing America had to do some last minute shuffling with its roster due to late-breaking commitments, but Greg Cruse, the Executive Director, believes the eight-person roster traveling to the 2012 Nicaragua ISA World Masters Surfing Championship has what it takes to contend for another Team Gold Medal.
At last year’s event, the Men’s Masters (over-35) division was the only division in which a USA surfer failed to medal – so Surfing America did some recruiting. The Americans came up with Shea Lopez and Rick Takahashi. The older of the Lopez brothers (Cory is still competing regularly), Shea spent 10-plus years on the ASP World Tour before stepping away to focus on a career as an analyst and journalist, and to travel the world as a freesurfer.
Lopez will be aiming to improve on his medal-winning performance in 1992 at the ISA World Surfing Games in Lacanau, France, where he won the Bronze Medal in the Junior division. His teammate, Takahashi, is also a contest veteran, with dozens of domestic event wins on display in his trophy room.
Dean Randazzo is returning to represent the Americans in the Men´s Grand Masters (over-40) division, after finishing fifth in the 2011 El Salvador ISA World Masters. A World Tour veteran, Randazzo helped to put East Coast surfing on the map (born in Atlantic City, N.J.). Randazzo will be joined by journeyman surfer, Hans Hagen, who is new to ISA competition but well-traveled and well-versed in the ways of surf contests. He spends his days circling the globe in search of exotic new locales and waves, which will someday appear in surf magazines or a future event.
“It’s an honor to represent Team USA in the 2012 World Master Surfing Championship. I have to admit a feeling of nostalgia coming full circle from my amateur years on the US and NSSA National Teams,” Hagen said. “If Mother Nature greets us with an open hand, Colorado Beach could potentially be a full barrel-fest. I look forward to re-sampling this world-class beachbreak and escaping from the Southern California summer doldrums.”.
In the Men’s Kahunas (over-45) division, the Americans will field a pair of surfers who’ve already excelled in ISA events. Jim Hogan won the Silver Medal in the division last year in El Salvador, behind teammate Tom Curren’s gold, and should be the front-runner for the Gold in Nicaragua (Curren had to withdraw). It’s been a while since Ricky Shaffer has been in an ISA event, but when he competed in the ISA World Surfing Titles (now the ISA World Surfing Games) at Aguadilla, Puerto Rico in 1988, he finished 13th in the Open Men division.
Allen Sarlo and Alisa Cairns both won Copper Medals last year in their respective divisions. Sarlo will defend his medal and try to move up the podium in the Men’s Grand Kahunas (over-50) division. Competing in the Women’s Masters (over-35) division, Cairns will be trying to add to her ISA medal haul; prior to her Copper Medal last year, she also won a Copper Medal at the 1982 ISA World Surfing Games in Burleigh Heads, Australia, and the Gold Medal at the 1980 ISA event in Biarritz, France.
When competition begins at the 2012 Nicaragua ISA World Masters Surfing Championship on July 15th, there will be 150 surfers from 27 nations, both ISA World Masters records. There’s a level of prestige and honor that comes with representing one’s country in competition – as athletes will be doing in the London Olympics – especially in an event that will feature the best over-35-year-old surfers (in five divisions) from around the world. The athletes will be competing for individual medals, team medals and the perpetual Eduardo Arena Trophy, which will be awarded to the Gold Medal-winning team.
The event will begin on July 14th with the Parade of Nations, Sands of the World Ceremony and Opening Ceremony in Rivas, and competition at Colorado Beach at Hacienda Iguana will commence the following day.
Team USA Roster
Men’s Grand Masters
Men’s Grand Kahunas
Greg Cruse – Team Manager
Ian Cairns – Head Coach
The Nicaragua ISA World Masters Surfing Championship is made possible with the backing of the following sponsors: Nicaragua Tourism Institute, Gray Line, AmericanAirlines, Canal 13, Amnet, Hacienda Iguana, Taca, VOS TV, Municipalidad de Tola, Flor de Caña, INISER; the following cosponsors: Movistar, Dollar, Alamo, Comité Olimpico Nicaragüense, Hilton, Nuevo Diario, Guacalito, Condor, Servipro, Aqua Spa, CDNN canal 23, Nicasurfing; and the following supporters: Surfari Charters, Corona, Paso Pacifico, Renisa, Parmalat, Credomatic, Cruz Roja, Pantaleon, Canatur. The media partners are Pasión Xtrema, SurfersVillage and Surfos. The Official Forecaster for the event is Surfline.
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Author: Pablo Zanocchi
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