Hobgood, Bourgeois to lead mens charge in Portugal
San Juan Capistrano, Calif. – October 6, 2008 – Surfing America, the
national governing body for surfing in the USA, is excited to announce the
competition roster for the 2008 ISA World Surfing Games. The Olympic-style
event will be held October 11th – 19th in Costa da Caparica, Portugal. Two
ASP World Tour surfers – C.J. Hobgood and Ben Bourgeois — will lead the
mens squad. Hobgood heads to Portugal fresh off his win at the Billabong
Pro Mundaka, where he beat Australian Joel Parkinson in the final.
“I think we have a very good team with C.J. and Benny,” remarked head coach
Joey Buran. “This squad is definitely capable of winning a medal.”
Joining Hobgood and Bourgeois, will be junior standouts Dillon Perillo
(Malibu, California) and Nat Young (Santa Cruz, California). Perillo
recently won the Oakley Pro Junior in Newport Beach, California, while Young
just won the Billabong Pro Junior in Ponto, California. Perillo and Young
were members of the USA’s copper medal winning junior team from last May –
both finishing in the top eight in Under 18s.
With a women’s ASP World Tour event occurring simultaneously with the ISA
Games as well as a men’s WQS six-star in Brazil, Buran and the Selection
Committee looked at all available top-level surfers in America. They
selected women’s WQS standout Lauren Sweeney (Encinitas, California) along
with former PacSun USA Surf Team junior member Demi Boelsterli (Santa
Barbara, California) to the womens roster.
The lone longboarder is 2008 U.S. Open of Surfing champion Taylor Jensen
(Imperial Beach, California). Jensen will be joined by bodyboarders Jeremy
Wright (Long Beach, California), Jacob Romero (Waiehu, Hawaii) and Keila
Grodzen (Dana Point, California).
“We’re excited about this roster and the direction the program is headed,”
said Surfing America executive director, Mike Gerard. The ISA World Surfing
Games is an incredible global showcase for the sport of surfing and we hope
to improve on the USA’s bronze medal finish at the last World Games held in
Huntington Beach, CA in 2006.”
The following is the PacSun USA Surf Team roster for the 2008 ISA World