After leading the U.S. Surf Team to its first gold medal performance in a generation last summer at the ISA World Games in Costa Rica, Head Coach Ian Cairns, arguably surfing’s biggest hard ass, has stormed the beaches of New Zealand with his juniors team armed and ready for the battle of their lives. Their goal is to take home the gold at the ISA World Junior Championships, an event that attracts the world’s best junior surfers.
For the record, Cairns’ goal in New Zealand will be much harder to attain than it was at the ISA World Games. Unlike Costa Rica, where many nations were represented by B-teams, including the U.S., the World Junior Championships do attract the A-listers from each country and region under 18 years of age.
Nevertheless, Cairns feels good about his team’s chances. He’ll be sending us daily updates from New Zealand to keep everyone back on the American home front aware of how his battle is being waged. In episode one here, we get an inside look at the caliber of his team, and his overall game plan for winning.