By Casey Koteen, Transworld SURF
Yesterday, while overhead peaks rolled in at Huntington Beach pier with no one out, another significant surf event was happening nearby. At Duke's Restaurant, Surfing America held a sendoff lunch for the media and surf industry, but more importantly for the kids on the U.S. team heading to Hossegor, France the next day to go for the gold medal at the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships.
The team has been training since October, from Hawaii to the mainland, putting in impressive hours under new head coach Joey Buran. This year's WJSC's will mark Buran's first effort at taking the team into international competition, and as always, there are high expectations for the team to medal, and at least snag some individual golds.
But they'll be facing some heavy teams, especially Australia, which has won the team portion of the event three of the last four years. Still, the U.S. has a solid team, especially in the Under 16 Boys and the Under 18 girls divisions.
"I've been saying we have a really good team," said Buran. "But only because greatness will be defined by how we do in France. I will say, though, the team is great and that our alternates could be starters for other countries."
The Quiksilver ISA WJSC's kickoff May 24 through June 1 in Hossegor, France. Keep it tuned to transworldsurf.com and surfingamerica.org for coverage and updates. Go USA! Here’s some photos from Tuesday’s event:
Here's a list of the team traveling to France:
Under 18 Boys
1st Alternate: Quinn McCrystal
Under 16 Boys
1st Alternate: Nathan Carvalho
Under 18 Girls
1st Alternate: Kaleigh Gilchrist
Additional alternates include Chase Brady, Taylor Thorne, Sara Taylor, and