OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE – San Juan Capistrano, Calif. – April 7, 2008 – Surfing America, the national governing body for surfing in the USA, is excited to announce the 12 competing junior athletes and alternates named to the USA Surf Team travel squad following a week-long national training camp in Huntington Beach.
“The USA Surf Team program is the best its ever been,” said Mike Gerard, Surfing America executive director and ISA vice president. “This year’s Team has amassed an incredible amount of intense, high quality training under Head Coach Joey Buran. And they’re more than a Team. They are a tightly knit, extremely focused, assemblance of the finest young surfing athletes in the United States today. Surfing America is truly putting its best foot forward and we anticipate some solid results in France.”
Six months of training and evaluation under the instruction of Coach Buran culminated to a final show down for the spots on the competition roster. Buran began with a training squad of 34 of the nation’s best junior surfers following the 2007 SIMA Surfing America USA Championships and precisely selected his athletes over the course of four training camps.
“I believe that this is an excellent team to represent the United States in international competition,” said Buran. “All of these team members are outstanding surfers, but more importantly have proven themselves to be hard workers and team players. Not only do they rip, they carry themselves with character, class, and dignity in representing our great country. I’m proud of every one of them and I look forward to leading them in the ISA World Junior Games.”
Upon completion of last week’s final selection process, Coach Buran named Malibu’s Dillon Perillo as the team captain and South Bay’s Dane Zaun as co-captain.
The following athletes, listed by division, and in order of seed, will travel to France to compete in the 2008 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in Hossegor, France from May 24 – June 1.
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 Keenan Lineback.
Buran will immediately begin honing the skills and improving the heat strategies of the competition team in preparation to take on upwards of 30 countries at the ISA World Juniors. Be sure to keep up with the team’s progress at www.surfingamerica.org.