It has been announced today that Mike Gerard has resigned from his position as Executive Director of Surfing America of eight years to pursue new career opportunities. Gerard, was Surfing America’s first and only Executive Director.
“The experience with Surfing America has been nothing short of amazing and I’m very excited about the new opportunities ahead,” explains Mike Gerard. “I’d like to thank everyone I’ve had the pleasure to work with these past eight years including the Surfing America executive commite and Board of Directors, the SIMA Board of Directors, the member organizations, PacSun, and all of the other sponsors and supporters of Surfing America – and the industry as a whole. In particular, I’d like to send a special thank you to the athletes and families that make up the fabric of this amazing organizations. It has been truly been an honor to be part of developing the sport of surfing.”
“On behalf of the Executive committe and the entire board we’d like to thank Mike for his years of service and acknowledge his significant contributions to Surfing America and the sport of surfing.” says Surfing America’s President, Jeff Booth. “This position is one of the toughest in the industry and Mike took the challenge head on every day. We wish him much success with his new endeavor.”
Since Gerard has resigned, Greg Cruse will take over as Administrative Director to run the every day operations of Surfing America.
“We are excited to have Greg Cruse step into his new role,” Booth states. “Greg has sand between his toes and many hours at the beach running events most notably the Prime series. He understands the inner workings of Surfing America and what’s required to move this organization into the future.”
“I’m excited to have the opportunity to improve and grow Surfing America’s two key properites, the PacSun USA Surf Team and the Surfing America USA Championship at Lower Trestles,” explains Greg Cruse. “I’m also looking forward to building mutually beneficial relationships with the member organizations, the brands and the media while attracting the best surfing talent this country has to offer. I look forward to seeing everyone at the beach and hearing what needs to be done to make Surfing America even better!”