USA Surf Team Travel Squad Announced For 2014 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship In Ecuador

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Surfing America, the National Governing Body for the sport of surfing in the USA, is pleased to announce the final travel squad for the USA Junior Surf Team to compete at the VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in Salinas Ecuador, April 3 – 14, 2014.


Jake Davis

The travel squad of 12 was selected from the team of 21 named after the Surfing America USA Championships at Lower Trestles last June.  The team consists of 4 Boys Under 18, 4 Boys Under 16, 2 Girls Under 18 and 2 Girls Under 16.  It was a difficult decision by coaches Ryan Simmons and Micah Byrne who held several training sessions since June, including intensive camps at Steamer Lane Santa Cruz in January and San Clemente in February.  They took into consideration the individual surfers performance in camps, and their results in ASP Pro Junior, Surfing America Prime, NSSA Open competitions and their previous experience at ISA World Junior Championships.

“The travel squad is finalized after an intense 3-day training camp. We surfed Lowers, T-Street and Huntington Beach in preparation for our journey to Ecuador. We built team camaraderie and work ethic, did mental training, and finalized spots with surf-offs. The USA Junior Surf Team is on a mission to win the Gold Medal,” said head coach Ryan Simmons.  Assistant Coach Micah Byrne feels that “On paper, our team is the strongest that I can remember, with no weak spots. Their positive energy and camaraderie is like nothing I’ve ever seen before and amazing to be around. If we all perform to the best of our ability we will be unstoppable.”


Kanoa Igarashi

“For several of our team members, this will be their third trip to ISA World Junior Surfing Championships.  3rd-timers include – Kanoa Igarashi, Jake Davis, Jake Marshall, Griffin Colapinto and Frankie Harrer.  Tia Blanco is making her second appearance.  The team has seen the magic of teamwork from last year in Nicaragua, keeping everyone motivated and pumped up until the very end of these grueling marathon events.  USA placed 5th in 2011, 4th in 2012 and 3rd in 2013.  We are hoping to contend for the Gold Medal this year with this experienced, talented, cohesive squad,” said Surfing America executive director, Greg Cruse.


Griffin Colapinto

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USA Jr. Surf Team Travel Squad
Name – Age – Hometown – Major Sponsor
Boys U18
Jake Davis – Team Captain – 16 – Capistrano Beach, CA – O’Neill
Kanoa Igarashi – 16 – Huntington Beach, CA – Quiksilver, RedBull
Nic Hdez – 17 – Santa Cruz, CA – Quiksilver
Daniel Glenn – 17 – New Smyrna Beach, FL – Reef


Nic Hdez

Boys U16
Jake Marshall – 15 – Encinitas, CA – Hurley
Griffin Colapinto – 15 – San Clemente, CA – Billabong
Nolan Rapoza – 16 – Long Beach, CA – Fox
Luke Gordon – 14 – Pawley’s Island, SC – Rip Curl

Girls U18
Tia Blanco – 16 – San Clemente, CA – Reef
Frankie Harrer – 16 – Malibu, CA – Billabong

Girls U16
Maddie Peterson – 15 – Wildwood Crest, NJ – Under Armour
Malia Osterkamp – 15 – San Clemente, CA –


Nolan Rapoza

Ryan Simmons – Costa Mesa, CA
Micah Byrne – Huntington Beach, CA
Kevyn Dean – Medical Director – Huntington Beach, CA
Justin Jung – Videographer – San Clemente, CA
Greg Cruse – Team Manager – Surfing America Executive Director – San Clemente, CA

Press Contact:
Greg Cruse – Director
Surfing America, Inc.
555 N. El Camino Real, Suite A126
San Clemente, CA 92672

About Surfing America, Inc.
Surfing America is the ISA-recognized National Governing Body for Surfing in the United States. The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World Governing Authority for Surfing, Bodyboarding, and Surfriding.


Maddie Peterson

USA Team 2013 30 second Video –
Photos – credit Surfing America and ISA13

Luke Gordon


Frankie Harrer


Malia Osterkamp


Daniel Glenn