San Juan Capistrano, Calif. – June 2, 2009 – Surfing America, the National Governing Body (NGB) for Surfing in the United States, announced today the resignation of Joey Buran as Head Coach of the PacSun USA Surf Team.
Buran’s resignation comes after two years in the position and a successful effort in keeping the USA Surf Team in medal winning results. After dedicating an incredible amount of time, energy, and passion to Surfing America and the USA Team program, Buran has decided to pursue a new and exciting personal opportunity-promoting the worldwide tour and ministry for his new documentary film Beyond the Dream: the Joey Buran Story.
“Working with Surfing America and coaching the PacSun USA Surf Team has truly been a blessing in my life,” said Buran. “And, while we did not win the Gold Medal as a team, I believe it was a successful effort and am very proud of all we accomplished.”
Under Buran’s leadership, the PacSun USA Surf Team earned three ISA team medals in as many competitions: copper at the 2008 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships, silver at the 2008 ISA World Surfing Games, and copper at the 2009 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships.
“Joey has been a tremendous coach and a great friend,” said Mike Gerard, Surfing America’s Executive Director. “While Surfing America deeply regrets the loss, we are extremely proud and honored to have had Joey Buran involved in the program-and completely understand his desire to pursue the huge opportunity ahead of him. Joey’s new movie is a very powerful testament that will no doubt make a big impression on viewers throughout the world. We wish Joey the very best in his exciting new venture!”
Surfing America is in the process of evaluating candidates for the position and plans to have a new coach in place prior to the SIMA Surfing America USA Championships presented by Verizon Wireless in late August.