New Head Coach for the USA Surf Team Announced

Surfing America, the National Governing Body (NGB) for Surfing in the United States, announced today that Ian Cairns has been appointed as Head Coach of the USA Surf Team.  Cairns appointment comes after the resignation of former Coach Joey Buran who held the position for the past two years.  Buran left the position in good standing to pursue a worldwide tour and ministry for his new documentary film Beyond the Dream: the Joey Buran Story. “Ian Cairns is a powerhouse coach and Surfing America is extremely fortunate to have someone of his caliber step into the role,” said Mike Gerard, Surfing America’s executive director.  “Not only does Ian bring a wealth of experience to the position, but he also has some incredible new ideas and concepts that will surely help lift the USA Team program to new heights.” In a surfing career of over 40 years, Ian Cairns twice represented Australia on their National Team and won 6 WCT level events, usually in the big waves of Hawaii.  Also, he was 2nd in the world in the first year of organized rankings in 1976. Changing gears, Ian moved onto event production and founded the Op Pro which led to founding the Association of Surfing Professionals in 1983. Following a sabbatical in Australia, he returned to the United States in 1991 and took over the reins of the PSAA leading to the launch of the US Open of Surfing and a resurgence of American surfing. For the past two years Ian Cairns has been focused primarily on coaching–and is working with many of the top American athletes on the Association...

Agenda Tradeshow Moves to July in Huntington Beach

Agenda, the trade show usually held in conjunction with ASR in San Diego has a new partnership, location and show dates. Agenda­—the boutique trade show that straddles the action-sports, fashion and streetwear markets—has announced it is pulling out of San Diego in favor of a July show in Huntington Beach, Calif., and a January show in Los Angeles. The Huntington Beach show will be held July 22–23 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in conjunction with the U.S. Open of Surfing, the world’s largest professional surfing competition. The Open, which will be in Huntington Beach July 18–26 and is owned by IMG Sports & Entertainment, is an important new partner for Agenda. “Huntington Beach is the epicenter of the action-sports industry,” said Agenda Founder Aaron Levant. “A lot of industry people, from buyers to athletes, are already here in July. Also, July is a more ideal time in our brands’ selling cycle than September.” Agenda’s new home will not change the trade show’s brand mix, Levant said. However, exhibitors and attendees will notice elevated amenities, from a more high-end venue to a new hard-wall booth system. Dates and a location for Agenda’s Los Angeles edition are to be...