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...

BURAN RESIGNS AS HEAD COACH OF USA SURF TEAM

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...

Congratulations to the USA Surf Team Copper Medal

Congratulations to the USA Surf Team for their 4th place finish at the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships with a special congratulations to Courtney Conlogue who placed second individually. Five of the US surf team members finished in the Top 10 in their respective divisions. Go...

NSSA REJOINS SURFING AMERICA

NSSA REJOINS SURFING AMERICA AS MEMBER ORGANIZATION San Juan Capistrano, Calif. – November 25, 2008 – Surfing America, the National Governing Body for Surfing in the United States, and the National Scholastic Surfing Association (“NSSA”) announced today that NSSA has rejoined Surfing America as a Member Organization. “This is a tremendous and historic day for Surfing America and the sport of surfing,” said Mike Gerard, Surfing America’s executive director. “NSSA is an extremely important piece to the American surfing landscape. And, as Surfing America operates under a philosophy of inclusion, to have such a large and prestigious organization outside of the system was troubling.” NSSA executive director, Janice Aragon, mirrored the sentiment. “I believe we are making a very positive statement to the sport,” she stated. “The NSSA is committed to promoting Surfing America and its mission in a highly visible way—and we’re more determined than ever to help and encourage the USA Surf Team to achieve gold!” NSSA has agreed to join forces with other Surfing America Member Organizations to promote open communications, unify the national structure, and to help achieve greater international results for American athletes. As a result, all members of NSSA will also become members of Surfing America and will be entitled free basic member benefits. “The NSSA truly believes a united approach with Surfing America will benefit everyone involved,” added Aragon. “And we look forward to feeding our best athletes into the Surfing America system. We’re all here for the same reason–and that’s to serve the sport we love and to contribute to the lifelong success of its aspiring athletes.” Other Member Organizations include...