USA Surf Team, Surfing America 2009 US Surf Team

16 Top Surfers Selected To Compete In Ecuador In March

San Juan Capistrano, Calif. – February 16, 2009 – Surfing America, the
national governing body for surfing in the USA, is excited to announce the
2009 PacSun USA Surf Team travel roster that will compete at the Quiksilver
ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in Ecuador from March 28-April 5.
After a grueling week of adverse conditions, PacSun USA Surf Team Head Coach
Joey Buran made tough but calculated decisions as he trimmed his 30-man
roster down to the 16 who will make up the travel squad and represent the
United States.

The week-long training camp, run in the rain, blustery wind and at times
hail, saw standout performances in the three divisions in which the PacSun
USA Surf Team will compete: Boys Under 16, Boys Under 18 and Girls Under 18.

The Under 18 Boys are led into battle by perhaps the hottest surfer on the
national team, Santa Cruz’s Nat Young. A rising star whose breakthrough 2008
has thus far carried over nicely into ’09, Young’s style should be well
suited to handle the left-hand point break at La FAE. Young is the United
States’ best chance at a gold medal in the Under 18 division. Rounding out
the rest of the 18s are Evan Thompson who was on the team two years ago and
brings some solid ISA experience, Fisher Heverly and Chase Wilson who fought
through a stomach virus and six back-to-back heats to claim the last spot.

“Our Under 18s look strong. We do have Nat Young and Chase Wilson returning
as veterans from last year’s team,” Buran said. “And we’ve filled in with
Fisher Heverly and Evan Thompson who’s had success in the WQS Juniors in
North America, is an elite surfer, made finals at NSSA Nationals.”

For the Under 18 Girls, their leader is clear — Courtney Conlogue. Last
year’s third place finisher at the ISA World Juniors, Conlogue is one of the
favorites to take top podium honors in Ecuador. “We have the veterans in
Courtney, who’s obviously a gold medal favorite and Kaleigh [Gilchrist],
who’s solid,” Buran said. “Lakey [Peterson]’s really young, Lani [Doherty]’s
young. They’ve both made some finals at the USA Champs and NSSA Nationals.

Headlining the travel roster are the Under 16 Boys.  A deep and immensely
talented group of budding superstars, Coach Buran made no attempt to hide
his expectations for this group during the week. Time after time Buran
referred to the Under 16s as the most talented group of 15-year-old surfers
you’ll find on the planet. It goes without saying, Buran expects gold from
these boys. “I would expect in Under 16 we’ll do damage,” Coach Buran said.
Out of Kolohe Andino, Conner Coffin, Evan Geiselman, and Ian Crane, Buran
thinks all of these kids have a legitimate shot at medaling.

And who does Buran expect to be the toughest competition? “Aside from
Hawaii, Australia and Brazil, I think the biggest sleeper is South Africa,”
Coach Buran said. “I think they had a really good team last year, and I
think what happened to us, happened to them – the wheels just kind of came
off on the last day. I think South Africa is going to be an under-the-radar,
dangerous team.”

Highlighting the week’s end was a visit by famed USC Football Head Coach
Pete Carroll. About two thirds of the way through the day’s heats, Coach
Buran, a huge fan of Coach Carroll’s, called the kids to the beach. Surfers
and their parents, media and industry heads circled around. After a short
introduction from Quiksilver CEO Bob McKnight, Coach Carroll began to speak
and it was clear he was as comfortable on a beach talking to young surfers
and he was on a practice field or locker room addressing Division I college
football players.

“You have to forget about Australia,” Carroll said about the reigning world
champs. “They’re not going to ride your waves or be on your board. They have
no factor in what you do. It is you that has to perform. If you start
worrying about other stuff that you can’t control, that’s when you take your
focus off giving your best.”

Before he left, Coach Carroll praised Buran for his hard work and the
intensity he has so visibly infused into the program. “You can feel Joey’s
passion for this sport and all of you — in the way he talks and the way he
acts,” Carroll said. “It was awesome hearing his whole strategy — being
aggressive and attacking, turning a 7 into an 8. That’s what the great ones
do, and all you guys are definitely aspiring to be great. I wish you all the
best as you go achieve your dreams.”

The PacSun USA Surf Team travels to the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing
Championships in Ecuador on March 28th though April 5th. Stay updated on the
team’s progress at or

The 2009 PacSun USA Surf Team travel roster:

Nat Young
Evan Thompson
Fisher Heverly
Chase Wilson
Alternate: Balaram Stack

Kolohe Andino
Conner Coffin
Evan Geiselman
Ian Crane
Alternate: Jacob Halstead and Colin Moran

Courtney Conlogue
Lakey Peterson
Kaleigh Gilchrist
Lani Doherty
Alternate: Taylor Pitz

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