North County town named official training site

OCEANSIDE, Calif. — The new official training ground for USA Surfing will reside in Oceanside, the organization announced this week.

Oceanside officials announced Monday that the North County town has been recognized for its support of surfing disciplines, as well as its ongoing commitment to training the next generation of surfers, including most recently when training the USA Surfing junior team ahead of the International Surfing Association World Junior Surfing Championship in El Salvador.

“Oceanside has a vibe, multiple surf spots and an authentic community that surfers have loved for decades,” said USA Surfing CEO Brandon Lowery. “We are proud to partner with the City of Oceanside and Visit Oceanside to help more surfers and action sports athletes enjoy the exceptional facilities, hotels, restaurants and world-class retailers of Oceanside.”

The ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in El Salvador will begin on May 27, but preparations are already underway.

On Tuesday, USA Surfing Coach Ryan Simmons and his team of surfers collected sand from the beach at Oceanside Pier to bring to the ISA Sands of the World ceremony. Officials say 45 nations will bring sand from their own beaches to create a work of art in a glass container to commemorate the event.

Additionally, Oceanside will host the United States Surfing Championship in mid-June, welcoming athletes from the continental United States and Hawaii to compete for international placements in adult shortboard, longboard, SUP and para surfing.

City leaders say the designation and partnership with USA Surfing enables other future projects to come to Oceanside, including educational seminars, training summits and competitions.

“We are thrilled with this announcement in recognition of our longstanding partnership with USA Surfing,” said Leslee Gaul, CEO of Visit Oceanside. “Oceanside is home to some of the greatest surfers and home to many renowned surf brands, surf shops, board shapers and manufacturers, so it’s been a natural synergy. Our surf culture aligns with our action sports tourism The Oceanside Sports Commission is proud to support these athletes while training at home and while traveling to represent the United States.

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