Best news! Team USA Olympic surfer and world №1 John John Florence reports: “I woke up to the report from the surgeon that everything went as well as possible, and the procedure I had will give me the opportunity to surf at full strength sooner than I had hoped. Feeling motivated to really know that the Olympics are attainable. I’m excited for this and I’m gonna do everything I can to make it happen!”

*Thank you to DonJoy Performance for supporting this coverage of the science behind surfing’s progression in the lead up to surfing’s Olympic debut. DonJoy provides elite injury protection and prevention for surf athletes.

Team USA Olympic surfer John John Florence is on the road to recovery after a knee injury sustained during the World Surf League’s Australian leg. In an Instagram post, he reports that a surgical procedure will give him the opportunity to compete sooner than expected. The World No. 1 says he is motivated to do everything he can to make his Olympic surfing debut a success.

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February 1999, Sarah Gerhardt became the first woman to surf Mavericks. It was a landmark for womens big-wave riding, and surfing in general. A new chldrens book chronicles Sarah’s journey to becoming a big wave surfer. P/C: VisitCalifornia

On a cold, bright February day in 1999, Sarah Gerhardt became the first woman to surf Mavericks, the legendary big-wave surf break in Half Moon Bay, California. Writer and surfer Bonnie Tsui chronicled the legendary day Sarah met her first big wave in a new children’s book out today — Sarah and the Big Wave.

The praise from reviewers continues to roll in. The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books said:


USA Surfing joined forces with ocean conservation artist Wyland to commemorate surfing’s Olympic debut in Tokyo, Japan. Wyland painted two T.Patterson surfboards using a Japanese sumi-style featuring marine life. The surfboards will be auctioned off to raise awareness about clean oceans and support for USA Surfing — the National Governing Body for Olympic surfing.

Surfers have a unique connection to the ocean and its marine life. Sharing waves with dolphin and looking down on beautiful coral teeming with life is part of what keeps surfers coming back to the ocean for more. It’s what makes surfers some of the world’s strongest ambassadors for clean, healthy oceans and marine life.

That’s why USA Surfing joined forces with ocean conservation artist Wyland to surfing’s Olympic debut in Tokyo, Japan. Wyland painted two T.Patterson surfboards commemorating surfing’s first Olympic Games, using a new twist on an ancient Japanese method of creating marine life prints. The surfboards are…


Team USA Olympic surfer Kolohe Andino at an Expression Session celebrating surfing’s Olympic debut. (Photo: Kurt Steinmetz)

Surfing will make its debut at the rescheduled Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, introducing an exceptionally beautiful and athletically demanding sport to new audiences.

Having the sport of surfing included in the Olympics is an extraordinary opportunity for surfing and the world of sport. With the Games rescheduled for July of 2021, it is a great time to get up to speed on the sport of surfing and maybe even give it a try.

Here’s what you need to know:

USA Surfing CEO Greg Cruse said the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020ne will be a “game-changing moment” for the sport’s athletes “to…


Welcome to the first week of 2021 — surfing’s first Olympic year!

USA Surfing board chair Doug Beal shared his resolutions for 2021, built on the lessons of 2020 and decades of experience in sports and the Olympic movement.


USA Surfing brought the top 15 paralympic surfing athletes in the country to the International Surfing Association (ISA) AmpSurf World Para Surfing championship March 11–15 in La Jolla, California. More than half the Toyota USA Para Surfing team were veterans for the first time. 📸 ISA Surfing

BY JUDE MERKEL

COVID-19 has altered the course of almost everything this past year, and USA Surfing and its events were no exception. Two things that haven’t changed are the therapeutic benefits of surfing and honoring our nation’s veterans. These two went hand in hand when the International Surfing Association (ISA) hosted the AmpSurf World Para Surfing Championship this past March.

USA Surfing brought the top 15 Paralympic surfing athletes in the country to the competition March 11–15 in La Jolla, California. For the first time, more than half of the Toyota USA Para Surfing team were veterans. …


August 24 marks Olympic legend and father of American surfing Duke Kahanamoku’s 130th Birthday. USA Surfing is pleased to partner with Duke’s Ocean Fest in presenting “Duke’s Day” — a day set aside to celebrate Duke’s Olympic legacy and spirit of Aloha.


Team USA coach Brett Simpson and 11x world champion Kelly Slater survey conditions at the ISA World Surfing Games in Miyazaki, Japan. P/C: Sean Evans

Team USA’s Olympic surf Coach Brett Simpson was unanimously selected by America’s four Olympic surfers — Carissa Moore, Caroline Marks, John John Florence and Kolohe Andino.

Simpson is a two-time U.S. Open of Surfing champion and coached USA Surfing’s junior national team to team gold and the World Surfing Games team to silver last year. He said he is proud and honored to have earned the team’s trust and to represent his country as the Olympic team head coach.

“Team USA is absolutely stacked with Carissa, Caroline, John and Kolohe,” Simpson said. …


Tory Gilkerson is one of five women USA Surfing judges. She was the head judge of the Australia National Titles and was selected as a judge for surfing’s first Olympic Games in Japan

“A reflection of the ISA’s commitment to promote and develop more women judges in Surfing”

USA Surfing is stoked to see Tory Gilkerson selected as a judge for surfing’s first Olympic Games!

The International Surfing Association (ISA) announced the panel of judges for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, postponed until 2021. The panel includes a Technical Director, Contest Director, and 11 judges — two head judges, seven judges, and two priority judges. The selection includes officials from seven countries across four continents. Three are from the U.S.: Gilkerson, technical director Erik Krammer, and Richard Pierce, one of two head judges.

The announcement calls Gilkerson’s selection, “a reflection of the ISA’s commitment to promote and develop…


World №3 and Olympic alternate Lakey Peterson with her mom Sue Hinderaker Peterson, sister Whitney, brother Parker and nieces. When the U.S. boycotted the Russian Olympics, Lakey Peterson’s mom held the world record in the 50 freestyle, putting her in a prime position to make the Olympic team.

“In retrospect, missing out on the Olympics was probably why Lakey became a surfer and now an alternate on surfing’s first Olympic team!”

July 19, 1980 would have been the opening ceremonies for the boycotted Olympic Games in Moscow. It was a crushing blow to athletes and sport, but … could be what catapulted Team USA Olympic surf team alternate, Team Toyota athlete and world №3 Lakey Peterson into surfing and a love for the ocean.

When the U.S. boycotted the Russian Olympics, Lakey’s mom Sue Hinderaker Peterson was an All-American at the University of Southern California and held the 50-yard freestyle American record from 1978 to 1980, putting her in a prime position to make the Olympic team.

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