USA Surfing’s Team Toyota Para Surf team wins the team Gold Medal at the 2021 ISA World Para Surfing Championship — the strongest showing for Team USA in the event’s history. 📸 ISA Surfing/Sean Evans

USA Surfing Para Surfers Win Team Gold in 2021 ISA World ParaSurfing Championship

A record nine medals is Team USA’s strongest showing in the event’s history

The 2018 USA Surfing ISA World Para Surfing Championship team Gold Medalists.

One of the main principles of the Paralympic movement is to grow a more inclusive world through sport, spotlighting athletes with physical challenges excelling and achieving their dreams of being the best in sport.

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Sarah Bettencourt is the 2020 ISA World Surfing Championship Gold Medalist has represented Team USA on the Toyota USA Surfing Para Surf national team for the past two years in the Women’s Para Surf Prone 1 division.

Sarah Bettencourt

At her first event, Sarah realized by adapting equipment and technique, she could accomplish anything!

One of the pioneers of both Para Surfing and WCMX, Christiaan “Otter” Bailey spent 11 years traveling the world on the WCT and WQS putting on expression sessions to promote the growth of adaptive (para) surfing

Christiaan “Otter” Bailey

One of the pioneers of both Para Surfing and WCMX, Christiaan spent 11 years traveling the world on the WCT and WQS putting on expression sessions to promote the growth of adaptive (para) surfing. In 2013, he was approached by the International Surfing Association to join the committee to create the ISA World Para Surfing Championship.

Dana Cummings has been recognized for his work with the disabled and with veterans several times. He has been named a CNN Hero, a California Veteran of the year, and Patriot of the Year.

Dana Cummings

Dana has been recognized for his work with the disabled and with veterans several times. He has been named a CNN Hero, a California Veteran of the year, and Patriot of the Year.

Jose Martinez started competing in 2018. After losing his first competition, he promised himself he was going to do his best to become the greatest adaptive surfer in his division. He qualified for Team USA to compete in the 2020 AmpSurf World Para Surfing Championship and is currently ranked third in his division.

Jose Martinez

“I fell in love from the moment I took off on my first wave,” Jose said.

“I can’t wait to show the world what I have been working on. I’m just grateful to be alive and be able to showcase my talent to the world!!!” Jose declared.

Breezy Bochenek completed two Ironman 70.3 events over the past year as she trains with her dad and siblings hoping to become the youngest amputee to complete a full Ironman 140.6.

Breezy Bochenek

Barbara Pacheco started surfing in 2017, when she was the first completely female blind surfer in the ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship.

Barbara Pacheco
Valley Mills, Texas

Alison McKelvie Eakin is the mother of three and feels a strong connection to Mother Earth in the water and on her homestead.

Alison McKelvie Eakin

Alison built the house where she home birthed her three children and lived a rustic life off grid on the homestead. There she milked cows, sold veggies at farmers markets and homeschooled her children.

Alison’s goal is to inspire other girls and women who are visually impaired or blind to continue to follow their dreams and learn new things. She has found ways of adapting to life with low vision that help support her navigate through vision loss.

Outside of surfing Katherine Beattie helped pioneer WCMX, being the first woman to compete in the sport, and also the first woman in the world to land a backflip on a wheelchair.

Katherine Beattie
Los Angeles, Calif.

Liv earned a Gold Medal in the 2020 AMPSurf ISA Para Surfing World Championships in La Jolla, Calf. Her long-term goal is representing her country in the Paralympics, hopefully in 2028, and continuing to pursue her passion for surfing and inspiring others to pursue their dreams.

Liv Stone

Liv surfed for the first time in Bethany Hamilton’s 2017 Beautifully Flawed Retreat in Del Mar, California. She loved catching waves with Bethany and when she left, she living in Pennsylvania, she wasn’t sure if she would ever surf again.

Quinn’s greatest hope is to encourage young girls to get out in the water and experience the joy of surfing, but also to let them know that they can be competitive in any sport, even if they have limitations.

Quinn Waitley

Quinn’s greatest hope is to encourage young girls to get out in the water and experience the joy of surfing, but also to let them know that they can be competitive in any sport, even if they have limitations.

“I am so fortunate to be able to surf and represent my country and I thank God for the body and abilities He has given, and for my family and friends who provide so much love and support to help me surf and enjoy my life,” Quinn said. “Since I was five years old it’s been my dream to go to the Paralympics, and many of my dreams to become a competitive and professional athlete have already come true. Now, I am hoping to make the Paralympics as an adaptive surfer, when they become a reality — we are so close!”

Carter’s first year competing was in 2018 and he has been a returning team member for USA Surfing ever since, helping Team USA win the ISA World Para Surfing Championship team Gold Medal in 2018 and Silver in 2020.

Carter Hess

Joshua’s unique way of movement makes those who watch him wonder if he really does use The Force. He has always been intrigued by anything which tested the full human, mind, body, and soul.

Joshua Loya

Joshua’s confident and intuitive approach to surfing continues to make an impression with all those who witness him in the water.

Ethan thrives in the ocean, calling it “the medicine that you can’t get from the doctor.”

Ethan Kairer

Ethan thrives in the ocean, calling it “the medicine that you can’t get from the doctor.”

Darian was motivated to have Para Surfing included the WSL’s Supergirl Pro event, having spent most of her career competing with so few women in the sport, often being the only woman competing in some of the contests.

Darian Bailey Haynes

At age 15, Darian was the very first Adaptive woman to win an ISA World Para Surfing Championship Medal in 2015. Darian has earned three individual medals and one team medal.

Darian was motivated to have Para Surfing included the WSL’s Supergirl Pro event, having spent most of her career competing with so few women in the sport, often being the only woman competing in some of the contests.

Through surfing and surf therapy, Mike has regained strength in his front hip flexors and some of his upper legs. The progress was so great, he has gone from competing in the Prone Assist classification to Unassisted, and now Kneeling.

Mike Pingatore

“Having to relearn to surf in a new style (without full function of your body) has been tricky, but that’s why it called “adaptive” surfing. We adapt to our situation and continue to do what we love, and for me that’s surfing,” Mike said.

Ty’s advice is to find something that makes you feel alive, like surfing does for him.

Ty Duckett

Realizing that paralysis affects one in 10 Americans, Jesse created the Life Rolls On Foundation that takes thousands of people living with disabilities into the ocean, often for the first time in their lives.

Jesse Billauer

Alana Nichols is the first U.S. female Paralympian to win gold medals at a Summer and Winter Paralympic Games.

Alana Nichols

“Once I became an athlete I came into my own and discovered my true self; that’s the power of sports — it can teach you, inspire you, and challenge you to do and be your best no matter who you are, no matter what your capability is,” Alana said.

Sean Brody
Team USA ParaSurf coach

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