Waco Wave Pool Named Training Site for U.S. Olympic Team
USA Surfing announced that BSR Surf Resort’s Waco, Texas wave pool will be the official wave pool for training the 2018 World Junior Championship Surf Team and the team selected to compete at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, when surfing makes its Olympic debut.
USA Surfing CEO Greg Cruse said the wave pool is part of a comprehensive plan for optimal training that prepares athletes to take on the world’s best in beach break conditions. All three upcoming international competitions feature beach break conditions: the September 2018 ISA World Surfing Games in Tahara Japan, the October 2018 ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in Huntington Beach, and the Olympic Games 2020 at Tsurigasaki Beach in Chiba Japan.
“The technology allows repeat, made-to-order waves that are perfect for training,” Cruse said. “With the capacity to produce three waves per minute at 12-second intervals and different wave configuration at the push of a button from right point to left point to right point with a perfect air section, this wave offers USA Surf Teams the opportunity to train in an environment that closely mimics ocean conditions.”
Stuart Parsons, owner of BSR Surf Resort, was stoked about the partnership. “We are extremely happy to support USA Surfing – the National Governing Body for Olympic surfing. We will do whatever we can to help our fabulous athletes win in Tokyo 2020 and beyond!” declared Parsons.
Tony Finn, Director of Business Development for BSR Surf Resort added his Texas-sized enthusiasm. “Our wave is super fun and infinitely adjustable. We can simulate the conditions of multiple waves around the world. We are super stoked to be an official training site for USA Surfing!” said Finn. “Our long-term partnership with USA Surfing will help our athletes compete at the highest levels in the super competitive international scene. And, they will have tons of fun every day they are at BSR!”
USA Surfing head coach Joey Buran said his junior national team is beyond stoked to be training in Waco, where U.S. Olympic surfing hopefuls will be training. The junior team will be defending its world title at the 2018 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship held in Huntington Beach Oct. 27 – Nov. 4. Many of these athletes are strong prospects for U.S. Olympic Teams in 2024, 2028 and beyond.
“BSR Surf Resort’s wave pool is ideal for honing maneuvers and aerial skills,” Buran said. “We are Team USA and our goal for this year’s 2018 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship Team is to have our best and be at our best when we compete against the world’s best in Huntington Beach in October and when surfing makes its 2020 debut in Tokyo.”
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USA Surfing is the National Governing Body for surfing in the United States, recognized by the International Surfing Association (ISA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). USA Surfing’s mission is to promote and grow the sport of surfing and support United States athletes of all backgrounds to achieve sustained competitive excellence in Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American and Parapan American competition. USA Surfing will oversee and support America’s Olympic team as surfing makes its debut in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and surfing and stand-up paddleboarding athletes compete in the 2019 Pan American Games.