By Andrea Swayne
Surfing America, the San Juan Capistrano-based national governing body for the sport of surfing, announced the under-18 surfers chosen to represent the United States as members of the PacSun USA Surf Team. Five local surfers made the cut.
Local surfers named to the team are Jake Davis of Capistrano Beach and, from San Clemente, Tia Blanco, Kevin Schulz Colt Ward and Griffin Colapinto.
The announcement was made Monday night during the annual team introduction and fundraising banquet at the Casa Romantica in San Clemente.
“With most of the team returning and the addition of talented new members, I am excited about our chances for gold at the ISA World Junior Surfing Championships next spring,” said Surfing America Executive Director Greg Cruse. “New junior team coaches, Ryan Simmons and Micah Byrne, are champing at the bit to start training. I know we have lots of great team-building and training activities planned, as well as scrimmages with other teams.”
Here is the full team lineup:
BOYS U18: Taylor Clark, Encinitas; Parker Coffin, Santa Barbara; Daniel Glenn, New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; Nic Hdez, Santa Cruz; Colin Moran, Costa Mesa; Cam Richards, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Kevin Schulz, San Clemente.
BOYS U16: Griffin Colapinto, San Clemente; Jake Davis, Capistrano Beach; Kanoa Igarashi, Huntington Beach; Jake Marshall, Encinitas; Thelen McKinna-Worrell, Malibu; John Mel, Newport Beach; Colt Ward, San Clemente.
GIRLS U18: Quincy Davis, Montauk, N.Y.; Kulia Doherty, Rancho Santa Fe; Nikki Viessins, Indialantic, Fla.
GIRLS U16: Tia Blanco, San Clemente; Meah Collins, Newport Beach; Frankie Harrer, Santa Barbara; Maddie Peterson, Wildwood, N.J.