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"USA, USA, USA!" Photo: Watts/Surfing America

"USA, USA, USA!" Photo: Watts/Surfing America

PacSun USA Surf Team Wins Gold At Billabong ISA World Surfing Games

It’s hard to believe, but it was thirteen years since a U.S. surf team has won the ISA World Surfing Games. After dominating the World Games in 1996 to win the gold, unfortunately what followed was a bumpy road for the U.S., with some legendary embarrassments including a 19th place in the 2004 event, where they finished behind Switzerland. However, after Surfing America took over as the National Governing Body in 2004, things rebounded, though the overall gold eluded them until 2009, when a solid U.S. team including Cory Lopez, Nat Young, Courtney Conlogue, and Ben Bourgeois quenched the dry spell. Coached by Ian “Kanga” Cairns, the U.S. team put on a dominate performance in Costa Rica, with five of their eight members reaching the finals, and Conlogue winning gold in the women’s division. Here’s to the dawning of a new era for Team USA surfing and future gold medals.—Ryan Brower

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