USA Surfing has designated Oceanside, California, as an official training ground for all surfing disciplines from shortboard, longboard, Stand Up Paddle,and Para Surfing.
The designation comes on the heels of USA Surfing’s junior team training in Oceanside ahead of the team’s attempt to defend a gold medal at the International Surfing Association World Junior Surfing Championship in El Salvador. Oceanside hosted the 2015 ISA World Juniors, when the U.S. won its first team gold. Oceanside is also the host for USA Surfing Championship competition for adult shortboard, longboard, SUP and Para Surfing starting June 14.
“Oceanside has a vibe, multiple great surf breaks and an authentic community that surfers have loved for decades,” said USA Surfing Chief Executive Officer Brandon Lowery. “We are proud to partner with the City of Oceanside and Visit Oceanside to help more surfers and action sports athletes take advantage of Oceanside’s exceptional facilities, world-class hotels, restaurants and retailers.”
USA Surfing’s partnership with Visit Oceanside and the Oceanside Sports Commission will include event and competition planning, educational seminars and high-performance training summits.
“We are thrilled with this announcement to recognize our long-standing partnership with USA Surfing,” said Leslee Gaul, chief executive officer of Visit Oceanside. “Oceanside is the birthplace of some of the greatest surfers and home to many renowned surf brands, surf shops, board shapers and manufacturers so this has been a natural synergy. Our surf culture aligns with our action sports tourism. Oceanside Sports Commission is proud to support these athletes during their home training and while they travel representing the USA.”