14 U.S. Youth Athletes Head to 2019 International Surf Rescue Challenge

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August 23rd, 2019 Industry, News

Courtesy: United States Livesaving Association

United States Surf Lifesaving Youth Team Staff select 14 rising surf lifesaving sport stars to compete in the 2019 International Surf Rescue challenge (ISRC) in South Africa.

The United States Lifesaving Association youth team staff used the 2019 USLA Junior Guard National Championship held in Virginia Beach, Virginia, in early August to select the US Youth National Team for the 2019 ISRC to be held on North Beach, Durban, South Africa, Team Manager, Gus Avila, Head Coach Casey Graham and Assistant Coach Alan Holt are excited to take another youth national ream to challenge teams from Australia, Japan and South Africa. Joining the staff in South Africa will be April Denny and Joji Abasolo to help guide the competitors.

The event lineup includes surf swims, board races, surf ski races, beach sprints and combinations of the aforementioned disciplines in Ocean-man and Ocean-woman individual and relay championships. In addition the Rescue Tube Rescue, Beach Flags, Board Relay and Surf Ski Relays will be conducted on each of the three days of competition. Teams will select six male and six female athletes for each day of competition.

Team members must be under l9 years of age to compete on the youth national team. They will compete alongside a seasoned group of lifesavers that make up the US National Surf Lifesaving Team in Durban. Besides being elite athletes in their own right, the athletes will be tabbed as ambassadors of this nation’s surf lifesaving community to help promote beach safety and the importance of surf lifesavers and youth programs around the world.

Congratulations to the Youth National Team Members:

Raylene Allen Capitola, CA
Sydney Brouwer Los Angeles County (CA)
Katelyn Nimsky Los Angeles County (CA)
Maiken Pardon Los Angeles County(CA)
Sophia Swanson Hampton, NY
Bella Tarbot Hampton, NY
Isabella Taylor South Jersey, NJ

Zane Booth Santa Barbara, CA
Benjamin Elbeze Hollywood, FL
Danny Gonzalez Los Angeles County (CA)
Jake Graessle Capitola, CA
Gavin Loughlin South Jersey, NJ
Parris Mosteller Los Angeles County (CA)
Joey Tepper South Jersey., NJ

About the United States Lifesaving Association

The United States Lifesaving Association is America’s nonprofit professional association of beach lifeguards and open water rescuers. The USLA works to reduce the incidence of death and injury in the aquatic environment through public education, national lifeguard standards, training programs promotion of high levels of lifeguard readiness, and other means.

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