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The USA team won the World Surfing Championships and a bonus Olympic spot

Huntington Beach, California– Last weekend, Team USA won the International Surfing Association (ISA) World Surfing Games event. The ISA’s World Surfing Games is the largest global competition, attracting more than 150 competitors from 51 countries to the Huntington Beach Pier. Team USA not only brought home the gold, but also won the coveted third spot at the 2024 Olympics. Along with the USA, Australia got silver, France got bronze and Portugal got the copper medal.

19-year-old Kirra Pinkerton won the women’s gold and secured an additional spot for the American women at the 2024 Olympics. Photo: USA Surfing

Nineteen-year-old Kirra Pinkerton won the women’s gold medal, earning the American women a bonus spot at the 2024 Paris Olympics. This is the first time that the ISA World Surfing Games has awarded an additional Olympic qualifying spot to the winning male and female countries.

“Kirra surfed with incredible aggression and power,” said USA Surfing head coach Ryan Simmons. “He didn’t hold anything back, went big and scored big – 7.33 and 6.30 to hold off Australia, France and Peru.”

“I’m so happy. Thank you so much to everyone,” women’s gold medalist Kirra Pinkerton said in an emotional warm-up interview. “I still can’t believe it. It’s crazy,” he said, referring to his country winning an extra Olympic berth.

“Winning both the team gold medal, the women’s individual gold medal and an additional 2024 Olympic berth for the American women in our hometown of Huntington Beach, Surf City USA made the victories even sweeter,” said Coach Simmons. “I am incredibly proud of this team and grateful to all of our fans, families and supporters.”

Team USA’s three-man-three-woman team of Kolohe Andino, Nat Young, Griffin Colapinto, Zoe McDougall, Gabriela Bryan and Kirra Pinkerton put on impressive performances throughout the 10-day event. It was the USA’s first team gold medal since 2009. Team USA’s Gabriela Bryan had the best scoring wave of the event – ​​9.0. Griffin Colapinto had one of the best scoring waves of the men’s event – ​​9.33.

“Securing a second Olympic spot for a Team USA woman to compete in the 2024 Olympics on the world’s biggest wave is a huge win for our country and our sport,” Lowery said. “American women are a powerful force – from Carissa Moore’s 2021 Olympic gold to Kirra’s 2022 World Surfing Games gold to all the emerging talent pushing performance to the next level.”

In the last Olympic qualifying season, American women Carissa Moore, Caroline Marks and Lakey Peterson were the top three women in the world, so it is especially meaningful to secure that third women’s place for 2024.

“Surfing is usually seen as an individual sport. Being able to surf as a team representing your country at the ISA World Surfing Games is a special experience,” said Coach Simmons. “I’m very proud of how this team came together to support each other. They showed up for each other and for our country in a big way. Each of them played a role in the USA’s strong performance.

About USA Surfing

USA Surfing is recognized by the International Surfing Association as the exclusive national surfing association of the United States dedicated to promoting the sport of surfing, empowering future generations of champions, and sharing the many benefits of surfing life in the United States.

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