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Surf Canada heads south to face world’s top junior surfers

Surf Canada heads south to face world’s top junior surfers at VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championships
343 surfers from record-matching 44 nations to vie for Gold Medals in Huntington Beach, USA (with files from ISA)

Huntington Beach, Calif., USA – Surf Canada will join the world’s best 18 and under surfers in Huntington Beach, USA to stake their claims as World Champions at the VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, Oct 26 – Nov 3.

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Surf Canada Now Ranked Top 10 In The World

Thanks to an historic showing at the World Surfing Games in Japan, the Surf Canada team is now ranked 10th overall in the rankings.

At last month’s ISA World Surfing Games in Miyazaki, the Canadian men placed 5th and the women 12th overall in the world rankings. This brings Surf Canada to a 10th place overall ahead of next year’s Olympic Games.

CAN Team Opening Ceremony

Surf Canada 2019 ISA World Surfing Games

The men’s side of Surf Canada’s team consists of Peter Devries, Cody Young and Shane Campbell, while the women’s trio is made up of Mathea Olin, Bethany Zelasko and Paige Alms.

Canada and the rest of the participating nations kicked off the ISA World festivities with the Parade of Nations and the legendary Sands of the World Ceremony in Japan on Saturday afternoon.

Canada’s Shane Campbell, who has competed on the WSL Qualifying Series (Pro Circuit) for the past five years and has four finals and two wins to his credit. had this to say about his first Opening Ceremonies at the ISA World Surfing Games

“I didn’t know what to expect as this doesn’t happen on the Pro Tour, and being apart of this Olympic-like celebration amongst these exceptional athletes, all with the same dream to compete at Tokyo 2020, has got me even more fired up to take my surfing to that necessary level”.

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Tofino teen surfer makes history at Pan Am Games

"You're out there in mother ocean and anything can happen" Mathea Olin competed at the Canadian National Surf Championships in Tofino, B.C., on May 12. (Evan Mitsui/CBC) Canada isn't known as a top surfing country— but that could soon change. Tofino surfer Mathea Olin,16, made history recently in Peru. She...

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Teenager Mathea Olin wins Canada’s first-ever Pan Am surfing medal

PUNTA ROCAS, Peru — Surfer Mathea Olin floated on her longboard Sunday off the Punta Rocas beach, watching the ocean and waiting for the right moment to make her move.

The 10-foot waves that were consistent through the morning and early in her 30-minute heat at the Pan Am Games had gone quiet.

The timing couldn’t have been worse. With the clock ticking, Olin eventually found some late waves but couldn’t score enough points to catch Peruvian opponent Maria Fernanda Reyes.

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US, Canada make history at surfing Pan Am Games debut

LIMA, Peru — Surfers Kevin Schulz of the United States and Cody Young of Canada made history on Monday as the first competitors in the ocean during the sport’s debut in the Pan American Games.

Young earned 10.43 points to Schulz’s 7.50 at Punta Rocas beach, a reef break located about 38 miles (60 kilometers) south of the Peruvian capital of Lima. Surfing will also make its Olympic debut next year in Tokyo, and is one of the “wait and see” sports at the Pan Am Games. That means top man and woman surfers not yet qualified for the Olympics will earn a spot, although the top finishers from the Pan Ams won’t be confirmed until May 2020.

Bethany Zelasko

Canadian surfers Young, Zelasko carving an Olympic path at Pan Am Games

Tokyo 2020 will be the first Olympics to feature surfing on the programme

LIMA, Peru — One of the sports making its Olympic debut next year is creating waves so large they’re being felt in Peru — and two Canadian athletes are hoping to ride them all the way to Tokyo.

Surfers Cody Young and Bethany Zelasko are in Lima at the Pan Am Games, where the shortboard event they are competing in offers direct qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games.

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Six Set Q&A Shane Campbell

With Olympic hopes in the air, this year Rip Curl Nationals seen many new faces from far and wide gunning to represent the Canadian flag. This year’s freshest face from Sydney, Australia took down the field, taking second place in nationals and first place in the Olympic team selection. Adding to the elite line up of Cody Young, Peter Devries, Shane adds a tremendous amount of talent going into the qualifiers toward representing Canada on the Olympic stage. For many, including ourselves who have no clue who Shane is, we sent him a Six Set Q&A learn what he is all about.