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Introducing the Teen Talent Headed to El Salvador to Defend Team USA's Gold Medal

Updated: May 15, 2022

Twelve teen surf phenoms representing the East and West coasts will defend USA’s world title at the International Surfing Association (ISA) World Junior Surfing Championship in El Salvador May 27 – June 5.

“This is a talented team prepared to take on the world’s best,” said coach Ryan Simmons. “I am very proud of the work they put in to push their performances to the next level. Each surfer knows what an honor it is to surf for their country and give it their all to defend USA's world title.”

USA Surfing is grateful for all the donations to support the team’s travel, accommodations, and coaching in El Salvador. We are closer to meeting our fundraising goal, but still need your help.

Thank you for showing your support by making a donation, and/or sharing this fundraising link and USA Surfing social media posts to help spread the word and rally support.

“Coach Ryan Simmons, and all the surfers are dedicated to excellence and making our country and sport proud,” said USA Surfing CEO Brandon Lowery.

USA Surfing's Team proudly includes:

Girls U18

Zoe Benedetto, Palm City, Fla.

Lilie Kulber, Los Angeles, Calif.

Talia Swindal, Malibu, Calif.

Boys U18

Ryan Huckabee, Flagler Beach, Fla.

Lucas Owston, Oceanside, Calif.

Kyan Yang, Encinitas, Calif.

Girls U16

Bella Kenworthy, San Clemente, Calif.

Sara Freyre, Huntington Beach, Calif.

Vela Mattive, Santa Barbara, Calif.

Boys U16

Cannon Carr, San Clemente, Calif.

Kai Kushner, Manhattan Beach, Calif.

Jak Ziets, Santa Barbara, Calif.

Alternates are Keanna Miller, Santa Cruz, Calif. (Girls U18), Blayr Barton, Sandbridge, Va. (Boys 18), Kylie Pulcini, Melbourne, Fla. (Girls U16), and Benji Lange, St. Augustine, Fla. (Boys 16)

Check out USA Surfing's Instagram for expanded bios and videos of these rippers.


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