Surfing Preview
Team USA’s surf and standup paddleboard athletes headed to Lima, Peru, for the 2019 Pan American Games are no strangers to the podium, racking up dozens of medals and championship titles among the team of six.

 As surfing makes its debut at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, more eyes will be watching what promises to be spectacular performances by Team USA. Lima 2019 marks the first step for a landmark year for any surfer with aspirations of surfing in the Olympic Games. If Kevin Schulz wins the shortboard event, he will earn consideration to be on the U.S. Olympic Team should the U.S. men on the World Surf League Championship Tour not qualify. 

 Lima’s surfing conditions offer a prime stage for watching an exciting and athletically-demanding sport, and the U.S. athletes are excited to continue proving their skill. Look for women’s SUP surf and SUP race athlete Candice Appleby to defend her world champion title and add more gold medals to her collection. After getting team silver at worlds in 2018, SUP surf athlete Daniel Hughes is hungry for gold. In men’s SUP race, Connor Baxter is looking to break more records. In longboard, Tiare Thompson and Cole Robbins are frothing to ride Lima’s perfect lefts.