Joey Buran resigns as USA Surf Team coach

Surfing America, the National Governing Body (NGB) for Surfing in the United States, announced today the resignation of Joey Buran as Head Coach of the PacSun USA Surf Team.

Buran's resignation comes after two years in the position and a successful effort in keeping the USA Surf Team in medal winning results. After dedicating an incredible amount of time, energy, and passion to Surfing America and the USA Team program, Buran has decided to pursue a new and exciting personal opportunity—promoting the worldwide tour and ministry for his new documentary film Beyond the Dream: the Joey Buran Story.

“Working with Surfing America and coaching the PacSun USA Surf Team has truly been a blessing in my life,” said Buran. “And, while we did not win the Gold Medal as a team, I believe it was a successful effort and am very proud of all we accomplished.”

Under Buran’s leadership, the PacSun USA Surf Team earned three ISA team medals in as many competitions: copper at the 2008 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships, silver at the 2008 ISA World Surfing Games, and copper at the 2009 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships.

"Joey has been a tremendous coach and a great friend,” said Mike Gerard, Surfing America's Executive Director. "While Surfing America deeply regrets the loss, we are extremely proud and honored to have had Joey Buran involved in the program—and completely understand his desire to pursue the huge opportunity ahead of him. Joey’s new movie is a very powerful testament that will no doubt make a big impression on viewers throughout the world. We wish Joey the very best in his exciting new venture!"

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One of the Palm Beach boys, acclaimed big wave charger Ryan Hipwood

Palm Beach Boardriders will be hosting a 40th re-union night at Elevations restaurant on Tallebudgera Creek Saturday night the 6th of June. Doors open at 5.30pm. Come dressed up in your best flairs and turtleneck shirts with prizes for the best dressed, 60s’ & 70s’ theme.

Tickets are available at the door and include drinks and finger food and a night of entertainment with “GAS band” and well known comedian Steve Allison being the MC for the night. Steve will be supported by Lindsay Webb who is currently one of the funniest guys on the comedy club circuit.

The un-veiling of the 40 years “honour board” will be the “show stopper” of the night. The honour board is a celebration of the efforts of past club committee members and club champions. Palm Beach Boardriders was formed in the mid 1960s, but did not have a true identity until affiliating with the Australian Surfing Association of Queensland ASAQ in 1969.

The Palmy lads were well known as being the club to beat in the early years of Queensland club surfing in the 70’s. The club had regular friendly “stoushes” with many clubs from that era, Kirra, Windansea and Manly Pacific. The regular trips away were seen as the guiding force in developing the team spirit that most rival clubs have since found difficult to overcome.

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ISA presents the World Stand Up Paddle Surfing Championship

The International Surfing Association (ISA), World Governing Authority for Surfing and all its disciplines, recognized by the International Olympic Committee, is proud to announce the creation of the first ISA World Stand Up Paddle Surfing Championship in history.

Stand Up Paddle Surfing (SUP) is one of the surfing disciplines that has grown in recent years. Known in Hawaiian as Ku Hoe He'e Nalu, it is considered by many as a “new” way of surfing, but its history actually started long before in Hawaii where the Waikiki Beach Boys used to surf with outrigger paddles. They also used SUP to take pictures of the tourists that were learning to surf.

By early 2000, Hawaiian surfers, including Dave Kalama, Brian Keualana, Rick Thomas, Archie Kalepa and Laird Hamilton, brought the discipline back to life. In less than ten years the popularity of SUP has reached the waves of every corner of the world.

The ISA is aware of the growth of the sport and would like to honor all SUP Surfers their respective medals, crowning for the first time in history a Stand Up Paddle Surfing World Champion.

ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, one of the masterminds of this initiative commented about the creation of this World Championship: “Stand Up Paddle Surfing (SUP) has had an explosive growth in the last 2 years. It’s a great complement for regular surfing, especially for those days with small waves. It can be practiced in almost any body of water. We are honored to be launching the inaugural ISA Stand Up Paddle Surfing World Championship.”

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