Olympic skier goes surfing in Sochi

February 22, 2014 | Surfing
Julia Mancuso and Sal Masekela: Black Sea pumps | Photo: @SalMasekela

Olympic skier Julia Mancuso went surfing in Sochi, Russia, after winning bronze medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

Who said Russia didn't have quality ocean slopes? Julia Mancuso finished her snowy competitions in Sochi and decided to ride the waves of the Black Sea. It might be cold, but it is definitely worth it.

"There are real waves in Sochi. It feels so good on your body. Getting into underwater training has helped a lot with mental training. You have to know your limits and then believe you can push yourself to that limit," Mancuso told CBS News.

Fernando Aguerre, president of the International Surfing Association (ISA) also spent time in Sochi for the first week of the Olympic Winter Games. He never misses an opportunity to lobby for Olympic surfing.

"Julia's surfing experience is a further validation of the mainstream value of action sports within the Olympic context. We are passionate about the Olympic Movement and committed to making a real and lasting contribution in the future," underlined Aguerre.

The US skier finished third in the Women's Super Combined Slalom. Discover the hidden surfing opportunities behind Sochi's winter sports tradition.

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