USA Surfing will train for Tokyo 2020 at the BSR Surf Resort

June 27, 2018 | Surfing
Seth Moniz: he will train at the BSR Surf Resort with USA Surfing | Photo: Henson/USA Surfing

The BSR Surf Resort will be the official wave pool for training the US Olympic surf team.

The decision was announced by USA Surfing, the national governing body for the sport of surfing in the United States of America.

The announcement also extends to the junior team that will compete at the 2018 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, in Huntington Beach, from October 27 to November 4.

"The technology allows repeat, made-to-order waves that are perfect for training. It produces three waves per minute at 12-second intervals and different wave configuration at the push of a button," explains Greg Cruse, CEO of USA Surfing.

"This wave offers perfect air sections, and the opportunity for USA Surf Team to train in an environment that closely mimics ocean conditions."

Interestingly, the decision by USA Surfing comes a few days after Surfing Australia concluded the first training camp at the Surf Ranch, a technology developed by a potential US Olympic surfer.

The BSR Surf Resort representatives are obviously ecstatic with the partnership and are ready to do whatever they can to help the US Olympic surf team to win medals in Tokyo 2020.

"Our wave is super fun and infinitely adjustable. We can simulate the conditions of multiple waves around the world. It's a long-term partnership that will help our athletes compete at the highest levels," adds Tony Finn, director at the BSR Surf Resort.

The BSR Surf Resort is an artificial wave pool built inside Barefoot Ski Ranch, a 500-acre entertainment facility located in Waco, Texas. The man-made wave system - named PerfectSwell - was developed by American Wave Machines.

Still, a few questions remain unanswered, especially when Kelly Slater has repeatedly shown interest in representing his country in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Will we see Slater training at his rival's wave pool? Why wasn't Surf Ranch chosen to be the official wave pool for training the US Olympic surf team in first place?