On June 23rd, we had our annual Team Summit day hosting 24 of our 17 year old and under elite junior surf team from all over the nation for a day of fun. We started the day off bright and early at our partnered gym facility, Extreme Athletics (the official surf gym for Rip Curl USA). Paul Norris headed the workout as he led the team in various surf specific exercises to strengthen and prep them for getting in the water.
Following the workout at Extreme Athletics, we brought the team to the beach to put their surfing abilities and heat knowledge to the test. We put the team into groups of four and then sent them out to compete for an hour in the Surf Team Challenge. The white team consisting of Crosby Colapinto, Leah Thompson, Kyle Tester, and William Hedleston had solid, consistent surfing and earned themselves a yard long Twix bar each for taking the win! After the challenge, the whole team took over the lineup and ripped for an hour.
Post beach fun, we brought the team over to the Rip Curl USA headquarters for lunch, which was provided by Avila’s El Ranchito, as well as a tour of the office and some presentations. The team was introduced to Rip Curl's product team who led presentations in men's design, boardshorts, wetsuits, and watches. This also included a lesson on the science, history and development of the products produced by Rip Curl.
Directly following our product presentations, we had certified OC Dive instructor, Jeremy Caulkins, come in and talk to the team about the science of the body and breath holding process. The team learned how to maximize their breath hold when getting pounded and gain a better understanding of their bodies when in the ocean.
After the fun at the Rip Curl Headquarters, we took the team to their final activity. Bowling at Irvine Lanes! The team bowled some strikes for a couple hours and had good team bonding experience.
At the end of the day, the fun had to end and the team put their game faces back on to get ready for Nationals the next week. We had two awards to give out, a historic ASP signed jersey for the MVP of the day and a 6觎" Matt Wilkinson grom gun for the hardest charger of the day. The MVP went to Noah Kawaguchi who surfed well and was stoked all day. And the hardest charger award went to Owen Carter, who took off on a couple bomb sets and got the only barrel of the day!
Huge thanks goes out to Extreme Athletics, El Ranchito, OC Dive, and Irvine Lanes for providing fun, education and nourishment to our team. We are so proud of how each member of the team is surfing and representing Rip Curl, The Ultimate Surfing Company.
Rip Curl Team Summit 2017