Texas Forever: America’s Olympic Home Is Officially Waco
A tale of two surf ranches!
With all the Nationalist flag-waving going down at the Founder’s Cup this year, and with Olympic officials previously paying respectful visits to Lemoore, today’s announcement from USA Surfing must have knocked some steam out of the KS Wave Co. engine.
According to the press release, “the BSR Surf Resort’s Waco, Texas wave pool will be the official wave pool for training the 2018 World Junior Championship Surf Team and the team selected to compete at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, when surfing makes its Olympic debut.”
With the pool’s unveiling coinciding so very conveniently with Final’s Day in Lemoore earlier this spring, many posited that its existence would swiftly turn the Olympic committee’s attention towards what many felt to be the more entertaining pool.
Though surfing’s 2020 Olympic debut will still happen in Chiba, Japan’s notoriously gutless beach breaks, according the USA Surfing CEO Greg Cruse, “the wave pool is part of a comprehensive plan for optimal training that prepares athletes to take on the world’s best in beach break conditions. All three upcoming international competitions feature beach break conditions: the September 2018 ISA World Surfing Games in Tahara Japan, the October 2018 ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in Huntington Beach, and the Olympic Games 2020 at Tsurigasaki Beach in Chiba Japan.
“The technology allows repeat, made-to-order waves that are perfect for training. With the capacity to produce three waves per minute at 12-second intervals and different wave configuration at the push of a button from right point to left point to right point with a perfect air section, this wave offers USA Surf Teams the opportunity to train in an environment that closely mimics ocean conditions.”
Having witnessed first-hand the rapid progression surfers see with a wave pool’s consistent playing field as it were, their access to the pool and subsequent performance will serve as an indicator certainly, if surfing will see a progressive spike like skateboarding saw in the early-’00s.
Well, this won’t be distracting.
s favorite Texan, Stuart Parsons, owner of BSR Surf Resort, was patriotic about the Olympic association, and more than pleased with the partnership.
“We will do whatever we can to help our fabulous athletes win in Tokyo 2020 and beyond!” Parsons said.
And do you remember Joey Buran? Yes, Joey fuckin’ Buran. Well, the USA Surfing head coach is ageless, fired up about the technological advantage the team will enjoy leading up to this fall’s ISA World Junior Surfing Championships.
“BSR Surf Resort’s wave pool is ideal for honing maneuvers and aerial skills,” Buran said. “Our goal for this year’s 2018 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship Team is to have our best and be at our best when we compete against the world’s best in Huntington Beach in October and when surfing makes its 2020 debut in Tokyo.”
Tokyo 2020, Texas forever.
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