SAN CLEMENTE, California – After 7 years of serving in a variety of coaching positions for Surfing America, the current head coach of the USA SUP/Paddle board team, Ian Cairns, has decided to step down. Cairns has led Surfing America teams to 7 ISA World Games around the world in SUP/Paddle board, Longboard and Surfing. Winning team Gold three times, mostly recently with SUP/Paddle board at the 2015 ISA World SUP and Paddle board games in Sayulita, Mexico.
"Serving Surfing America as it's head in a variety of disciplines on the world stage has been one of the greatest honors I have had in my career. After winning another world title, I feel it's time to step aside, focus on my business and immediate family." Said Cairns, "Leaving Surfing America after our Gold medal win in Mexico, has been a challenging decision, but I do feel it's time for new leadership to further elevate our program and continue to strengthen this sport."
Greg Cruse, Surfing America's executive director added; "I personally want to thank Ian for his dedication to Surfing America. There is no question that he has had a positive impact on countless young men and woman and has laid the foundation for the future as we move forward with Surfing America. He goes out as the most successful coach in Surfing America history." Added Cruse, "All the day to day responsibilities for the USA SUP/Paddle board team through this transitional time are rolling up to me.”
"I'm taking the opportunity now to look across the landscape of our sport, speaking to industry leaders and athletes to develop a solid plan for future success." Surfing America's executive director further adds that the upcoming changes will be inclusive of a new coaching structure, multiple coaches and a national qualifying system for future selections of USA SUP/Paddle board teams.
Cairns’ resignation post can be read in his Facebook post shown below.
Editor’s Note: In light of this news, it's curious to wonder if this could have all stemmed from a post that SUP athlete Brennan Rose shared on his Facebook page (also below) announcing his distaste for the USA SUP Team and their selection process? Take a look at the post below and decide for yourself.
About Surfing America
Surfing America is the ISA-recognized National Governing Body for Surfing in the United States. The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World Governing Authority for Surfing, Stand Up Paddling, Paddle boarding, Bodyboarding, and Surfriding.