2017 World Titles – Team USA

2017 World Titles – Somo Spain
Team KSUSA

Sam Coyne

Sam Coyne Surf Beach

Sam Coyne Surf Beach – photo by Steen Barnes

Age Division: Pro Juniors

Contest Experience:

  • 2004 KSUSA Titles, Santa Cruz
  • 2005 KSUSA Titles, Santa Cruz – 2nd Juniors
  • 2007 Phillip Island Classic – 2nd Juniors
  • 2007 World Titles, Santa Cruz – 3rd Pro Juniors
  • 2008 KSUSA Titles, Oceanside – 2nd Juniors
  • 2008 KSUSA/WSA, Ventura – 4th
  • 2009 KSUSA Titles, Santa Cruz – 2nd Juniors
  • 2009 KSUSA/WSA, Salt Creek – 5th
  • 2010 KSUSA Titles, Huntington Beach – 3rd Juniors
  • 2011 KSUSA Titles, Huntington Beach
  • 2011 World Titles, Phillip Island, Australia
  • 2015 World Titles, Kiama, Australia – 2nd Pro Juniors
  • 2017 KSUSA Titles, Oceanside – 2nd

Most Memorable Contest Experience:

What boards are you taking:

Sponsors: SD Surf Boards (Joe Taylor, Sweeny), Surf Systems/Cove Pads (Casey Patelsky), Kneelo Nation (Tom Fish)

What are you looking forward to the most in Spain: Pulpo y Jamon


Brad Colwell

Brad at Maccas

Age Division: Legends

Contest Experience:

  • All KSUSA Titles 2004-2017
  • World Titles in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2015
  • NSSA in 2013-14
  • Wildcoast Dempey Holder Ocean Festival 2012-2017

Most Memorable Contest Experience: KSUSA Titles in 2011 at Huntington Pier, winning the AA Division after 30 minutes of non-stop paddling and getting a buzzer beater that was my highest scoring wave. My first time to win a division.

What boards are you taking: Just one this time, my newest Flashpoint. It’s a 5’7″ rounded square tail thruster. Bruce Hart has created another beauty for me!

Sponsors: None personally, but I’m stoked for the generosity of the kneeboard shapers who have supported, and continue to support KSUSA and kneeboarding around the world.

What are you looking forward to the most in Spain: Being able to share the experience with my family, and to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones.

 


Matt Cunningham

Matt Cunningham

Age Division: KahunaContest Experience:

  • 2017 KSUSA Titles, Oceanside – 2nd

Most Memorable Contest Experience:

What boards are you taking:

Sponsors:

What are you looking forward to the most in Spain:

 


Tom Linn

Tom Linn

Age Division:  Legend

Contest Experience:

  • 1986 Amateur World Titles – 4th
  • 2002 World Titles, AUS, Masters – 3rd
  • 2003 KSUSA Titles, Santa Cruz
  • 2004 USSF US Championships, Oceanside – 4th
  • 2004 KSUSA Titles, Santa Cruz, Open – 3rd
  • 2005 KSUSA Titles, Santa Cruz
  • 2007 World Titles, Santa Cruz, Grandmasters – Champion
  • 2008 KSUSA Titles, Santa Cruz
  • 2009 KSUSA Titles, Santa Cruz
  • 2009 World Titles, Opunake, New Zealand
  • 2010 KSUSA Titles, Huntington Beach, AAA – 2nd
  • 2011 KSUSA Titles, Huntington Beach

Most Memorable Contest Experience:

What boards are you taking:

Sponsors:

What are you looking forward to the most in Spain:

 


Roger Hughes

 

Age Division: Veteran

Contest Experience:

  • 2004 US Titles Santa Cruz: Second place AA division and Most Radical Maneuver trophy, which to this day is the trophy I’m most proud to own. This contest was at Pleasure Point.
  • 2005 US Titles Santa Cruz: 2nd Place, in the open. This contest was at Steamer Lane.
  • 2009 US Titles Santa Cruz: First place AA division, which by far were the best waves I have ever surfed at Steamer Lane.
  • 2014 US Titles Huntington Pier: Third place AAA. The difference between this contest and the other contests was everyone was surfing at their prime. It seemed to me the common denominator was Bruce Hart’s Flashpoint surfboards, I was sold.
  • 2017 US Titles Oceanside: Third place AAA Division.

What boards are you taking:  I will be taking two Flashpoints to Spain. 6-0 chop tail and a 6-0 rounded pintail

My sponsor is O’Neil Surf Shop.  They have been taking care of me for over 30 years.  I’m not on the local team which is a couple of free suits a year and a decent discount.  Rest In Peace Jack O’Neil.

I am really looking forward to getting together with a lot of other Knee-boarders, some I’ve met and some I have not. I sure hope mother nature is on our side, and joins us.  I would love to see great kneeboarding on good waves, it looks like a perfect venue for kneeboarding.

 


Joe Coyne

Joe Coyne at Maccas

Joe Coyne 

Age Division:  Kahuna

Contest Experience:

  • KSUSA US Titles 2004 through 2017
  • Kneeboard Surfing World Titles 2007 Santa Cruz
  • Kneeboard Surfing World Titles 2011 Phillip Island, Australia
  • Kneeboard Surfing World Titles 2015 Kiama, Australia

Most Memorable Contest Experience:

What boards are you taking: Flashpoint 5’8” chop tail, and Flashpoint 5’10” rounded pin tail

Sponsors:  As an active member of KSUSA, I feel like I’m supported by all of the generous sponsors that support KSUSA.  Special thanks to the long term support from kneeboard shapers Bruce Hart – Flashpoint/Hart Design, John Mel – Freeline, David Parkes – Parkes Kneeboards, and Bud McCray – Blast.

What are you looking forward to the most in Spain:

 


Bob Gove

Bob Gove

Age Division: Immortals

Contest Experience:

  • 2003 KSUSA Titles, Santa Cruz
  • 2004 World Titles, Tahiti
  • 2004 KSUSA Titles, Santa Cruz
  • 2005 KSUSA Titles, Santa Cruz
  • 2007 World Titles, Santa Cruz, ROBs – 2nd
  • 2008 KSUSA Titles, Oceanside
  • 2009 KSUSA Titles, Santa Cruz
  • 2009 World Titles, Opunake, New Zealand
  • 2010 KSUSA Titles, Huntington Beach, Open – 4th
  • 2011 KSUSA Titles, Huntington Beach, AAA – Champion
  • 2011 World Titles, Phillip Island, Australia

Most Memorable Contest Experience:

Shaper:  James Mangano, K58

What boards are you taking:

Sponsors:

What are you looking forward to the most in Spain: The Orange one

 


Dave Grgas

Dave Grgas

Dave Grgas

Age Group: Veterans

Contest Experience:

  • Cantabria Kneeboard Festival 2014, 2016.
  • Kneeboard Surfing World Titles Kiama, Australia 2015

What boards are you taking: 6’3″ Parkes quad

What are you looking forward to the most in Spain:  Looking forward to some good times