Surf Canada’s top riders have arrived in Lima, Peru for the 2019 Pan Am Games Lima and will hit the water from July 29-August 4, 2019. Seven surfers will compete for Canada at this year’s Games, with Tokyo 2020 Olympic Game qualification up for grabs.
The athletes and coaches named to the Canadian surf team for the 2019 Lima Games are Lina Augaitis (Ottawa, ON – SUP Race), Mike Darbyshire (North Vancouver, British Columbia – SUP Race), Mathea Olin (Tofino, British Columbia – Longboard), Finn Spencer (Whistler, British Columbia – SUP Surf), Catherine Temple (Tofino, British Columbia – SUP Surf), Cody Young (Makawao, Hawaii – Short Board), Bethany Zelasko (Vancouver, British Columbia – Short Board), Shannon Brown (Tofino, BC – Head Coach).
“We are incredibly excited to showcase the best of Canadian surfing to the world at the Pan Am Games here in Lima,” said Dom Domic, Executive Director, Surf Canada.
Surfing at Lima 2019 has a direct impact on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualifying, with the winners of the men’s and women’s shortboard competitions punching their tickets to Tokyo, which will mark the sport’s Olympic debut.
Canadian surfing is currently experiencing an all-time high, with incredibly strong showings at recent international events, including the Pan American Surfing Games in December. Surf Canada picked up a sixth-place finish in the event, just behind powerhouse Team USA at the same venue that will host the competition at Lima 2019.
Lima 2019, which will run from July 26 to August 11, will bring together 6,700 athletes from 41 nations of the Americas and feature 62 disciplines in 39 sports. It will be the largest sporting event ever held in Peru.