Skating Stars

Five North County San Diego residents, including three from Encinitas, were among 16 recently named to the first-ever USA Skateboarding National Team. USA team members will have the opportunity to qualify for the Olympics, where Men’s and Women’s Skateboard Park and Street events will make their debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games, based on their three best results in World Skate-sanctioned events during the 2019 qualifying season combined with their six best results during the 2020 qualifying season. The 2020 World Championships will also be a direct qualifier for the games for the top three podium spots at each event.

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“We couldn’t be more excited to finally take the wraps off the first-ever USA Skateboarding National Team,” said Josh Friedberg, CEO of USA Skateboarding. “It’s a historic moment in the history of skateboarding, and we’re looking forward to doing all we can to support these amazing skateboarders on their road to Tokyo.”

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Encinitas local Bryce Wettstein (15) has been skating and surfing since she was five years old and is also currently a full-time honor student. She has been competing in the Vans Pro Park Series for the past three years and qualified for the World Championships every year. Born in Phoenix, AZ, but now living in Encinitas, Brighton Zeuner (15) started skating at four years old, was competing by eight years old, and in 2016, at 12 years old, was crowned the inaugural Vans Park Series World Champion. Tom Schaar (20) was born in Malibu but now lives in Cardiff. He was the youngest person to ever pull a 900 on a skateboard, the first person to ever pull a 1080 on a skateboard, and the youngest person to ever win an X-Games gold medal (at age 12). The USA team also includes Jordyn Barratt, who lives in Carlsbad, and Nicole Hause, who lives in Oceanside.

For more information visit www.usaskateboarding.net.