Olympics calls to surfer, manager Chris Gallagher Stone from Santa Cruz


Chris Gallagher Stone, left, a Santa Cruz local and former World Championship Tour surfer has been named a technical manager for USA Surfing for a 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.USA Surfing/contributed

Chris Gallagher Stone, left, a Santa Cruz local and former World Championship Tour surfer has been named a technical manager for USA Surfing for a 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
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Tokyo 2020

Surfing meets Olympics

When: Jul 24 – Aug. 9, 2020

What: Surfing is one of 6 sports combined on a one-time, hearing basis, giving Tokyo 324 events in 33 sports

Where: Currently scheduled for Shidashita Beach in Chiba, 40 miles outward of Tokyo

Waiting period: 16 days; dual days to run eventuality after it starts

Who: 20 group and 20 women, with any nation carrying no some-more than dual of each

Santa Cruz will have during slightest one surfer during a Olympics in Tokyo in 2020, when a competition creates a debut. He usually competence not be in a water.

Chris Gallagher Stone, a Santa Cruz local and former World Championship Tour surfer, has been named a chosen technical manager for USA Surfing … whatever that means.

Gallagher Stone will be operative underneath conduct manager Joey Buran and alongside Brandon Phillips, an partner manager in assign of contestant development. Other than those monikers, though, pursuit descriptions for all 3 are liquid given a positions didn’t exist until a International Olympic Committee voted dual years to adopt surfing, along with 5 other sports, for a Tokyo Olympics.

“I’m here to do whatever they need me to do,” Gallagher Stone pronounced in a phone talk from Brazil final week, where he was operative during a World Surf League’s Oi Rio Pro as South African surfer Jordy Smith’s coach. “Whether it’s to be an envoy or whatever. They usually can’t give me a pursuit outline and contend this is it. It’s, ‘OK, here we go.’”

Gallagher Stone’s knowledge coaching some of a world’s best was what got him a gig. In further to Smith, whom he has been coaching a past 3 years and is now ranked No. 25 on a WCT, Gallagher Stone has worked with Patrick Gudauskas, now ranked No. 22 on a WCT, as good as twin brothers Damien and CJ Hobgood, among others.

The Hobgood brothers were among his initial elite-level clients. Damien Hobgood pronounced he dignified Gallagher Stone’s eye for fact and for violation down both waves and skills during a integrate of years that their time on a pro surfing debate overlapped. Years later, when his career seemed to be on a downslope, Hobgood approached “Gally” about giving his hermit and him some tips. At a time, Hobgood said, roller coaches didn’t exist.

“For my hermit and I, it unequivocally enlarged a careers for an easy 3 to 4 years,” pronounced Hobgood, who finished as high as No. 4 on a WCT.

“It was bit of everything,” he added, “not usually dissecting surfing or movement, though also he would disintegrate a heats and a judges and all aspects of it. Also, you’re roving for prolonged durations of time, so he helped us with diet and training and gripping a spirit adult and a lot of that comes with it.”

Gallagher Stone’s initial prodigy, however, was himself. A former WCT surfer in his possess right, a Soquel High alum won The Billabong and a O’Neill Coldwater Classic during Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz in 1998 and ’99, respectively.

“I’ve been coaching myself for a prolonged time,” he said. “That’s where a lot of my technique came from, study videos and assisting friends.”

Buran, a 1984 Pipeline Masters champion, pronounced he expects Gallagher Stone’s certification to assistance when a manager gets bearing into articulate plan with surfers who have already proven themselves among a world’s best.

“When he was in his primary in a ’90s, he was a good surfer. Not usually a unequivocally good surfer, Chris Gallagher was a good surfer. That helps,” Buran said. “You don’t have to be a good contestant to coach. … But when traffic with high-level athletes, it does assistance to have some kind of equity, a extraction or resume. For Chris, who was on a World Tour, that’s respected, that’s esteemed.”

Most surfers competing in Tokyo will be culled from a World Surf League’s 2019 World Tour (formerly WCT) rankings. Each nation is authorised a limit of 4 surfers, dual group and dual women. Ten group and 8 women will automatically validate around their place in a World Tour standings until those quotas are filled.

In other words, if a standings stayed a same as they are now, Filipe Toledo and Italo Ferreira of Brazil, ranked No. 2 and No. 3 on a World Tour, respectively, would paint Brazil in a Olympics. But Gabriel Medina, ranked No. 4, and Michael Rodrigues, tied for No. 7, would have to lay them out. That would open a doorway for Griffin Colapinto (No. 12) and Kolohe Andino (No. 13), a tip American group on tour, to accept involuntary inclusion. John John Florence, who some competence cruise a shoo-in for Team USA, now would be sidelined as he is ranked third among Americans in a tie for No. 17.

The rest of a sum 20 masculine and 20 womanlike surfers will be comparison by their opening during a 2019 and 2020 World Surfing Games, orderly by a International Surfing Association, as good as during a 2019 Pan American Games.

Gallagher Stone, 49, chuckled during a suspicion of coaching opposite Smith. The South African has a clever possibility of competing in a Olympics and could be roving one of a play Gallagher Stone now shapes in his post-competition career. The confront will be done somewhat reduction awkward, however, by Gallagher Stone’s preference during a start of a year to scale behind his coaching duties subsequent deteriorate so he can spend reduction time during World Tour stops and some-more time with his 3 sons: Bo, 17; Sam, 12 and Koa, 5.

“I’m going to concentration on that for 2019: surfboards and Olympics,” pronounced Gallagher Stone, who has lived in Oahu for a past 16 years. “That doesn’t meant if Jordy comes to Hawaii we don’t assistance him out.”

Gallagher Stone might be concentrating on a Olympics for longer than that. He pronounced while a IOC usually authorized surfing for Tokyo, he entirely expects a competition to also be on a report in Paris in 2024 and Los Angeles in 2028 — during slightest if they are showcased scrupulously a initial time around.

“The Olympics are huge. Everyone keeps observant a Olympics are bigger than we can suppose them being,” he said. “If they’re finished adult right and stories get told properly, they will be appealing to sponsors and kids and, in a prolonged term, it’s not going to hurt, definitely.”

Contact Julie Jag during 831-706-3257.

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