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USA Slalom Skateboarding

2024 USA SLALOM SKATEBOARDING NATIONAL TEAM

Qualifying for the 2024 USA Slalom Skateboarding National Team is a feat that requires exceptional skill and determination. To secure a spot on this team, aspiring athletes must meet rigorous criteria. One pathway to qualification is by pre-qualifying in the top 20 worldwide through the accumulation of ISSA World Ranking points. Alternatively, athletes can also earn their spot by excelling in one of the three main national races designated by the USA Slalom Skateboarding committee. Only those who exhibit exceptional talent and prove their determination with slalom skateboarding will have the opportunity to proudly represent the United States on the world stage.

#1

#1

Women Pre-Qualified - #1

Lynn Kramer

San Diego, CA

Stance: Goofy

Lynn Kramer, from San Diego, California, has been skating the streets since 1985, mastering various disciplines including street, mini-ramp, ditches, vert, downhill, bowls, and slalom. Engaged in the skate scene since the late 80s, she was an integral part of the Ready to Shred Skateboard Club of UCSD and the Womens Skateboard Network. Lynn’s competitive spirit led her to participate in events like the All Girl Skate Jam and World Cup Skateboarding. Transitioning into serious racing in 2002, she’s made remarkable strides, boasting an impressive 17-time Women’s World Champion title in Slalom Skateboarding. Beyond her own achievements, Lynn serves as the Head Coach of the La Costa Racing Team, volunteers for Exposure Skate, and captains the Sea Scouts, all while owning two Engineering Companies. Her journey is supported by sponsors including Sk8Kings, Turbo Wheels, Oust Bearings, Rogue Trucks, Venom, and Old Bones Therapy. Lynn Kramer epitomizes the essence of dedication and success in the world of skateboarding.

#2

#2

Men Pre-Qualified - #2

Joe McLaren

Superior, CO

Stance: Regular

Meet Joe McLaren, hailing from Superior, Colorado, a dynamic force in the world of slalom skateboarding. With an illustrious track record boasting eight World Championship titles, Joe dominates the men’s pro world racing circuit with unparalleled finesse and power. Setting new benchmarks each season, his relentless pursuit of excellence has rewritten the history of slalom racing, propelling him to the forefront of the ISSA World Rankings year after year. Beyond his extraordinary feats on the board, Joe assumes pivotal roles as the President of USA Slalom Skateboarding and Secretary for both the ISSA and World Skate Slalom Working Group, cementing his influence and leadership within the global skateboarding community.

#4

#4

Women Pre-Qualified - #4

Judi Oyama

Aptos, CA

Stance: Regular

Born and raised in Santa Cruz, California, Judi Oyama is a pioneer in skateboarding. Rising through the ranks in the 1970s and 1980s, Oyama became a prominent female skateboarder, breaking new ground in downhill racing, vert and slalom competitions. Being one of the few women competing in a predominantly male sport, she broke barriers and inspired a new generation of female skaters, cementing her legacy as a trailblazer in the sport. Judi, an original N-Men icon, has achieved two Slalom Skateboard World Championship titles, induction into the Skateboard Hall of Fame in 2018, and recognition in the Sports Hall of Fame at Aptos High School. She represents a diverse array of sponsors such as Catto’s Graphics, Sk8Kings Skateboards, RipTide Sports, Lenz Arts, Santa Cruz Skateboards, Bronson Bearings, MOB Grip, Badass Skatemom, Girl Is NOT A 4 Letter Word, Turbo Skate Wheels, Old Bones Therapy, 187 Skate Gear, Laird Superfood and Noso Patches. Judi Oyama continues to inspire and influence the skateboarding community with her passion, skill, and unwavering dedication.

#5

#5

Men Pre-Qualified - #5

George Pappas

Boulder, CO

Stance: Goofy

#7

#7

Men Pre-Qualified - #7

Orion Lehrmann

San Diego, CA

Stance: Regular

#7

#7

Women Pre-Qualified - #7

Isa Ruiz

Santa Fe, NM

Stance: Regular

#11

#11

Women Pre-Qualified - #11

Lari-Ann Rupp

Salem, OR

Stance: Goofy

#16

#16

Men Pre-Qualified - #16

Jonathan Harms

St. Louis, MO

Stance: Goofy

#17

#17

Men Pre-Qualified - #17

Joseph Kyle Smith

Ashland, KY

Stance: Goofy

#18

#18

Men Pre-Qualified - #18

Richy Carrasco

Santa Ana, CA

Stance: Regular

#19

#19

Women Pre-Qualified - #19

Sarah Byrd-Compton

Nashville, TN

Stance: Goofy

#19

#19

Men Pre-Qualified - #19

Lou Statman

Austin, TX

Stance: Goofy

#20

#20

Men Pre-Qualified - #20

Collin Kruse

San Diego, CA

Stance: Regular

#24

#24

Women Season Ranking Pre-Qualified - #24

Jennifer Coppa

San Pedro, CA

Stance: Regular

Jennifer Coppa, skating from San Pedro, California, boasts an impressive 52 years of experience on the board. At 55, Jennifer continues to push her limits and pursue new challenges in the skateboarding world. Her recent accomplishments in 2023 include bravely dropping in off the start ramp for the first time at the Nationals and clinching a commendable 3rd place in the amateur Women hybrid category at the World’s. Among her cherished moments is securing another 3rd place at the Mecca Ditch event in 2023. Jennifer’s dedication to the sport is evident not only in her accomplishments but also in her enduring passion for skateboarding history, as evidenced by her involvement in Womxn skateboard history. Supported by sponsors Sk8kings Skateboards and Turbo Wheels, as well as the continuous support of her family and friends, Jennifer Coppa remains an inspiration to skateboarders of all ages.

#24

#24

Men Season Ranking Pre-Qualified - #24

Josh Byrd

Nashville, TN

Stance: Regular

Josh Byrd, originally from Mississippi and now residing in Nashville, Tennessee, is a prominent figure in the world of slalom skateboarding. Serving as the Secretary of USA Slalom Skateboarding, Josh has been deeply involved in the sport since 2000. He secured the Junior World Champion title in 2003 before retiring from the sport a few years later. Josh made a triumphant return in 2022 at the US Nationals, securing an impressive 5th place. The following year, 2023, proved to be a remarkable racing season for Josh, as he achieved notable placements, including 3rd place at the Texas Sizzler, 6th place in the Pro class at the US National Championship, and 11th place in the Pro class at the World Championship. Riding a JBH/PG board with Rogue trucks, RipTide bushings, and Pat’s Risers, Josh’s equipment reflects his dedication to precision and performance. Proudly sponsored by Old Bones Therapy and a valued member of the La Costa Racing Team, Josh Byrd continues to leave his mark on the slalom skateboarding community with his skill, determination, and passion for the sport.

#26

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Men Season Ranking Pre-Qualified - #26

Oshean Lehramann

San Diego, CA

Stance: Regular

#27

#27

Men Season Ranking Pre-Qualified - #27

Josh Harvey

San Jose, CA

Stance: Goofy

#28

#28

Men Season Ranking Pre-Qualified - #28

Scott Hostert

Fullerton, CA

Stance: Goofy

Scott Hostert, a true veteran of the skateboarding world, hails from Fullerton, California. With a passion ignited in 1969, Scott’s journey in skateboarding began. A few years later, he was competing, quickly establishing himself as a top amateur skater sponsored by industry giants like Sims, Pepsi, and G&S throughout 1976 to 1979. Remarkably, Scott remains one of the last original La Costa racers still actively participating in races at the age of 61. His illustrious career includes four World Championship titles in slalom, with two victories in the Czech Republic and two in Canada, alongside numerous National titles. Today, Scott continues to push the boundaries of his sport, supported by sponsors Sk8kings and Dusty’s Nuts, leaving an indelible mark on the skateboarding community through his achievements and enduring dedication.

Event Qualifier

Maggie Harrison

Austin, TX

Stance: Regular

Event Qualified: US National Championships

Event Qualifier

Paul Chestnut

Huntington Beach, CA

Stance: Regular

Event Qualified: US National Championships

Event Qualifier

Jordan Huotari

Portland, OR

Stance: Regular

Event Qualified: 2023 World Championships

Jordan Huotari from Pacific City, Oregon has dedicated 33 years of his life to the sport. Inspired by icons like Tom Sims and Craig Kelly, he grew up immersing himself in the skateboarding, snowboarding, and surfing culture of the Pacific Northwest during the vibrant 90s era. In the early 2000s, Jordan ventured into slalom racing, drawn by the parallel challenges it offered to his snowboarding pursuits and the camaraderie of legendary skateboarders at the races. He perceives slalom as akin to surfing and tree snowboarding, where anticipating clean lines several turns ahead is key. Notably, Jordan’s skills earned him recognition at events like the Gorge Games in Hood River, Oregon, where he clinched top positions in the amateur division. Despite the overwhelming talent of the pros, Jordan’s focus remains on the thrill of navigating the course, embodying his description of slalom as “trying to milk the hill for more than it can already give you.”

#27

#27

Men Season Ranking Pre-Qualified - #27

Josh Harvey

San Jose, CA

Stance: Goofy

#28

#28

Men Season Ranking Pre-Qualified - #28

Scott Hostert

Fullerton, CA

Stance: Goofy

Event Qualifier

Paul Chestnut

Huntington Beach, CA

Stance: Regular

Event Qualified: US National Championships