April O'Gorman is the current USLA National Surf Ironwoman Champion and the youngest member of the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) National Team. Only 19 years old, she has traveled to the Netherlands & Australia for the World Surf Lifesaving Championships (2016, 2018) and Japan for the Sanyo Bussan International Cup (2017, 2018) to race against the best in the world. Since the Lifesaving Sport is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), her position on the USLA National Team makes her a representative and ambassador of both USLA and the United States.
April grew up in Daytona Beach Florida as a competitive swimmer and but didn't start paddling until she became a beach Lifeguard for Volusia County at the age of 16. One of her biggest regrets is not knowing about the Lifesaving Sport until an older age, so she is very passionate about teaching people about the sport and growing it in the United States. In July 2018, April along with the World Surf Ironwoman Champion, Harriet Brown, ran surf clinics in New York & New Jersey.
April is still a competitive swimmer and is part of the Women's Swim Team at Savannah College of Art & Design. April helped the SCAD Women claim their second NAIA National Title in as many years. April placed second in nation in the 1650 Freestyle. Just finishing her second year at SCAD, April is studying Industrial Design and minoring in Film & Television, and Designing for Sustainability.
April is excited about the upcoming season and can't wait to watch the sport of Surf Lifesaving and Surf Ski paddling grow in popularity in the United States over the next couple years.