Carissa Moore expressed her gratitude to Makinohara for hosting the US Surf Team ahead of the Olympics here in Tokyo.
The world number one sent a message of thanks to the mayor of Makinohara, Kikuo Sugimoto, and a host of fans, city employees and business leaders in the Japanese city.
Moore studied Japanese for several years in middle and high school and was eager to refine her Japanese.
“I was training all night,” she said.
“I wanted to express how much the team appreciated the great care Makinohara took in welcoming us with an incredible wave pool, a beautiful beach and healthy and delicious meals.”
The US team is now ready to travel to Chiba where the surf will make its Olympic debut.
USA Surfing said Moore, John John Florence, Kolohe Andino and Caroline Marks have left Makinohara “rested” and “energized”.
Athletes took advantage of the new wave pool at the city’s Surf Stadium, Shizunami Beach and the Swing Beach Hotel during the three-day training camp.
Coach Brett Simpson said the goal of their time in Makinohara was to acclimatize to the heat and humidity of Japan, test their equipment and use a full range of sports medicine tools.
Greg Cruse, Managing Director of USA Surfing, also thanked Mayor Sugimoto for a “successful” camp which put the team in a “strong position to succeed” at Tokyo 2020.
The Olympic surf competition window is scheduled to run from July 25 to August 1.