From the 11th – 19th October, Costa de Caparica in Portugual will be hosting the ISA World Surfing Games, one of the world’s most important surfing competitions.
Costa de Caparica is 13km of beautiful beaches located on the central Portuguese coastline, half an hour away from Lisbon International Airport. It is a chain of very consistent left and right beach breaks with swells that come from the south and west with different variations. The waves start to break at a half metre or more, and can support up to 8-feet swells.
They are busy preparing themselves for the spectacle that begins in less than a month.
The event holders are expecting about 300 surfers from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Tahiti, Trinidad and Tobago, United States, Uruguay and the host nation.
This competition brings surfers from around the world together for the twentieth time to test their skills against their fellow participants. ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, speaking for Portugal, says: “We are very happy and honored to bring the ISA World Surfing Games to Portugal for the second time in history.”
The competition was first held in 1964 in Sydney, Australia and both main titles were won by Australians, Bernard “Midget” Farrelly and Phyllis O´Donnell. 15 World Championships followed until, in 1976, the ISF (International Surfing Federation) took over the event. The ISF is recognised by the Internation Olympic Committee (IOC) as the world governing authority for surfing, bodyboarding and surfriding and it is the ISA (International Surfing Association) which supervises the world championships.
Portugal first held this competition in 1998. The Portuguese Federation and the event producer, Natural Factor, organised a superb ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in 2007. “We are very confident in their ability to deliver a top level event. I’m sure that all delegations will enjoy the Portuguese hospitality and friendship,” they said.
There will be medals in the following categories:
Open Men – four members per team
Open Women – two members per team
Bodyboard Men – two members per team
Bodyboard Women – one member per team
Longboard – one member per team
To refresh your memories, the defending champions are:
Jordy Smith from South Africa in Open Men
Julia Christian of the United States in Open Women
Manuel Centeno of Portugal in Bodyboard Men
Kira Llewellyn from Australia in Bodyboard Women
Mathew Moir from South Africa in Longboard
Thanks to Manulaboy for this video on 18 year old Jordy Smith.
A word of advice from the ISA:
Surfers interested in participating in ISA surf events MUST contact their country’s National Governing Body (NGB). If your country does not have an NGB representative, please contact the ISA. Should you wish to find out more about ISA Events Open for Bidding, please contact ISA Headquarters, firstname.lastname@example.org