• ISA World Surfing Games 2015 Final Day

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    The final day of competition at the 2015 Nicaragua Unica… Original ISA World Surfing Games presented by Lafise and Claro ended with an international celebration for the sport of surfing. Twenty-seven National Teams flooded the sands of Playa Popoyo, Nicaragua alongside thousands of spectators to cheer on the action.

    The entire day was full of fantastic surfing in overhead to double overhead waves.

    The lineup for the Women’s Final included Tia Blanco (USA), Leilani McGonagle (CRI), Ella Williams (NZL) and Chelsea Tuach (Bar). 2014 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship Bronze Medalist Blanco and Copper Medalist McGonagle took strong leads. However, by the end of the heat it was Blanco that would take the Gold Medal home for her country. Show less
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    The International Surfing Association (ISA) is excited to announce its return for the fourth year in a row to the beautiful country of Nicaragua for the 2015 ISA World Surfing Games taking place from May 31 to June 7.

    Over 25 Nations are expected at the competition, which will gather the best surfers from around the globe at the powerful, world-class, and warm waters waves of Popoyo, Nicaragua. Located in Nicaragua’s stunning Pacific Coast in the Municipality of Tola, the break is a two hour drive from the capital city of Managua.

    The athletes will compete for the Individual Gold Medals in Open Men’s and Open Women’s that will decide the winner of the coveted Fernando Aguerre World Team Trophy, and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President’s Trophy.

    With the full support of Nicaragua’s President, Daniel Ortega, and the Ministry of Tourism headed by Mayra Salinas, Nicargua last hosted the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship in Granada and La Boquita in 2014, ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in Playa Jiquiliste in 2013, and ISA World Masters Surfing Championship in Playa Colorado in 2012.

    Surfing has been integral and successful development tool in the country. According to the Central Bank of Nicaragua, Surfing now registers as the #1 source of travel and tourism for the country.

    In 2014, the historic ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games was held in Punta Rocas, Peru. New surfing nations like the United Arab Emirates, Russia, Scotland and Turkey joined the celebrations, but in the end it was the local Peruvian team that took home The Fernando Aguerre World Team Trophy. In the individual division’s, Argentina’s Leandro “Lele” Usuna won Open Men’s and Peru’s Anali Gomez won Open Women’s.
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    The fourth annual ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship (WSUPPC) will take place May 10th to May 17th, 2015 in Sayulita, Mexico.

    In this fourth edition of the ISA World Championship, the best men and women from around the world will gather in Mexico to determine the Individual Gold Medalists in SUP Racing, Paddleboard Racing, SUP Surfing and the coveted World Team Champion Trophy.
    The 10 things you need to know about the 2015 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship are:

    1. The Event
    The ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship (WSUPPC) will gather the world’s best SUP Racers, SUP Surfers, and Paddleboarders to compete in an International Teams competition.

    It is an “Olympic Style” event – teams compete for medals and the honor of representing their countries. The excellence of competition reaches its highest level as each participant defends his or her country’s flag.

    2. The Venue
    Sayulita is a quaint, coastal village about 25 miles north of downtown Puerto Vallarta in the state of Nayarit, Mexico, with a population of approximately 5,000.

    Summer temperatures in Sayulita average 88 degrees Fahrenheit (31 degrees Celsius) with high humidity and chances of rain.

    Punta Sayulita is a rock/reef bottom break that is fed sand by a river-mouth, offering up right and left waves to surf.

    3. The Competition
    The ISA WSUPPC is an annual competition that will visit Mexico for the first time, and will feature defending Gold Medalists and up-and-coming athletes from around the world.

    4. The History
    The ISA is Surfing’s World Governing Authority as recognized by the International Olympic Committee since 1995. The ISA first held the World SUP and Paddleboard Championship in 2012, in Miraflores, Peru and again in 2013.

    During the 2014 ISA WSUPPC that took place in Granada and La Boquita, Nicaragua, the Australian Team won 11 Individual Medals and the Team Relay Gold Medal, awarding them the overall World Team Championship for the third consecutive year.

    5. The Mission
    The ISA’s mission is to develop Surfing and SUP globally. The 2015 edition of the World Championship was brought to Mexico to further develop the sport in the country. The ISA’s mission is fulfilled through annual World Championships, membership development, educational programs, scholarship distribution and working towards Surfing and SUP’s inclusion in the Olympic Games.
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    From October 24 to November 1, Peru will become the gathering place of the world’s best surfers, who will compete in the historic 2014 CLARO ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games (WSG). The competition will be held at one of the most popular and consistent point breaks of the Peruvian coasts.

    The CLARO ISA 50th Anniversary WSG begins in less than ten days. Over 25 countries from all corners of the planet and more than 150 men and women surfers will soon arrive to the beautiful country of Peru, its welcoming people, great food, and incredible waves.
    - See more at: http://www.isasurf.org/10-things-need-know-isa-50th-anniv...
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    The World Championship
    The 2014 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship (WJSC) is the biggest surfing competition in the world for under-18 surfers, boys and girls. With more than 300 of the best junior surfers from over 30 countries, the World Championship is the pinnacle in the career of every junior surfer around the world.

    The Support
    The World Junior Championships will be the first event ever sponsored by the new surf apparel brand VISSLA, which launches worldwide in April 2014. The WJSC will coincide with the brand’s global launch.

    VISSLA is a clothing brand that represents creative freedom, a forward-thinking philosophy, and a generation of creators and innovators. They embrace the modern do-it-yourself attitude within surf culture, performance surfing, and craftsmanship. This is a surf-everything and ride-anything mentality. They are creators and innovators.

    During the competition, VISSLA will be giving away custom shaped surfboards through a social media contest, the #CREATORSANDINNOVATORS Board Giveaway. By using the hashtag #CreatorsandInnovators, contestants will have a chance to win a new board from a VISSLA shaper. More details on how to enter will be available soon on VISSLA’s Instagram @VISSLASurf.

    Additionally, the World Championship has the full support of Ecuador’s President, Rafael Correa, and the country’s Ministries of Tourism and Sports, as well as the Ecuadorian Surfing Federation (FES).

    The Competition
    The event gathers the best junior surfers from every continent to compete for their National Teams in an “Olympic-style” event. The surfers compete for medals and the honor of representing their respective countries.

    The World Championship is a team competition with individual Boys and Girls divisions. Each National Team includes 4 under-18 Boys, 2 under-18 Girls, 4 under-16 Boys, and 2 under-16 Girls for a total of 12 athletes plus Team Officials.

    The History
    The ISA WJSC is an annual event, and this year’s competition will take place during the 50th Anniversary year of the ISA, which was founded in 1964. The ISA hosted its first WJSC in 1980 in Biarritz, France, where legendary surfer Tom Curren became the first ISA World Junior Champion, launching his successful career.

    Past ISA World Junior Champions include current ASP World Tour competitors Gabriel Medina (BRA, 2010), Tyler Wright (AUS, 2010, 2009), Alejo Muniz (BRA, 2008), Laura Enever (AUS, 2008), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS, 2007), Julian Wilson (AUS, 2006), Owen Wright (AUS, 2006), Pauline Ado (FRA, 2006), Stephanie Gilmore (AUS, 2005, 2004), Matt Wilkinson (AUS, 2004) and Jordy Smith (RSA, 2003).

    The Host
    This is the 4th ISA World Championship to be held in Ecuador over the last decade. The VISSLA ISA WJSC will mark the second consecutive year that Ecuador hosts an ISA World Championship. In 2013, the ISA World Masters Surfing Championship took place in Montañita; in 2009, the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in La FAE, and in 2004 the ISA World Surfing Games in La FAE.

    Ecuador has a rich surfing history that dates back thousands of years. The logo for the World Championship includes an image of the Sumpa Sun, which is a religious and mystic icon of the Sumpa Ecuadorian Paleo-Indian civilization that existed from 11,000 to 4,000 B.C. “Sumpa” is the native name of the Peninsula of Santa Elena where the event takes place. One of the first human groups to settle in Ecuador, and the only ones of this period discovered in the coastal region in the area, the Sumpa people based a lot of their life around the ocean. The logo not only pays homage to the ancient and rich history of the area, but it also provides a symbol to welcome young surfers from around the globe to enjoy and ride waves in the same ocean the Sumpa people based their lives around thousands of years ago.

    The Prize
    The athletes will compete for the individual and team Gold Medals and the coveted ISA World Junior Team Champion Trophy.

    Powerhouse teams include the top 8 from the 2013 World Championship: Australia, Hawaii, USA, France, Japan, South Africa, Peru, and Brazil. Along with many other nations, all will be seeking a place on the podium in the Boys under-18, Boys under-16, Girls under-18 and Girls under-16 divisions, and, most importantly, the overall team standings.

    The Wave and Location
    The 2014 VISSLA ISA WJSC will be held at La FAE, located on a military air force base in the westernmost point of South America known as “Peninsula de Santa Elena”. La FAE is a ten minute drive from Salinas, Ecuador, and offers a long peeling left point break with a flat reef and an adjacent sand bottom beach break that will be used for the double-area contest site. The best swell directions are South-West and West swells, with the best season generally between March and May with light offshore winds, sunny conditions, and warm water.
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    As the opening event of the International Surfing Festival from November 23-24, the ISA China Cup will feature the top seven surfing countries based on the results from the 2013 REEF ISA World Surfing Games held in Santa Catalina, Panama, plus the addition of the national Chinese team, who will be competing for the first time in ISA history.

    Following the ISA China Cup, from November 25-28, will be the Hainan Classic, Men’s 4-star ASP Qualifying Series event, where the best professional surfers from around the world will compete for a total prize purse of $95,000 USD and valuable points that count towards the ASP Men’s Qualifying Series Ranking.
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    The Third Annual ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship will take place May 3 to May 11, 2014 on Lake Nicaragua in Granada for the SUP and Paddleboard Racing, and on the waves of La Boquita for SUP Surfing.

    In this third edition of the ISA World Championship, the best men and women from around the world will gather in Nicaragua to determine the individual Gold Medalists in SUP Racing, Paddleboarding, SUP Surfing, and the coveted Club Waikiki-Peru World Team Champion Trophy.
    - See more at: http://www.isasurf.org/10-things-you-need-to-know-about-t...
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