From October 12-19, Venezuela will become the gathering place of the world’s best Bodyboarders, who will compete in the ISA World Bodyboard Championship (WBC) at Playa Parguito in the beautiful Margarita Island.
9 countries from around the world will soon arrive to the beautiful country of Venezuela, its welcoming people and incredible waves.
Here are the 10 things you need to know about the 2013 ISA World Bodyboard Championship:
1. The Event
The 2013 ISA WBC is a competition exclusively for the world’s best Bodyboarders. The ISA WBC will gather the best competitors in Playa Parguito, in Margarita Island, Venezuela, from October 12 to the 19.
2. The History
Bodyboarding has traditionally been a division of the ISA World Surfing Games, which has crowned Open Men’s World Bodyboard Champions since 1988 and Open Women’s World Bodyboard Champion since 1996. Due to the growing popularity of the Bodyboard division and the increase in participating athletes, the ISA decided to organize its own World Championship in 2011.
The ISA WBC was established in 2011 in the Canary Islands, Spain. In 2012, the competition was hosted in Playa Parguito and will once again be the host for the second consecutive year.
The ISA WBC, since it’s inception, has been crowning World Champions in the following individual divisions: Open Men, Open Women, Junior Under-18 Boys, and Open Dropknee. Additionally, in 2011, the ISA Aloha Cup, a tag-team format competition, was included as part of the event. The Junior Under-18 Girls was also added last year to give an opportunity to the young women that practice this sport.
3. Past ISA WBC Champions
These are the past ISA WBC Champions:
2011 Pier Louis-Costes (France)
2012 Eder Luciano (Brazil)
2011 Isabela Sousa (Brazil)
2012 Sari Ohhara (Japan)
Junior U-18 Boys:
2011 Eduardo Rodríguez (Spain)
2012 Maxime Castillo (France)
Junior U-18 Girls:
2012 Shiori Okazawa (Japan)
2011 Ardiel Jiménez (Spain)
2012 Iain Campbell (South Africa)
4. The Competition
The World Championship is a team competition with individual Open Men, Open Women, Junior U-18 Boys, Junior U-18 Girls, Open Dropknee, and the ISA Aloha Cup.
Each National Team consists of seven athletes competing in the following categories: Open Men (3), Open Women (1), Junior Under-18 Boys (1) and Junior Under-18 Girls (1), Open Dropknee (1).
The ISA WBC gathers the best Bodyboarders to compete for their National Teams in an “Olympic-style” event, where the team with the most amount of points, according to each individual division placing, will be crowned Team Champions.
5. The Prize
The surfers compete for Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Copper Medals, the World Team Championship, and the honor of representing their respective countries.
6. The Location
This year, the event will be held at Playa Parguito, which is located in the northeast of Margarita Island, with over 2,000 meters of white sand beaches. It’s the most famous bodyboarding beach in Venezuela, where international bodyboard competitions are held annually.
Parguito is also known as a popular tourist destination for Venezuelans and foreigners, that receive thousands of visitors that enjoy its white sand, warm water and great gastronomy thanks to the many restaurants in the area.
The ISA WBC is held in October, when temperatures range between 24° and 32°C (75°- 90° Fahrenheit). The water temperature will be 22° C (72° Fahrenheit). There is a small chance of rain.
7. The Wave
Parguito Beach is a famous beach break, with fast and strong waves, with occasional bigger tubes, perfect for bodyboarding.
The side of the island where the competition will be held receives swells from the Atlantic Ocean, with waves that can reach over 6 feet, with an average of 3-4 feet year round.
8. The Schedule
The third edition of the ISA World Bodyboard Championship will officially open on October 12 in Playa Parguito, Margarita Island, Venezuela, with the traditional ISA Opening Ceremony held at Juan Griego, one of the most ancient cities on the island, which will include the Parade of the Nations and Sands of the World Ceremony.
The Parade of the Nations is a colorful and energy-filled event, complete with teams chanting, waving flags and the cheering of the locals who come out to watch the spectacle.
The Sands of the World Ceremony symbolizes the true fraternal spirit that bonds together all members of the global surfing tribe. The union of the countries of the world in this emotional ceremony is symbolized through the mixing of the sands from the beaches of every participating country, showcasing the ISA’s desire for a better and peaceful world through surfing.
Friday, October 10 – Official Press Conference
Saturday, October 12 – Opening Ceremony- Parade of the Nations and Sands of the World Ceremony.
Sunday, October 13 – Competition Begins
Saturday, October 19 – Final day of competition, Awards Presentation and Closing Ceremony
9. The host and support
The ISA WBC is organized by Venezuelan Surfing Federation (FVS) for the second consecutive year.
The ISA WBC has been possible thanks to the continued support from Mindeporte (Ministry of Sports), FVS (Venezuela Surfing Federation), Venezuelan Olympic Committee, National Drug Office, and other organizers and entities sponsoring the event.
10. The Mission
The ISA’s mission is to develop the sport of Surfing, which includes Bodyboarding in Venezuela and around the world. This is accomplished through annual World Championships, membership development, educational programs, scholarship distribution and working towards Olympic Surfing.
Visit the official event website www.isawbc.com where you will soon find photos, videos and the live webcast beginning on Saturday, October 12 with the Opening Ceremony. Competition begins on Sunday, October 13, and the Finals and Closing Ceremony will be Saturday, October 19.
The International Surfing Association (ISA), founded in 1964, is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing, StandUp Paddle (SUP) Racing and Surfing, Bodysurfing, Wakesurfing, and all other wave riding activities on any type of waves, and on flat water using wave riding equipment. The ISA crowned its first Men’s and Women’s World Champions in 1964. It crowned the first Big Wave World Champion in 1965; World Junior Champion in 1980; World Kneeboard Champions in 1982; World Longboard Surfing and World Bodyboard Champions in 1988; World Tandem Surfing Champions in 2006; World Masters Champions in 2007; and World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Champions in 2012.
ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 100 countries on five continents. Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California. It is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (Argentina), first elected President in 1994 in Rio de Janeiro. The ISA’s four Vice-Presidents are Karín Sierralta (PER), Layne Beachley (AUS), Casper Steinfath (DEN) and Barbara Kendall (NZL).