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International Superstars of Surf Are Set to Compete for National Pride at World-Class Reef Break in Playa Popoyo

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A total of 27 countries and more than 150 athletes and coaches are confirmed to participate in the 2015 Nicaragua Unica Original ISA World Surfing Games presented by Lafise and Claro. Converging at the world-class break of Playa Popoyo, Nicaragua, each team consists of up to 4 Open Men and 2 Open Women surfers plus Team Officials.

nelly day 3 water-26Team Argentina is registered and ready for the 2015 Nicaragua Unica Original ISA World Surfing Games to begin. Photo: ISA/Dave Nelson

The confirmed countries include, Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, United States, Uruguay, US Virgin Islands and Venezuela.

Peru will return to defend the Team Gold Medal that they won at their home break of Punta Rocas in 2014 with their individual Women’s Gold Medalist Anali Gomez leading the charge. Argentina’s Leandro Usuna is also confirmed to return to contend for a repeat of the Men’s Gold Medal.

In addition to the return of the reigning champions, many of the world’s best surfers have come to Nicaragua to compete. Costa Rica’s Carlos Muñoz, USA’s Tia Blanco and Damien Hobgood, New Zealand’s Paige Hareb and Portugal’s Nic Von Rupp, will be giving their all every day in the name of their Nations.

“I am thrilled for the competition to begin on Monday. This ISA World Championship will feature the greatest surfers at the world-class reef break of Playa Popoyo, all surfing with the pride of their nation on their shoulders,” commented ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “This is a time for the world to look at Nicaragua and experience a true World Championship, with the National Surfing Teams from all over the planet.”

ISAswell052915The official Surfline forecast is calling for solid head-high waves to start the contest and a large swell to hit in the middle of the week, creating double overhead surf for the Finals. Image provided by Surfline.

Surfline, the official forecaster of the event, has predicted solid head-high waves with the occasionally larger sets for the opening days of competition. However, halfway through the event a sizeable SW swell is predicted to easily provide “overhead surf at Popoyo with occasional sets hitting the double overhead mark” for the quarters, semis and finals.

The full Surfline Forecast can be found on –

Competition begins Monday with the live webcast starting at 8:00am local time.

Monday, 8:00am Playa Popoyo, Nicaragua
Monday, 7:00am Los Angeles, USA
Monday, 11:00am Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Monday, 4:00pm Paris, France
Tuesday, 12:00am Sydney, Australia

Tune into the live webcast here –