ISA World Bodyboard Championship Starts Tomorrow in Venezuela

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Bodyboarders from around the world gather at Playa Parguito and are enjoying the freesurf sessions prior to the start of the ISA World Bodyboard Championship. Photo: ISA WBC
Bodyboarders from around the world gather at Playa Parguito and are enjoying the freesurf sessions prior to the start of the ISA World Bodyboard Championship. Photo: ISA WBC

Margarita Island is ready to receive the best bodyboarders from around the globe

ISA World Bodyboard Championship
November 24 to December 2, 2012
Playa Parguito, Margarita Island, Venezuela

After a great event in the Canary Islands in 2011, Venezuela is ready to host the world’s best bodyboarders, who have already arrived in Playa Parguito, in the beautiful Margarita Island, Venezuela.

40 athletes are training to compete for the glory of becoming the world’s best bodyboarder starting tomorrow Saturday, November 24th and ending next Sunday, December 2nd.

This is the first of two World Bodyboard Championships that will be held in Venezuela, after the Venezuelan Surfing Federation recently committed to hosting the event in 2013 as well. Also, it’s the first ISA event that Venezuela has ever hosted.

“We are excited that Venezuela will be hosting the 2012 and 2013 ISA World Bodyboard Championship. This is a great boost for the sport and for bodyboard in Venezuela”, said ISA President, Fernando Aguerre. “The public and private sector’s support of this country to Bodyboarding, to its athletes and surfing in general, is a great example for other nations of the world.”

Team Venezuela is ready and excited to take on the world’s best bodyboarders in their home country at the ISA World Bodyboard Championship. Photo: ISA WBC
Team Venezuela is ready and excited to take on the world’s best bodyboarders in their home country at the ISA World Bodyboard Championship. Photo: ISA WBC

Nine teams have been confirmed so far to be part of this new edition of the ISA World Bodyboard Championship. They are: Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, France, Japan, Mexico, Peru, South Africa and Venezuela.

France is the defending World Champion. In last year’s event, the French team won the Gold Medal after defeating the home team, Spain (Silver Medal), Chile (Bronze Medal) and Morocco (Copper Medal) in the Canary Islands.

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. This side of the island receives swells from the Atlantic Ocean, with waves that can reach over 6 feet, with an average of 3-4 feet year round.

Follow all the event’s action from the official event website www.isawbc.com where you can get all the daily highlights, pictures and results.

About the International Surfing Association

The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. It was originally founded as the International Surfing Federation in 1964 and has been running the Open Division World Championship since 1964, the World Junior Surfing Championship since 1980, the World Masters Surfing Championship since 2007, the World Bodyboard Championship since 2011, and the Hainan Wanning Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival in China and the World Standup Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship beginning in 2012. The ISA also sanctions the World Kneeboard Titles and the World Tandem Surfing Championship, and will launch the World Longboard Championship in 2013.

ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 72 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 and re-elected seven times since.  The ISA’s four Vice-Presidents are Alan Atkins (AUS), Karín Sierralta (PER), Debbie Beacham (USA) and Layne Beachley (AUS).

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