The ISA Will Return To Iquique For the 2015 ISA World Bodyboard Championship And The 2016 ISA World Masters Surfing Championship.
Team Chile made history this week at the 2014 ISA World Bodyboard Championship. Not only was this the first ever ISA World Championship hosted in the country, but Chile won the World Team Champion Trophy as well. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales
Team Chile will go down in the history books as the Gold Medal Team of the 2014 ISA World Bodyboard Championship that took place during the first ever ISA World Championship held in the country. The local team defended their home turf and walked away with the World Team Champion Trophy.
During the Closing Ceremony, the Mayor of Iquique Jorge Soria announced that Iquique will once again host the ISA World Bodyboard Championship in 2015, as well as the ISA World Masters Surfing Championship in 2016. After the announcement was made, the Mayor was joined on stage by the President of the Chilean Surfing Federation Juan Agustin Echeverria and ISA Director General Liam Ferguson to officially sign the agreement for the two ISA World Championships.
(from left to right) ISA Director General Liam Ferguson, Mayor of Iquique Jorge Soria and President of the Chilean Surfing Federation Juan Agustin Echeverria signed the contract to bring back the ISA World Bodyboard Championship in 2015 as well as to host the 2016 ISA World Masters Surfing Championship in Iquique.
ISA President Fernando Aguerre commented:
“This has been without a doubt a historic week for Chilean Surfing and Bodyboarding, a week that we will never forget. We have achieved a big step forward to transform Iquique and Chile as the surfing center of the world. It’s our intention that this week will work as a base for a long road ahead together with the ISA, the public and private sectors of Chile and the Chilean Surfing Federation to bring more ISA World Championships here in the future.”
“Today, with the Awards and Closing Ceremony, it’s the end of a week of competition, camaraderie and new friendships. Tomorrow when the athletes start going back home, they will not be just the National Delegations that came to the Bodyboard Championship in Iquique, rather they will leave as ambassadors of Iquique, of Chile and of the warmth of the Chilean people that welcomed us with open arms. Thank you and congratulations to all of you.”
On the Final Day of the ISA World Bodyboard Championship, the ISA Aloha Cup, a tag-team relay race competition, took place.
In the hard fought Semifinals, France and Brazil advanced to the Final, defeating Costa Rica and Argentina in the first heat. In the second Semifinal, Venezuela and Portugal advanced to the Final, defeating Chile and Ecuador.
The ISA Aloha Cup Final was a seesaw battle with the lead changing many times, but ultimately, France, showing great strategy and high-level bodyboarding, secured the first place in the end, earning 68.79 points. The French team made up of Amaury Lavernhe, Anne Cecile Lacoste, Max Castillo, Jeremy Arnoux and Alex Castillo, narrowly defeated Portugal (68.77), Brazil (63.83) and Venezuela (60.03).
Team France, ISA Aloha Cup Gold Medal. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales
The Closing Ceremony was held right after featuring the awards presentation to put an end to this amazing week of competition in one of the most iconic Bodyboarding breaks in Chile and all over the world.
The local dignitaries present to witness the historic Closing Ceremony were the Intendant of the Region of Tarapaca Mitchel Cartes Tamayo, the Mayor of Iquique Jorge Soria, the President of the City Council Mauricio Soria and President of the Chilean Surfing Federation Juan Agustin Echeverria.
The ceremony was filled with excitement and emotion as each individual division’s medalists were crowned and the respective Gold Medalist’s national anthems were presented. When Team Chile was announced as the Gold Medal Team, the crowd erupted in loud cheers.
Final Team Standings:
1 – Chile – 8,738
2 – France – 8,565
3 – South Africa – 8,336
4 – Portugal– 7,227
5 – Peru – 7,052
6 – Brazil– 6,504
7 – Venezuela – 6,361
8 – Costa Rica – 5,506
9 – Argentina – 5,050
10 – Ecuador– 4,950
11 – Puerto Rico – 3,670
12 – México – 1,980
13 – Panamá – 1,170
For a full list of today’s results, click here: http://isawbc.com/iquiquecl/results/
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), Kirsty Coventry (ZIM), Casper Steinfath (DEN) and Barbara Kendall (NZL).