ISA World Bodyboard Championship
Playa Parguito, Isla Margarita, Venezuela
The Venezuelan Surfing Federation (FVS) and the International Surfing Association (ISA) are excited to announce the return of the ISA World Bodyboard Championship to Playa Parguito on beautiful Margarita Island, Venezuela, located in the South East Caribbean Sea.
The ISA World Bodyboard Championship will take place at this tropical location for the second consecutive year, from October 12-19, with the participation of the world’s best bodyboarders, who will compete for the Team Champion Trophy and Individual Medals.
Each 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), and Open Dropknee (1).
“We are excited that for the second year in a row, Venezuela will be hosting the ISA World Bodyboard Championship,” remarked ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “Venezuela, its beautiful white sand beaches and warm-hearted people of Playa Margarita welcomed the world’s best bodyboarders with open arms last year, and we look forward to our return this October. Thanks to the support of the Venezuelan Government, the sponsors and the Venezuelan Surfing Federation for organizing what promises to be great event.”
For the second consecutive year, Playa Parguito will host the ISA World Bodyboard Championship, taking place October 12-19 in Venezuela.
“In the name of the Republic of Venezuela and the Venezuelan Surfing Federation (FVS), it is a pleasure, for the second year in a row, to welcome all of the countries that will be participating in the ISA World Bodyboard Championship,” commented FVS President, Antonio Sotillo.
“I hope everyone’s stay will be pleasant and filled with excellent waves in the paradise that is Isla Margarita. Finally, we appreciate the confidence of the International Surfing Association and its President, Fernando Aguerre, by trusting us once again with the opportunity to host a World Championship,” concluded Sotillo.
Located north of Venezuela in the Caribbean Sea, Margarita Island, with more than 2,000Km of white sand beaches, is the most famous bodyboarding beach in Venezuela.
Playa Parguito will once again be the host of the competition. Located in the northeast side of Margarita Island, with more than 2,000Km of white sand beaches, it’s the most famous bodyboarding beach in Venezuela, where competitions are held regularly. Playa Parguito receives direct swells from the Atlantic Ocean, with waves that can reach 6 feet, averaging in the of 3-4 feet range throughout the year.
Bodyboarding was first included in the ISA World Surfing Games in 1988, with Chris Cunningham from the USA taking home the Gold Medal. In 2011, the first stand-alone ISA World Bodyboard Championship was held in Galdar, Canary Islands, Spain. This is the third annual stand-alone ISA World Bodyboard Championship.
Brazil is the defending 2012 World Team Champion, with France taking the Silver Medal, Venezuela the Bronze Medal, and South Africa the Copper Medal.
The ISA World Bodyboard Championship will start with the traditional Opening Ceremony, including the Parade of the Nations and the Sands of the World Ceremony on Saturday, October 12. The competition will begin on Sunday, October 13, with the finals on Saturday, October 19, when the Team and Individual World Champions will be crowned.
Follow all the action and the live webcast on the official event website www.isawbc.com.
The International Surfing Association (ISA), founded in 1964, is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. The ISA governs and defines Surfing as Shortboard, Longboard & Bodyboarding, 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, both surfing and racing) and Paddleboard Champions in 2012.
ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 103 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).