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36 National Teams Unite in Oceanside, California to Celebrate the ISA Spirit with the Parade of Nations and Sands of the World Ceremony

Flags_Of_The_World_ISA_Chris_GrantRepresentatives from 36 countries wave their national flag as ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, declares the competition open. Photo: ISA/Chris Grant

The 2015 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship was officially declared open in Oceanside, California, marking the largest gathering of the world’s best junior surfers.

In attendance were 322 athletes from 36 National Teams that travelled from around the world. Dignitaries present at the ceremony included Fernando Aguerre, ISA President, Jim Wood, Mayor of Oceanside, Paul Naude, VISSLA President, and Karin Sierralta, ISA Vice President, who welcomed the National Delegations and celebrated the opening of the competition. Also in attendance was a delegation from the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) to survey the San Diego region as a potential host of the 2017 World Beach Games.

The ceremony began with the Parade of Nations, as each National Team marched down the boardwalk in Oceanside waving their national flags. ISA President Fernando Aguerre led the parade to the Junior Seau Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre where the festivities continued with the Sands of the World Ceremony.

Parade_Of_Nations2_ISA_Chris_GrantThe 36 National Delegations parade down the Oceanside boardwalk, kicking off the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship. Photo: ISA/Chris Grant

After arriving to the amphitheater, two members from each team took to the main stage pouring sand from their local beach into the glass container while waving their national flag. The Sands of the Ceremony symbolizes the peaceful gathering nations of the world through surfing.

USA_Sands_SeanEvans_cropTeam USA Sand pourer, Colt Ward, and flag bearer, Tia Blanco, pour sand from Oceanside Beach. Photo: ISA/Sean Evans

ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, spoke to the international crowd in Oceanside.

“This is the largest ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in history. The 322 surfers from 36 countries will show us the present and future of Surfing.

“With Tokyo 2020’s recommendation to include Surfing in the Olympics, one of you could become the first Olympic Surfing Gold Medalist. As surfers, we will bring our love for the ocean, respect of the environment, passion for a better world, and our youthful culture to the Olympic family.”

After Aguerre, Jim Wood, the Mayor of Oceanside, addressed the crowd and declared October 11-18, 2015 International Surfing Week in the City of Oceanside, California with a proclamation.

VISSLA President, Paul Naude, followed with words for the junior surfers.

“As you all know, there is a WSL event going on right now in Europe. Many of the athletes competing in that event were once sitting where you are right now. This is the breeding ground for competitive and high performance surfing. You all will carry the torch of Surfing into the future.”

Adding to the festivities was a performance by the Dancing Cloud Singers from the San Luis Rey Mission Native Americans who played a traditional drum song to welcome the athletes to the USA.

Indian_DrumCircle_Fisheye_SeanEvansThe Dancing Cloud Singers perform a drum song for the audience at the Opening Ceremony. Photo: ISA/Sean Evans

The 2015 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship will take place from October 11-18. The schedule is as follows:

  • October 12-18 from 7am-5pm (PST) – Competition taking place at Oceanside Pier
  • Sunday, October 18 – Closing Ceremony at the Junior Seau Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre

See the Surfline Official Forecast: http://isaworlds.com/juniors/en/surfline-forecast/

For live action, photos, videos, news and event info, visit: www.ISAworlds.com

About the International Surfing Association:

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, Para 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; World StandUp Paddle (SUP, both surfing and racing) and Paddleboard Champions in 2012; and World Para Surfing Champions in 2015.

ISA membership includes the surfing National Federations of 108 countries on five continents. The ISA is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (ARG). The Executive Committee includes four Vice-Presidents Karín Sierralta (PER), Kirsty Coventry (ZIM), Casper Steinfath (DEN) and Barbara Kendall (NZL), Athletes’ Commission Chair Justine Dupont (FRA), Regular Members Atsushi Sakai (JPN) and Jean Luc Arassus (FRA) and ISA Executive Director Robert Fasulo as Ex-officio Member.

Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California (USA).