44 Nations from All Continents Set to Embark on Quest for Junior Surfing Gold Medals

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343 U-18 surfers to participate in the Parade of Nations and Sands of the World on Saturday at Vissla ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in Huntington Beach

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The 2019 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship presented by Visit Huntington beach is set to kick off on Saturday, October 26 as 343 surfers from a record-matching 44 nations are ready to embark on their journeys for Gold Medals.

The world’s best junior surfers have been enjoying the warm weather and clean conditions in the free surfs at Huntington Beach Pier ahead of the competition. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

The world’s best junior surfers have been enjoying the warm weather and clean conditions in the free surfs at Huntington Beach Pier ahead of the competition. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

The Opening Ceremony, featuring the festive Parade of Nations and unique Sands of the World, will inaugurate the competition at 10am at Main St. and Pier Plaza in ‘Surf City USA’.

The Parade of Nations will feature all of the record 44 nations marching down Main St. in displays of national pride, showcasing Surfing’s youthful energy to the world. The Sands of the World Ceremony, which will follow, is a significant moment in all ISA Global Events where a member from each team pours sand from their local beaches into a container, symbolizing the peaceful gathering of nations of the world through surfing. 

The event will be broadcast live on www.isasurf.org

All medaling nations from the 2018 edition, which also took place in Huntington Beach, will be present in 2019. Japan (Gold), USA (Silver), Australia (Bronze), and Hawaii (Copper) are the returning medalists looking reclaim their spots on the podium.

Team France, the 2016 Gold Medalist and 2018 fifth place finisher, will look to regain a spot on the podium. 

Israel’s Eliya Sasi putting his talent on display during team warm-ups. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

Israel’s Eliya Sasi putting his talent on display during team warm-ups. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

Team Peru’s Girls U-18 surfer and Panamerican Women’s Gold Medalist Daniella Rosas, said:

“Winning the ISA World Juniors is a dream of all young surfers in the world. It means everything to me. I’ve already been dreaming about it for a few years.

“This event will help our team expand our surfing a ton and will give us a lot of confidence that we can perform among the world’s best.

“As a team, finishing in the top eight would be a great result. Personally, I would like to make the Girls U-18 Final and win Gold.” 

Team Japan’s 2018 Boys U-18 Gold Medalist, Keanu Kamiyama, said: 

“Personally, I just want to do my best surfing. As a team, we think teamwork is the best path to success and we will do our best to defend the Gold Medal. 

“Last year I feel that I was a bit lucky winning the Gold, so this year I want to prove myself. A good result again in 2019 will give me more confidence competing on the WSL Qualifying Series next year and launching my career as a professional.” 

The world’s best junior will contest the Gold Medal on the south side of Huntington Beach’s iconic Pier. Photo: ISA / Naslo Bustamante

The world’s best junior will contest the Gold Medal on the south side of Huntington Beach’s iconic Pier. Photo: ISA / Naslo Bustamante

ISA President Fernando Aguerre, said:

“Another historic edition of the VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship is set to get underway at the iconic surf spot of Huntington Beach Pier.

“Since Surfing’s Olympic inclusion, we have been telling the competitors in this event that among them are future Olympians. For a few junior surfers from Japan and Peru, that dream is nearly a reality as they have earned provisional qualification, the Olympic dream coming full circle with the youth of the sport. 

“The world’s best have asserted themselves at a young age through this World Championship, and surely the Gold Medalists that we crown at the end of the competition will become names to remember for years to come.” 

The 2019 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship will be broadcast live October 26 – November 3 on isasurf.org.

The event schedule is as follows*:

October 26 – Opening Ceremony 10:00am – 12:00pm; Parade of Nations down Main St. and Sands of the World Ceremony at Pier Plaza
October 26 – Potential start to competition, 3pm on the south side of Huntington Beach Pier
October 27 – November 3 – Competition on the south side of Huntington Beach Pier, 7:30am – 5pm
November 3 – Closing Ceremony at Pier Plaza following the close of competition 

*Subject to changes. Pacific Standard Time.

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, 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 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).

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