2017 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship
September 23 – October 1, Hyuga, Japan
More information coming soon.
Visit the event website of the 2016 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship here.
- Wed, Sept 20 – Thurs, Sept 21:
- Team Arrival and On-Site Check-In
- Fri, Sept 22:
- 9am-3pm Team Arrival and On-Site Check-In (closes at 3pm SHARP)
- 7pm – Managers’ Meeting
- Sat, Sept 23:
- Parade of Nations and Open Ceremony
- Potential Event Start in Afternoon (TBD)
- Sun, Sept 24 – Sun, Oct 1
- Main Rounds & Repechage
- Closing Ceremony October 1st after Finals
*Event Schedule can be subject to change by the ISA
TEAM SIZE AND AGE DIVISIONS:
- U18 Boys – 4
- U 18 Girls – 2
- U 16 Boys – 4
- U 16 Girls – 2
- Alternates, Team Officials and Team Supporters – No limit
This event has a LIMIT ON THE NUMBER OF ATHLETES PERMITTED, so the ISA urges teams to finalize and complete your team registration and payment as soon as possible.
AN ATHLETE IS NOT GUARANTEED A SPACE IN THE EVENT WITHOUT REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT.
Prior to the opening of online registration, please familiarize yourself with the required next steps and prepare your team rosters:
- Team Roster: Send an email to Megan Burns (email@example.com) with the names and emails of all athletes and team officials. If you do not yet know the exact names of your athletes yet, it is still urgent that you respond with the NUMBER of athletes per division that you plan to have representing your team. Once again, space is limited for this event so it is very important you communicate these details as soon as possible.
- Payment: Via credit card or wire transfer. Once you have sent your team roster to Megan, we can proceed with payment.
- Online Registration Paperwork: ALL registered attendees (both athletes and coaches) must fill out their required registration paperwork no later than Friday, September 1st through the following link: coming soon
- On-Site Registration: Once your team has completed the above steps, you will need to sign up for a 30 min on-site check-in appointment during Sept 20 (9am-5pm), Sept 21 (9am-5pm) or Sept 22 (9am-3pm). Appointments are made on a first-come-first-serve basis with priority going to teams that have completed payment and paperwork.
Our local Event Hosts are working on discounted accommodation rates for attending teams. Check back soon.
The ISA will ONLY accept a valid passport from the country the athlete is representing as proof of nationality for participation in World Championship events. The only exception is for National Identification cards issued by the National Government of the team country that clearly shows “Nationality or Citizenship.” Note: Such a card showing place of birth but not Nationality or Citizenship of the athlete will not be accepted, as place of birth does not provide automatic citizenship in many countries.
The ISA will not accept any other form of government documentation supporting a passport or eligibility of passport to verify nationality. This policy has been updated in the ISA rulebook.
Once a competitor has surfed for a country in any ISA event, he/she generally may not surf for another country at future ISA sanctioned International Events. If an athlete is allowed to represent a second nation based on the conditions set forth in Paragraph b of By-Laws to rule outlined below, he/she may not change back to representing his/her original country. Special exemptions may be considered, however, after presentation to the Executive Committee at least three (3) months prior to the start of any ISA sanctioned event. Requests for exemption will only be considered if received in writing through the affiliated NGB to the Executive Committee via the ISA office, with certified copies of all relevant documentation (passport, letters from/to National Sports Organizations or Home Affairs Offices, etc) accompanying the representation. *Please see the ISA rulebook for By-Laws.
Passports & Visas
Please check with your travel agent or your Foreign Affairs Department for requirements.
Please contact your Foreign affairs department for further information.
The ISA strongly recommends that each team procures travel insurance (including, but not limited to accident, liability and medical) for all of their participants.
CLICK HERE to view the ISA Rulebook
Drug Testing will follow the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) guidelines and will be conducted on or around the final day of competition. All finalists plus three (3) random tests will be conducted.
If an athlete is required to take medication to treat an illness or condition which happens to fall under the Prohibited List, a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) may give that athlete the authorization to take the needed medicine. Please contact the ISA to submit all TUEs at least 30 days prior to the start of the competition.
For more information on the ISA’s Anti-Doping Policy, and to view WADA’s 2017 List of Prohibited Substances, please click here: http://www.isasurf.org/development-programs/anti-doping/
Japan is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean consisting of four major islands and many smaller islands. It is a very mountainous country comparable in size to California or Germany with three-fourths of the population living in urban areas.
Japan has a long and rich history and the world’s longest continuous monarchy, which started in 660BC by Emperor Jimmu. Japan is probably most known for its long period of civil war and the Edo period, the long period of peace and isolation. During the Edo Period, samurai ruled the nation under the emperor and a shogun (warlord). This ended in the mid-1800s when America forced Japan to reengage with the world. Following this, Japan quickly developed into an industrial nation. It used its new industrial power to attempt to conquer east-Asia and the pacific islands, until it was finally defeated, ending world war 2. Following the war, Japan rebuilt itself as a peaceful nation and economic powerhouse.
Japanese continue to preserve and practice many of their traditional customs even today. Some of these traditions have become popular worldwide such as martial arts and meditation while others only thrive with a select crowd such as tea ceremony, calligraphy, and pottery. Festivals and religious practices also serve to carry on Japan’s long traditions into the modern day. Many of these festivals are very much a part of regional identity and pride. Modern Japanese pop culture is also known throughout the world such as world class animation, comic books, and video games.
Miyazaki Prefecture is located on the east coast of the island of Kyushu, the third largest island in Japan.
Hyuga is a small, but prominent port city in northern Miyazaki prefecture. As of March 2017, the city has an estimated population of 62,725 making it the 4th largest city in Miyazaki Prefecture.
According to legend, the first Japanese Emperor, Jimmu, came from the Miyazaki area. He launched his conquest of Yamato from Mimitsu (southern Hyuga) and traveled to the Kansai area.
There is a boulder of naturally fused pebbles near the sea at Omi Shrine in Hyuga City. This is supposedly the great rock (Sazare Stone) mentioned in the Japanese National Anthem.
Culture, Food, etc.
The first Friday and Saturday of August every year mark the Hyuga Hyottoko Summer Festival, the biggest festival in Hyuga City. For two days, central Hyuga is taken over by over 2,000 dancers and over 70,000 spectators.
The festival features the folk characters, Hyottoko, Okame and Fox, brought to life with masks, vibrant red costumes and a comical dance. The Hyottoko dance has been performed in Hyuga for hundreds of years and the tradition lives on today in this festival.
Hyuga makes use of our rich nature and warm temperatures through our agriculture and fishing. Here, you can enjoy fresh and inexpensive dishes made from local specialties such as sashimi, Miyazaki beef, Hyuga Chicken, and pork.
Hyuga Sun Park Onsen is a hot spring near Hyuga where you can relax in an open-air bath while watching the Pacific Ocean. It is an ideal environment for athletes to relax at the end of the day.
The history of surfing in Hyuga City started at Kanegahama Beach in the 1960’s. In 1969, Suzuki Sanpei, a former Japan Senior Champion, moved to Kanegahama, Hyuga and started Board Factory.
In 1972, Hyuga local Nobuo Mimata became the all-Japan champion. Following his win, the Hyuga area gained notability and surfing continued to grow.
In 1990, the ISA World Surfing Games was held in Miyazaki. Okuragahama Beach became even more popular in the 2000’s because of the arrival of major competitions such as the All Japan Surfing Championship and WSL QS 1000 Hyuga Pro. Now, Hyuga City has become one of the top surfing spots in Japan.
Okuragahama in Hyuga is one of the most famous surf spot in Miyazaki prefecture .Many surfers enjoy fun beach breaks along the three kilometers long stretch of coastline. Okuragahama has reliable beachbreaks thorough the year, but the best waves are typically from September to the beginning of October. Because of typhoon swells coming off the Pacific Ocean, the waves tend to be high. The beach is also very open and wide; with little interference you can expect larger sustained waves before breaking.
At the very right end of the beach, near the tetrapod there is a sheltered spot that can be surf on big days when all the other banks are closing out.
Thanks to the surrounding mountains summer dominant south winds (onshore) don’t affect the surf in the area and tend to be offshore.
The point chosen for the contest venue is an “A-frame “point formed by the currents created by the tetrapod. The right is long and mellow. The left is often smaller but allow long rides too.
In the north of the beach a right-hander and a fast left offer long rides as well.
When the size is getting big, the current along the tetrapod make paddling out easy.
Remember it is better to wear beach sandals to cross the beach in hot summer days.
The water temperature during this season is quite warm. It will not fall below 26°C (78°F).
There will be people wearing wetsuit tops or spring suits, but many people surf in a swimsuit without a wetsuit.
The contest will take place at the end of the summer, so expect mild weather. On sunny days the sunshine is strong and there are rare days when the temperature exceeds 30°C (86°F).
Typhoon season in this region usually ends around mid-September, so the chances of a typhoon making landfall is very low. Typhoons make landfall in late September only once every several years.
Average temperature from late September to early October
Wave Height: 2 feet to 6 feet
Temperature: Avg 24.9°C (76.8°F) Max 29.6°C (85.3°F) Min 22°C (71.6°F)
Currency Information: Official currency and exchange rate
Official currency: Japanese Yen (JPY)
Exchange rate: JPY 114 = USD 1
There are not many currency exchanges in town but post offices and banks offer this service.
If you have a card that can be used overseas, you can withdraw Japanese yen at most ATMs.
Most convenience stores and post offices have ATMs inside.
The media exposure this contest can provide you, your NGB and your athletes is absolutely priceless. Please submit a list of key media contacts in your region to the ISA so that they may receive ISA press releases. We also ask that you forward local media coverage before and after the event to the ISA so we may use it to promote surfing worldwide. Please contact Evan Quarnstrom at firstname.lastname@example.org.