2017 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship
September 23 – October 1, Hyuga, Japan
- 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 (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.
Registration is currently $225 per entry. This will be increasing to $250 per entry starting on August 30th.
- Registration fees will be charged to each team member, managers, coaches, translators, medical staff, media, supporters and additional parties.
- Registration fees are charged PER division entry. For example, if a surfer is competing in both U16 and U18 Boys, TWO registration fees are required.
- Alternates must be identified and paid for prior to close of registration to be eligible for participation in the contest.
The benefits of registration include:
- Access to Official ISA Pre and Post Event Communications
- Invitations to Official Event Functions
- Participation in the Parade of Nations and Official Opening Ceremony
- Official Event T-Shirt
- Official gift bag with Rulebook, Event Program, Sticker, Poster, etc.
- Access to Team Tents at Contest Venue
- Water at Contest Venue
A nation will not be allowed to compete if it has any outstanding dues payable to the ISA. Contact ISA Finance and Administration Manager, Claudia Alvarez, at email@example.com to verify outstanding account balances.
- For Credit Card payments, pay through the ISA website here: http://www.isasurf.org/product/2017-event-registration/
- For Wire transfers, please contact the ISA for details.
Our local Event Hosts have organized discounted accommodation options through the following link: https://mice3.jtbgmt.com/wjsc2017/
To take advantage of these discounts, all bookings must be done through JTB Global Marketing & Travel (contact info in link above). JTB can also assist with shuttles and recommend rental car options if needed.
AIRPORT: Miyazaki Airport (KMI) – About 80km away from event site
How to get to Hyuga:
- Taxi : About \19,000 Time : 1hr 10 min
- Bus : \1,150 (JR Kyushu or Miyazaki Koutu) Time : 1hr 50 min (Only four times a day)
- Train : \1,410 Local train (JR Kyushu Nippo Main Line) Time : 1hr 30 min
\2,750 Rapid train (JR Kyushu Nippo Main Line) Time : 1hr “Recommended”
Feel free to contact JTB to inquire about rental car and shuttle options.
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 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
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.
ALL TEAMS MUST BE APPROVED BY THEIR NATIONAL FEDERATION. Each National Team has their own qualification process. If you are an athlete interested in competing and would like to inquire about qualification process with your respective National Surfing Federation, please visit our Membership Directory for contact information.
- Payment: To pay via credit card, please pay through the following link: http://www.isasurf.org/product/2017-event-registration/
- 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.
- If you prefer to pay via wire transfer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request an invoice
- Registration Paperwork: Must be completed online by all athletes and team officials no later than August 30: https://www.isasurf.org/athlete_registration
- On-Site Check-In Appointment: Teams are required to sign up for a 30 min on-site registration appointment on one of the following days:
- Wednesday, Sept 20
- Time: 9-5
- Thursday, Sept 21
- Time: 9-5
- Friday, Sept 22
- Time: 9-3 (Last appointment is at 2:30)!
- Wednesday, Sept 20
- BRING WITH YOU TO CHECK-IN
- Seeding Order Per Division – The ISA will be recording the seeding order of your athletes per division in order to create our heat sheets. Therefore, please come prepared with your order.
- Name of Flag Bearer and Sand Pourer – This will be recorded during your on-site check-in. Please decide the names of your athletes that will be going on stage at the Opening Ceremony to carry the flag and pour the sand.
- National Flag Stickers – The ISA requires all athletes to place the mandatory ISA Competitor and National Flag stickers on the top 1/3 of their board (front and back) prior to entering the water for their heats. ISA Competitor stickers will be distributed by the Beach Marshalls, and athletes are required to bring their own National Flag stickers to the event.
- Passports – All athletes’ nationality and ages must be confirmed. Actual passport and clear copies of passports must be provided at time of registration.
- Sand – 2.5 liters of dry sand from the beaches of your country for the Sands of the World Ceremony. Label the sand container with country and beach name.
- Team Pictures – During your appointment, the ISA Media Staff will be taking your individual and team pictures for the ISA Website. Please come dressed in uniform.
ATHLETE ATTENDANCE AT REGISTRATION All team athletes must be present at time of registration for personal verification of their identity by ISA officials. It is the Team Manager’s responsibility to ensure athletes are present during registration. Please arrange accordingly, since athletes not present will not be registered and will not be allowed participation in the competition. There shall be no exception to this requirement of physical attendance of competitors during registration of the team.