Over 30 surfers from six countries arrived in Uruguay as members of their National Olympic Committees´ teams for this history making event
1st South American Beach Games
Punta del Este Uruguay
December 9 to 13, 2009
Dressed up with their Olympic National outfits the 36 surfers that will participate in the first edition of the South American Beach Games arrived today in Uruguay. They’re looking forward to the medals and the honor of participating in this historic first South American Beach Games that will be held from December 9 to 13 in the waves of Montoya, Punta del Este, Uruguay.
Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela will compete with strong full teams looking forward to win the medals in the following four divisions: Open Men, Open Women, Aloha Cup (Tag Team) and Air Show.
Some big surfing names will be participating in the Games. This include ISA Junior World Champions Jadson André and Alejo Muniz from Brazil; Latin American Champions Martín Passeri from Argentina, Francisco Bellorín and Rafael Pereira both from Venezuela, along with Pan American Champions Javier Swayne and Gabriel Aramburu from Peru.
The list of teams and its team members is the following
María Paz Usuna
María de los Santos
María Eugenia Rojas
A happy ISA President, Fernando Aguerre said about the upcoming event: “The inclusion of surfing in this ODESUR Beach Games, confirms the relevance of surfing in the global youth culture. Surfing is practiced by over 25 million people and its culture embraced by hundred of millions around the world. I’m sure surfing will add lots of excitement to these Games.”
Pan American Surfing Association President, Maile Aguerre commented: “The first edition of the South American Beach Games is very significant for me. I am very proud that our beloved sport is included in this important event. This surfing competition will bring further attention to Surfing within the Olympic Movement.”
With a five-day waiting period, the forecast is looking good to start the event on the 9th, with a 4 feet swell from the East and good conditions.
FOLLOW THE BEACH GAMES
The official website of the South American Beach Games is www.uruguay2009.com the dedicated Surfing contest website is www.surfingbeachgames.com. There you will find the results, photos, videos and all the news of surfing in the Beach Games.
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 104 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).