On the back of the ISA’s recent announcement that Hyuga, Japan will be the host of the 2017 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship from September 23 to October 1, the Mayor of Hyuga, Kouhei Toya, had the following to say:
“We at Hyuga City are deeply honored to host the world’s largest junior surfing competition later this year, the first time this competition will be held in Japan.
“I believe that Hyuga City was chosen in part because of our recent activities promoting Surfing at Okuragahama, one of the Japan’s top surf spots, our bid to host the 2020 Olympic Surfing Competition, and our efforts with “Relax Surf Town Hyuga,” a new city development plan which places surfing at its core.
“I hope to see many of the attending competitors return to Japan in 3 years as representatives of their countries at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. We at Hyuga City will handle preparations and management, doing our utmost to ensure all competitors and guests are completely satisfied.
“We hope that in addition to the competition, all competitors and guests enjoy Hyuga and Miyazaki, our oceans, and our delicious food while they are here.
“Finally I would like to express my deepest appreciation to ISA President Fernando Aguerre and everyone at the ISA who made this decision. I would also like to thank the NSA Chairman, Sakai, Vice Chairman, Imoto, and everyone in Miyazaki prefecture for their hard work in bringing this competition to Hyuga.”
For more information on the announcement, see Japan to Host 2017 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship.