Record-breaking 44 Nations to Kick off 2018 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship on Saturday

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Host nation USA looks to repeat Gold

361 surfers from a record-breaking 44 nations will kick off the 2018 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship – presented by Visit Huntington Beach – tomorrow at the Opening Ceremony.

The world's best juniors have been putting on a show at Huntington Beach pier in the pre-event warm ups. More swell is lined up to kick off the competition. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

The world’s best juniors have been putting on a show at Huntington Beach pier in the pre-event warm ups. More swell is lined up to kick off the competition. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

The international delegations of Under 18 boys and girls from all five continents of the world will march down Main Street in Huntington Beach, California for the Parade of Nations in a grand display of surfing’s youth culture and global reach. The event will then be officially inaugurated at the foot of the iconic Surf City USA Pier following the ISA’s signature Sands of the World Ceremony.

“We are looking forward to a talent-filled edition of the VISSLA ISA Juniors,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “This event has historically launched the careers of some of the sport’s biggest stars, as many of the world’s top surfers, both of the past and present, have jumped into the global spotlight with breakout performances in this event.

“Many of these boys and girls have their sights set on surfing’s upcoming debut in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. While this event is not a qualifier, they know a great junior performance will increase their chances to compete on their open teams at the 2019 and 2020 World Surfing Games, which will directly qualify athletes for Tokyo 2020.

“Huntington Beach has a long history of hosting world-class surfing events. We’ve seen many World Champions crowned at the city’s iconic pier and we are looking forward to crowning the next generation of youth to carry the torch into the future.”

A record amount of girls will take part in this edition, set to showcase their elite Surfing on the global stage. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

A record amount of girls will take part in this edition, set to showcase their elite Surfing on the global stage. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

The spotlight will be on the host and defending Team World Champion USA. The local team will aim for the Gold Medal with seven of the twelve surfers from their 2017 World Championship squad returning to compete. Additionally, with all twelve team members hailing from California, they will extra support from the local crowd.

The competition is scheduled to begin following the Opening Ceremony, if conditions permit. Stay tuned to www.isasurf.org for the official schedule.

The schedule for the event will be as follows*:

October 27 – Opening Ceremony at 10am, Main St. and Pier Plaza
October 27 – Competition to commence at 3pm, Huntington Beach Pier south side
October 28November 4 – Competition at Huntington Beach Pier south side, 7:30am – 5pm
November 4 – Closing Ceremony after competition

*Schedule subject to changes. All times in Pacific Standard Time.

To see the full schedule of activities, click here.

The 2018 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship will be streamed live on www.isasurf.org October 27 – November 4.

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 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).