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World’s Best Bodyboarders Set to Showcase their Talent at the World-Class Break Punta 1 December 6-13 

FRA_Amaury Laverhne_Rommel_Gonzales2014 Dropknee Gold Medalist and Open Men Silver Medalist, France’s Amaury Laverhne, competes at Punta 1 at the 2014 ISA World Bodyboard Championship. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales

The 2015 ISA World Bodyboard Championship will return to Chile for the second consecutive year at the wave-rich, northern city of Iquique. The defending Team Champion, Chile, will be looking to repeat their feat from 2014 and defend their home break.

The world’s best bodyboarders, hailing from all corners of the world, will gather in Chile to showcase their talent and compete at the world-class break Punta 1. The athletes will vie for individual medals and the coveted World Team Champion Trophy.

1nfinalTeam Chile celebrates after being crowned the 2014 Team Gold Medalist alongside Jorge Soria, the Mayor of Iquique. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales

“We are ecstatic to return to the warm, welcoming city of Iquique, Chile for the 2015 ISA World Bodyboard Championship and continue the strong relationship between the ISA and the Chilean Surfing Federation,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “The 2014 edition of the ISA World Championship resulted in an amazing level of competition and team camaraderie that will be raised even higher in 2015. The ISA looks forward to crowning ISA World Bodyboard Champions for the second consecutive year in Chile and a long-term relationship between Chile and the ISA.”

POR_Teresa Almeida_Rommel_Gonzales (1)Portugal’s Teresa Almeida pulls into a right barrel in Iquique on her way to being crowned Women Open Champion in 2014. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales

Each National Team at the 2015 ISA World Bodyboard Championship will consist of a maximum of seven athletes competing in the following categories: Open Men (3), Open Women (1), Junior Under-18 Boys (1), Junior Under-18 Girls (1), and Open Dropknee (1).

Bodyboarding was first included in the ISA World Surfing Games in 1988, with Chris Cunningham from the USA taking home the Gold Medal. In 2011, the first stand-alone ISA World Bodyboard Championship was held in Galdar, Canary Islands, Spain. The 2012 and 2013 editions took place at Playa Parguito in Margarita Island, Venezuela.

The ISA World Bodyboard Championship will start with the traditional Opening Ceremony, including the Parade of the Nations and the Sands of the World Ceremony on December 6th. The competition will begin on the 7th, with the finals and Closing Ceremony on the 13th, when the Team and Individual World Champions will be crowned.

The action will be webcasted live on from December 6-13.

The schedule for the 2015 ISA World Bodyboard Championship will be as follows:

  • Sunday, December 6 – Opening Ceremony featuring the Parade of Nations and Sands of the World
  • Monday December 7- Sunday December 13 – Competition taking place at Punta 1
  • Sunday December 13 – Closing Ceremony and Awards Ceremony



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, Para 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; World StandUp Paddle (SUP, both surfing and racing) and Paddleboard Champions in 2012; and World Para Surfing Champions in 2015.

ISA membership includes the surfing National Federations of 108 countries on five continents. The ISA is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (ARG). The Executive Committee includes four Vice-Presidents Karín Sierralta (PER), Kirsty Coventry (ZIM), Casper Steinfath (DEN) and Barbara Kendall (NZL), Athletes’ Commission Chair Justine Dupont (FRA), Regular Members Atsushi Sakai (JPN) and Jean Luc Arassus (FRA) and ISA Executive Director Robert Fasulo as Ex-officio Member.

Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California (USA).