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Youth of Surfing to Take Over Oceanside, CA October 11-18

Taking place from October 11-18, the 2015 VISSLA International Surfing Association (ISA) World Junior Surfing Championship will unleash the world’s best Under-18 surfers in Oceanside, CA to compete in the name of their nation. 

Since the first ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in 1980 launched the career of Tom Curren, this event has been recognized as the ultimate breeding grounds for the world’s next wave of premier surfers. The ISA World Junior event has crowned the likes of Gabriel Medina, Julian Wilson, Jordy Smith, Alejo Muniz, Filipe Toledo, Owen Wright, Stephanie Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons, Laura Enever and Tyler Wright. 

For eight consecutive days in October, the 2015 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship will showcase four divisions of youth talent including: Men’s Under-18, Women’s Under-18, Men’s Under-16 and Women’s Under-16. Additionally, once every division has been completed an overall Team Champion will be crowned.

“When it comes to forward thinking, the VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship has been the preeminent platform to pick out the surfer of tomorrow,” said VISSLA President Paul Naude. “VISSLA is more excited than ever to be a part of this ISA World Championship, and to bring it back to California for the first time since 2005 is something we take a great pride in. We look forward to seeing Surfing’s top youth take over Oceanside for this 8-day event and give us a glimpse of the future.” 

Last year, Team Hawaii took home the overall win with a sweep in both of the women’s divisions with Tatiana Weston-Webb taking the Under-18 Junior World Championship title and Mahina Maeda winning the Under-16. This year Team Hawaii will look to Maeda to lead the team to another ISA World Championship title. 

HAW_Mahina_Maeda4_ISA_Rommel_GonzalesMahina Maeda (HAW) being chaired up the beach following her 2014 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship final heat win to earn her the Under-16 Gold Medal. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales

“We are proud to bring together the absolute best junior surfers from around the world to compete in this ISA World Championship,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “This is more than just a competition, this is an opportunity for a sneak peek at the future of surfing. The ISA World Junior Surfing Championship has crowned everyone from legend Tom Curren to current WSL World Champion Gabriel Medina, and I cannot wait to see what talent this year’s event brings.” 

For additional competition information and registration, visit – ISA World Juniors

About International Surfing Association
The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World Governing Authority for Surfing, StandUp Paddle (SUP) Surfing and Racing and all other wave riding activities. The ISA has been crowning World Champions in surfing since 1964, with the ultimate mission to develop surfing globally.

VISSLA is a clothing brand that represents creative freedom, a forward-thinking philosophy, and a generation of creators and innovators. VISSLA embraces the modern do-it-yourself attitude within surf culture, performance surfing, and craftsmanship. This is a surf-everything and ride-anything mentality.

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).