Teams Announced For The 2013 Reef ISA World Surfing Games In Panama
Official Forecast Calls for Great Surf Conditions for the Duration of the Contest Period
A total of 24 countries and over 150 athletes and coaches are confirmed to compete in the 2013 Reef ISA World Surfing Games, in the tropical surf town of Santa Catalina, located 6 hours from Panama City by car. Each National Team consists of up to 4 Open Men and 2 Open Women surfers plus Team Officials.
The confirmed countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
"There are only a few days to go before the Opening Ceremony and the start of the 2013 Reef ISA World Surfing Games. All National Teams have been announced and the athletes have begun to arrive in the surf town of Santa Catalina, Panama," remarked ISA President Fernando Aguerre.
"The surfers will be practicing at the world-class reef break waves in preparation for the World Championship that begins with the Opening Ceremony on Saturday and the competition on Sunday. Great surfing conditions and waves in the head high to overhead range in Panama's 84 degree (29 C) water are welcoming the delegations. As I like to remind all competitors, representing your country for national pride is one of the highest honors. You are already a winner by competing on behalf of your National Surfing Team."
"Plenty of contestable waves are lining up for the entire event; starting off with a solid SSW swell, then possibly ending with another good SW swell. At least for the first few days or so, conditions are looking good as well, with mornings offering the best wind with incoming tide," said Surfline Forecaster Jonathan Warren. "At this point, we're looking at head high sets or better for the entire event."
Below is a full list of the confirmed teams. Please note team registration closes on Friday and is subject to change. The final list will be found at isawsg.com/teams
Maria Lucia Belen Cosoleto
Juan Manuel Santamaria
Maximilian Cross Gantes
Francisco Gana Molina
Costa Rica (To be announced)
Otoney Xavier Santos
Porfiro Alexis Miranda Miranda
Juan Carlos Ramos Amaya
Samuel de Jesus Arenival Cordova
Israel Antonio Arenivar Cordova
Katherine Carolina Diaz Hernandez
Eveline del Carmen Cento Alvarez
Greta Dalle Luche
Jose Manuel Trujillo
Leila Figueroa Takeda
Gian Carlos Gonzales
Jose Alejanndro Camarena
Oralndo Ortega Jr.
Ness De Icaza
Cristobal De Col
Anali Jessica Gomez Quiroz
Brian Reithmayer Toth
Kelly Ann Laide
David Van Zyl
Swen Diego Zaugg
Nataly Bernold Gutierrez
Jean Carlo Schaffer
Maria Eugenia Rojas
About the International Surfing Association
The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. It was originally founded as the International Surfing Federation in 1964 and has been running the Open Division World Championship since 1964, the World Junior Surfing Championship since 1980, the World Masters Surfing Championship since 2007, the World Bodyboard Championship since 2011, the Hainan Wanning Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival in China, and the World Standup Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship beginning in 2012. The ISA also sanctions the World Kneeboard Titles and the World Tandem Surfing Championship, and will launch the World Longboard Championship in 2013. ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 73 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 and re-elected seven times since. The ISA's four Vice-Presidents are Alan Atkins (AUS), Karín Sierralta (PER), Debbie Beacham (USA) and Layne Beachley (AUS).
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