Surfing America, the International Surfing Association’s National Governing Body for surfing and bodyboarding in the United States, has been awarded the rights to host and organize the ISA World Surfing Games, set to take place in southern California in October of 2006.
Mike Gerard, Surfing America’s Executive Director, commented on the monumental affair stating, “Surfing America is deeply honored to host this most important ISA event in the United States. The World Surfing Games is the pinnacle of ISA Competition, and we embrace the opportunity to share our waters with the global surfing community. On behalf of American surfers everywhere, we look forward to producing a positive, memorable experience in the spirit of friendship, fair play, and mutual love and respect for the ocean environment and the wonderful gift it provides for us – the sport of surfing.”
Over twenty teams from 5 continents are expected to participate in this event to determine the world’s top surfing nations and to award individual titles in shortboard, bodyboard and longboard divisions.
Speaking from ISA headquarters in San Diego, ISA President Fernando Aguerre commented on the games stating, “The World Surfing Games are the “Olympics” of surfing bringing together the best surfers of every surfing nation in the world. The athletes compete representing their countries, not for money, but for honor. The finalists will be awarded gold, silver and bronze medals. It’s a life-changing experience, like no other surfing contest in the world.”
Surfing America and ISA are certain that the attending teams and visitors will take home some unforgettable experiences from this historical event that will be part of their lives forever.
Surfing America is recognized as the National Governing Body for surfing and all wave riding sports by the International Surfing Association (ISA). The ISA is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World Governing Authority for surfing.