From 24 May, the world’s top junior surfing stars are set to gather on France’s southwest coast, where they will compete for the 2008 Quiksilver ISA World Junior SurfingChampionship.
Organized by the French Surfing Federation (FFS) with the support of the French Ministry of Sport, Youth and Health and sanctioned by the International Surfing Association (ISA), this major meeting on the surfing calendar is returning to Francefor the first time since 1992 (when it was held in Lacanau, and won by ChadEdser).
The ISA World Junior Surfing Championships is uniquely imbued with the Olympic spirit, as it is officially recognized by the IOC.
Unlike the formats commonly adopted for professional surfing competitions, the almost 300 competitors will be grouped into national teams, and will surf in official representation of their countries. In addition to the individual World Junior Champions titles, they will also be competing together for the title Junior Team World Champion. The winners will be awarded the ISA World Junior Team Champion. The current World Team champion is Australia, who won it last year in Costa de Caparica, Portugal.
There will be a distinct Olympic feel to proceedings as well. Highlights are set to include the grand Parade of Nations in Hossegor on May 24th, and the procession will end with the now traditional Sands of the World Ceremony.
The official competition venue has just been unveiled as Plage du Penon, Seignosse.
For complete details on the ISA Games check out: ISASurf.org.