United States to Host the International Event in Huntington Beach, Beginning October 8, 2005 with the Opening Ceremonies
Huntington Beach, Calif., September 15, 2005 – The 2005 Quiksilver ISAWorld Junior Surfing Championships will bring the best junior surfersfrom all corners of the globe to compete for the prestigious worldjunior surfing title October 8-16, 2005 in Surf City USAT; HuntingtonBeach, Calif. U.S.A. The event will be hosted by Surfing America, thenational governing body for the sport of surfing in the United States.
In what is considered the Olympics of Junior Surfing, junior surfers 18and under will represent their respective countries as they vie for teamand individual gold, silver, bronze and copper medals. Surfers willcompete in one of three divisions: Boys Under 18, Girls Under 18 andBoys Under 16. Teams from Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Brazil,Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Hawaii,Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, PuertoRico, South Africa, Tahiti, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, UnitedStates and Venezuela are confirmed to attend.
"We are thrilled about the substantial increase in the number ofcompetitors and national teams over the last event," said FernandoAguerre, president of the ISA. "Being part of a national team is a lifechanging experience. The camaraderie, the stoke of wearing the nationaluniforms, carrying the flag and joining over 400 people from all overthe world at an ISA event, is an unparalleled experience."
In a colorful display of ISA tradition, the 2005 Quiksilver ISA WorldJunior Surfing Championships will kick off with the "Parade of Nations"and the "Sands of the World" ceremonies. In the "Parade of Nations,"each team will march down the Huntington Beach pier and through thecontest area with their nations' flags, leading into the "Sands of theWorld" ceremony, when each team will pour sand brought from theirrespective country into a large acrylic box. All of the sand will becombined in a ceremonious display of unity and brotherhood. The openingceremonies will begin Saturday, October 8, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. near theHuntington Beach Pier. Competition will begin Sunday, October 9, 2005at 8:00 a.m.
The first World Junior Surfing Championships, sanctioned by theInternational Surfing Association (ISA), the world governing authorityfor the sport of surfing as recognized by the International OlympicCommittee (IOC), were in Durban, South Africa in 2003. The followingyear, the contest was held in Papenoo, Tahiti. The turnout for thisyear's contest is remarkable with a 30 percent increase from last yearin the number of confirmed teams and a 50 percent increase in the numberof athletes competing. Prior to 2003, a Junior World Championship washeld as part of the historic biennial World Surfing Games, but wasseparated into its own event after 2002 in order to provide a singularfocus for world junior surfing. The World Surfing Games has a storiedhistory, dating back to 1964, with the first event being held in Manly,Australia. In 1980, Tom Curren was crowned the first ever world juniorsurfing champion when he won the junior division competition at theWorld Surfing Games in Biarritz, France.
"Surfing America is very proud to host this year's contest. We trulyfeel privileged to have the honor of representing the United States tothe global surfing community," said Mike Gerard, executive director ofSurfing America. "For the athletes, this is an incredible experiencefor their surfing careers. They have worked so hard to make it thisfar. We would like to thank our sponsors Quiksilver, Billabong, BodyGlove, O'neill, OP, Reef, Rip Curl and our media sponsors FUEL TV,Surfer, Surfing, SG, Surf Life for Women, TransWorld Business andTransWorld SURF."
This year's contest will be available to view online with live scoringand streaming video enabling people from around the globe to watch androot for their home country. Checkk www.surfingamerica.org for moredetails. ###
About Surfing America
Surfing America is the ISA-recognized National Governing Body forSurfing in the United States. The International Surfing Association(ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as theWorld Governing Authority for Surfing, Bodyboarding, and Surfriding.www.surfingamerica.org
Surfing America is also the North America Regional Office of theAssociation of Surfing Professionals (ASP). http://www.aspworldtour.com
Surfing America is an IRS recognized 501(c) 3 charitable organization.All donations made to Surfing America are tax deductible to the fullestextent allowed by the law. Donation checks should be made payable to:Surfing America, P.O. Box 309, Huntington Beach, CA 92648. End of yeartax receipts are sent to every individual donor of more than $250. Fordonations under $250, a cancelled check or credit card statement issufficient evidence for IRS purposes. Surfing America will send a taxreceipt to any donor who requests one.
About ISAThe International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by theInternational Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World Governing Authorityfor Surfing, Bodyboarding and Surfriding. www.isasurf.org
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