The International Surfing Association (ISA) is pleased to announce that the ISA World Surfing Games 2006 will be held in Huntington Beach, California, USA, October 14 – 22, 2006.
The ISA World Surfing Games 2006, hosted by Surfing America will be the 21st edition of the biennial contest that determines the world’s top surfing nations and awards individual surfing titles and medals in the categories of shortboard surfing (men and women), bodyboard (men and women) and longboard. In 2005, Surfing America hosted the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships, which was a huge success.
“Surfing America is pleased to host the 2006 ISA World Surfing Games in Surf City USA, said Mike Gerard Surfing America’s executive director. “It’s an honor to have the best surfers from all over the world coming to our country to compete in the Olympic spirit. It’s been ten years since this most prestigious event was held in America and Surfing America intends to make this the best ISA World Surfing Games ever.
The WSG tradition started in 1964 at Manly Beach in Sydney, Australia, where surfers from around the world representing their home nation competed for men and women’s surfing titles.
The event became progressively larger over the years and has been acknowledged as the “Olympics of Surfing”. The top National Surfing Teams, including their top professional surfers, compete for the honor of representing their countries. The ISA World Surfing Games 2002, staged in Durban, South Africa had the attendance of 31 National Teams and over 500 team members. The ISA World Surfing Games 2004 in Salinas, Ecuador had the attendance of 26 teams and over 200 competitors.
“At the World Surfing Games, all National Surfing Teams will bring their best surfers in order to win a gold medal for their country. The spirit of true sportsmanship and surfing brotherhood is an essential part of this very unique event. The World Surfing Games are the largest gathering of the surfing talent in the world… Surfing this event is a life changing experience,” ISA President, Fernando Aguerre.
“The ISA World Surfing Games coming to Huntington Beach is extremely meaningful and exciting for the surf industry, said Dick Baker, president of the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) and president of Ocean Pacific. “With a large majority of the industry based in Southern California, the Games will provide the perfect opportunity to see some of the best talent from around the world competing in our own backyard. This is a momentous occasion for everyone involved in surfing in the USA and around the World.
The ISA and Surfing America are looking forward to this great and historical event, last held in the USA, in Huntington Beach in 1996.