Rosters Set For ISA World Masters In Nicaragua

National Champs and Legends Will be Competing For Gold at Nicaragua ISA World Masters Surfing Championship

Switzerland, Germany, Ireland and the Dominican Republic Among the Teams Recently Confirmed to Compete at Colorado Beach

Nicaragua ISA World Masters Surfing Championship
July 14 to 22, 2012
Colorado Beach at Hacienda Iguana, Nicaragua

When competition begins at the Nicaragua ISA World Masters Surfing Championship on July 15th, there will be more than 130 surfers from every continent in contention. In total, 25 nations - some large, some small, some land-locked, some surrounded by water - will have their respective flag waving over the event site. All of these different nationalities and cultures will be part of an historic event occurring along Nicaragua's pristine coastline in world-class waves at Colorado Beach at Hacienda Iguana.

The caliber of athletes ranges from national champions and local legends to former professional surfers and Pipeline Masters. There's a level of prestige and honor that comes with representing one's country in competition, as athletes do in the Olympics, especially in a World Championship that will feature the best over-35-year-old surfers (in five divisions) from around the world. While some teams will be sending a full team of 8 surfers, others will only be sending a single athlete or a few athletes to represent the country.

Five European countries will be sending teams to compete in Nicaragua. Ireland's Mike Young finished ninth in the Men's Grand Kahunas (over-50) division in Santa Catalina, Panama in 2010, and will be trying to improve on that result in the same division this year. Land-locked, Switzerland will be represented by Daniel Paez in the Men's Grand Masters (over-40) division. Patrick Castagnet lives and surfs in Panama, but due to his dual citizenship, he will be representing Germany in the Men's Masters division (over-35). Castagnet is a national champion in Panama and finished ninth at the ISA World Masters last year in Punta Roca, El Salvador.

"I am happy to have the honor of representing Germany once again in such a prestigious and important event for the world of surfing," Castagnet said. "I was able to get a good result last year and I am hoping to improve that spot. It will be really exciting to compete in the amazing waves at Colorado Beach in Nicaragua; the waves there are awesome."

Pascal Luciani, the president of the Tahitian Surfing Federation, will be carrying the flag for his country. A fifth-place finisher at the inaugural ISA World Masters at Rincon, Puerto Rico in 2007, Luciani has remained a contender for the podium every year he has competed.

Though Marcelo Matos has been living and surfing in Costa Rica in recent years, he'll be representing the blue and white of Uruguay when he begins his first heat in the Men's Masters (over-35) division. A former top-5 finisher on the national surfing tour in Uruguay and an ISA veteran, Matos should be able to represent his home country with dignity.

"I'm not just representing my country, I'm also representing all my friends who used to let me borrow boards, those who I shared many good times with, and those who gave me the motivation to go through much adversity," Matos said. "I am realistic, I know that I will face former World Champions and Latin American champions, champions of many kinds; my personal goal is to make it through round one and then take it one heat at a time."

The Dominican Republic will have three athletes competing in two divisions in Nicaragua. Victor Peralta and Rafael Gonzalez will be surfing in the Men's Grand Masters division, while Robert Reid will represent the country in the Men's Grand Kahunas division. Reid has been close to winning a medal in past years, twice finishing in the top-10 of his division.

The athletes will be competing for individual medals, team medals and the perpetual Eduardo Arena Trophy, which will be awarded to the Gold Medal-winning team.

The ISA World Masters Surfing Championship will begin on July 14 with the Opening Ceremony, Parade of Nations and Sands of the World Ceremony in Rivas, and competition at Colorado Beach at Hacienda Iguana will commence the following day.

Team Dominican Republic Roster
Men's Grand Masters
Victor Peralta
Rafael Gonzalez

Men's Grand Kahunas
Robert Reid

Team Official
Nestor Puente

Team El Salvador Roster
Men's Masters
Jaime Ernesto Delgado Aguilar
Diego Llerena Gallardo

Men's Grand Masters
Rodrigo Barraza Dominguez
Francisco Rubio Romagoza

Men's Grand Kahunas
Alfonso Alvarez

Team France Roster
Men's Masters
Regis Blanchard
Charles Henri Philippon

Men's Grand Masters
Olivier Salvaire (Team Captain)
Francois Gouffrant

Men's Kahunas
Eric Graciet
Bruno Laharague

Men's Grand Kahunas
Gilles Asenjo

Women's Masters
Emeline Lopez

Team Germany Roster
Men's Masters
Patrick Castagnet

Team Guatemala Roster
Men's Masters
Daniel Lopez
Gerson Gomez

Men's Grand Masters
Ken Layton
Pedro Pablo Vergara

Men's Kahunas
Mario Estevez
Carlos Corado

Men's Grand Kahunas
Jaime Garcia

Team Official
Walid Nasser

Team Ireland Roster
Men's Grand Kahunas
Mike Young

Team Italy Roster
Men's Masters
Giovanni Benetti
Maurizio Di Spirito

Men's Grand Kahunas
Lorenzo Parmegiani

Team Jamaica Roster
Men's Masters
David Lee

Men's Grand Kahunas
Terrence Muschett

Team Mexico Roster
Men's Masters
Hugo Camacho
Heriberto Ramirez

Men's Grand Masters
Adrian Valenzuela
Julian Galeana

Men's Kahunas
Brian Ramirez
Prospero Ochoa

Men's Grand Kahunas
Osbaldo Chavez

Team South Africa Roster
Men's Grand Kahunas
Martin Rennhackkamp

Team Switzerland Roster
Men's Grand Masters
Daniel Paez

Team Tahiti Roster
Men's Grand Masters
Pascal Luciani

Men's Kahunas
Pascal Luciani

Team Uruguay Roster
Men's Masters
Marcelo Matos

The Nicaragua ISA World Masters Surfing Championship is made possible with the backing of the following sponsors: Nicaragua Tourism Institute, Gray Line, American Airlines, Canal 13, Amnet, Hacienda Iguana, Taca, VOS TV, Municipalidad de Tola, Flor de Caña, INISER; the following cosponsors: Movistar, Dollar, Alamo, Comité Olimpico Nicaragüense, Hilton, Nuevo Diario, Guacalito, Condor, Servipro, Aqua Spa, CDNN canal 23, Nicasurfing; and the following supporters: Surfari Charters, Corona, Paso Pacifico, Renisa, Parmalat, Credomatic, Cruz Roja, Pantaleon, Canatur. The media partners are Pasión Xtrema, SurfersVillage and Surfos. The Official Forecaster for the event is Surfline.

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, and 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.

ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 71 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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