Sitting more than 1,500 kilometers off the coast of Portugal in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Azores Islands are ideally located to pick up multiple swell directions and produce world-class surf. Photo: Miguel Rezendes
2016 Edition Poised to Set Records for the Event

La Jolla, California, September 14, 2016 – The 2016 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship is set to take place from September 17-25 in the Azores Islands of Portugal, gathering the most talented junior surfers from all around the globe. The 2016 edition is poised to make history as it will be the first in the era of Olympic Surfing and could potentially break the record for the largest individual and country participation in the event’s 37-year history.

Here are the 10 things you need to know about the upcoming competition:

1. The Olympics

With the International Olympic Committee’s recent vote at the 129th IOC Session in Rio de Janeiro to include Surfing in the Sports Program of the Tokyo 2020 Games, the 2016 edition of the VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship will be the first in the era of Olympic Surfing. The world will get a glimpse in the Azores of the sport’s current and future talents that will compete to represent their nations when Surfing makes its Olympic debut in 2020.

2. Record Participation

After a record breaking year in 2015, where 322 surfers from 36 countries graced the shores of Oceanside, California, U.S.A. for an epic week of competition, this year’s event could set a new record for participation in the event’s 37-year history. Nearly 40 nations and more than 330 surfers have registered to compete and vie for the coveted individual and Team Gold Medals.

3. Watch the Event Live Online

The world championship will be streamed live on www.isaworlds.com from September 17-25. Visit the official event website for results, photos, videos and news pertaining to the competition.