ISA announces May dates for 2017 World Surfing Games in France, WSL endorses the participation of professional surfers
La Jolla, California, October 26, 2016 – The International Surfing Association (ISA) – the International Federation for Surfing and StandUp Paddle (SUP) – has today heralded a new era of cooperation with the World Surf League (WSL) after the latter endorsed the participation of professional athletes in the ISA World Surfing Games which will take place in Biarritz, France on May 21-28, 2017.
The ISA and the WSL worked together to find a date for the ISA World Surfing Games that fits in the WSL calendar and enables the WSL Championship Tour surfers to participate in Biarritz. The ISA and WSL have enjoyed a positive working relationship for many years and today’s announcement further strengthens that relationship and reaffirms the participation of the world’s top surfers when the sport makes its debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The ISA World Surfing Games feature the world’s best surfers participating on their national teams, creating a unique environment of national pride and camaraderie in the spirit of the Olympic Movement.
Surfing was confirmed as an Olympic sport for Tokyo 2020 in August after decades of campaigning by the ISA underpinned by the governing body’s drive for the global development of the sport. Surfing will also be included in the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima.
ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said:
“This is a significant moment, in a significant year for the development of Surfing globally. We are delighted to strengthen our relationship with the WSL for the benefit of the sport. It will be wonderful to watch the top surfers coming together at the 2017 ISA World Surfing Games in Biarritz where fans from around the world will have the opportunity to witness and draw inspiration from their fantastic skills.”
COVER PIC: Biarrtiz, France will host the 2017 ISA World Surfing Games from May 12-18, 2017. Photo: French Surfing Federation / Arrieta