Opening Ceremony, 2016 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship


Opening Ceremony to inaugurate the competition on Saturday in 

Ribeira Grande, Azores




The Opening Day of the 2016 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship is being streamed live on!


A record-breaking 371 athletes from 39 National Surfing Teams are ready to kick off the action.

 Root on your team with #VISSLAISAworldjuniors and #ISAworlds.

 Competition will get underway in the afternoon at 3pm with the following schedule:

Podium 1:

Heat 1 of Main Event Round 1 Boys Under-18:

Podium 2:

Heat 1 of Main Event Round 1 Boys Under-16

São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal, September 16, 2016 – The 2016 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship has broken the record for largest number of athletes and countries participating in the event’s 37-year history. 370 surfers hailing from 38 countries have arrived to compete in the Azores, shattering the previous record set at the 2015 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in Oceanside, California, which featured 322 surfers from 36 National Surfing Teams. 

With U-18 junior surfers competing, the Championship showcases the rising stars of the sport and represents an important stepping stone for athletes aspiring to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Some of the world’s current top surfers started as ISA World Junior Champions for their national teams including the 2014 WSL Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA, 2010), Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW, 2014, 2013), Filipe Toledo (BRA, 2011), Tyler Wright (AUS, 2010, 2009), Alejo Muniz (BRA, 2008), Laura Enever (AUS, 2008), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS, 2007), Julian Wilson (AUS, 2006), Owen Wright (AUS, 2006), Stephanie Gilmore (AUS, 2005, 2004), Matt Wilkinson (AUS, 2004) and Jordy Smith (RSA, 2003).


On Saturday morning the Opening Ceremony will inaugurate the competition in the quaint, coastal village of Ribeira Grande on the island of São Miguel in the Azores. The National Delegations will participate in the traditional Parade of Nations and Sands of the World Ceremony, pouring sand from their local beaches into a container to symbolize the peaceful gathering of nations through Surfing.


The 39 teams that have confirmed their participation are: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hawaii, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Sao Tome e Principe, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Tahiti, Uruguay, USA and Wales.


Photo:The international field of competitors have been greeted by solid waves during their free surf sessions prior to the start of the 2016 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

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