24 October, 2014 24 October, 2014

World Surfing Games Commence Today

If you enjoy a good ol’ parade, the opening ceremony of the 2014 Claro ISA World Surfing Games will be broadcast LIVE and in full colour this afternoon. Team SA are the defending champs and will be sporting the green and gold in the ‘Parade of Nations’. You can look out for them from around 5:00pm (SA Time) on isawsg.com

The SA Team led the victory parade in 2013 in Panama.

The South African team has made just one change to the gold medal-winning squad of 2013, with KZN south coast powerhouse, Casey Grant, replacing Mossel Bay ripper and reigning ISA World Champ, Shaun Joubert.

MEN: Casey Grant; Mikey February; David Brand; David Van Zyl
WOMEN: Faye Zoetmulder; Tanika Hoffman
MANAGEMENT: Etienne Venter (Coach); Johnny Bakker (Manager)

Mikey February will once again be representing his country at the World Surfing Games.

The ISA World Surfing Games celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year in Peru, and the first heats of the marathon 8 day tournament kick off tomorrow. Punta Rocas offers powerful point break waves, which should suit the Saffas if the conditions get favourable.

You can catch the event live from 25 October – 1 November LIVE on isawsg.com/live/

We especially like the scenes at the end of this year’s event teaser. Hopefully we’ll see more of the same in 2014.

Official press release below.



Peru’s National Team Was Joined By ISA And Peruvian Dignitaries, Plus The Country’s Top Media Outlets At The Official Press Conference

(Bottom row from left to right) Team Peru Member Analí Gómez, ISA Vice President Karin Sierralta, Peruvian Surfing Federation President Carlos Neuhaus, Municipality of Lima Manager of Sports and Recreation Ismael Mañuico, Claro’s Gabriela Cuba, Team Peru Member and 2011 ISA World Junior Champion Cristobal De Col, and Team Peru Member Sebastian Alarcon, joined by the rest of the National Team. Photo: ISA/ Rommel Gonzales

The Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games begins Friday with the Opening Ceremony featuring the Parade of Nations and Sands of the World Ceremony. All 22 National Teams and over 150 Athletes and Team Officials will gather and parade around Lima’s iconic “Plaza de Armas” in the center of the city, in front of thousands of local spectators.

During the Opening Ceremony, each National Delegation comes to the stage waving their national flag while pouring sand from their local beach into a glass container symbolizing the peaceful gathering of nations through the love of surfing.

Thursday, the official press conference of the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games took place in the majestic Municipal Theater of Lima, where over 40 representatives of Peru’s leading TV, print, and online media outlets were present.

In attendance were ISA Vice President Karin Sierralta, Municipality of Lima Manager of Sports and Recreation Ismael Mañuico, Peruvian Surfing Federation President Carlos Neuhaus, Presenting Sponsor Claro’s Gabriela Cuba, Peruvian National Surfing Team Members, Analí Gómez, Sebastian Alarcon, and 2011 ISA World Junior Champion Cristobal De Col.

ISA Vice-President Karin Sierralta said, “This will be a historic event. The ISA is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in Peru’s famous waves, and we feel very happy to be part of this historic event. This is going to be a great moment, with a lot of camaraderie and amazing waves.”

The surfers from the 22 National Teams continue to warm up in Punta Rocas and enjoyed the increasing swell that is forecasted by Surfline to arrive just in time for the start of competition with overhead waves. Photo: ISA / Michael Tweddle

Ismael Mañuico, Manager of Sports and Recreation of Municipality of Lima said:

“Lima is one of the few cities in the world that has consistent breaks on its shore, and at the same time, Surfing is an sport that has given so many achievements to Peru. We are going to have an elite competition and I hope that the Team Trophy stays on our turf.”

The live webcast of the Parade of Nations and the Opening Ceremony will begin at 10:00am, local time and can be viewed on http://isawsg.com/live/

Here is the schedule:
Friday, 10:00am Lima, Peru
Friday, 8:00am West Coast USA
Friday, 5:00pm Western Europe
Saturday, 2:00am Sydney, Australia


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