Playa Venao: just like in the movies

Two hundred surfers from 27 countries are getting ready for the 2011 ISA World Surfing Games that will be surfed at the beautiful Playa Venao, in Panama, from June 25th.

Peru will be trying to defend its title against the attacks from surfers coming from Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Switzerland, Tahiti, Uruguay, USA and Venezuela.

Sofía Mulanovich and Gabriel Villarán are some of Peru's best known surf stars.

Team Australia holds the record for most wins and Team USA are primed for a repeat of their 2009 victory, however many nations are capable of glory. Australia’s team includes former Open Men’s Gold Medalist Mick Campbell, 2010 Longboard medalist Harley Ingleby and 2003 ISA World Junior Champion Jessi Miley-Dyer.

World Tour surfer Jeremy Flores is France’s biggest name along with recently crowned ISA World Junior Surfing Champion Cannelle Bulard and 2009 ISA Longboard World Champion Antoine Delpero. Silvana Lima, another World Tour standout, is Brazil’s best hope for a gold medal.

Always a contender, South Africa has a strong Open Men and Women team, along with two-time ISA Longboard World Champion, Matthew Moir.

Santiago Muniz (ARG), Rudá Carvalho (BRA), Manuel Selman (CHI), Luis Vindas (CRC), Carlos Goncalves (ECU), Icah Wilmot (JAM), Diego Cadena (MEX), Paige Hareb (NZL), Rex Calderón (NIC), Gary Saavedra (PAN), Héctor Santamaría (PRC), Gavin Roberts (RSA), Jocelyn Polou (TAH), Marco Giorgi (URU), Tony Silvagni (USA) and Justin Mujica (VEN) are some of the spotlight surfers confirmed at Playa Venao.