ISA World Junior Championships 

From March 28 to April 5 the waves of the Playa de las FAE in Salinas, Ecuador, will host the greatest junior surfing event in the world: the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship.

More than 200 of the best athletes of about 30 different countries will be competing for one of the greatest honors to which a junior surfer can aspire: a podium in an International Surfing Association (ISA) event. The ISA is the World Governing Authority of Surfing and all its disciplines, recognized by the International Olympic Committee.

The event will crown the world champions in the categories Boys Under 18, Boys Under 16 and Girls Under 18, as well as the World Junior Champion nation, after the results of all its participants have been added.  Each team will be represented by four members in each of the categories; therefore, a complete team will be composed of twelve athletes.

ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, commented on this upcoming event: I’m very happy that a major ISA event is going to be held in Ecuador, the host of the 2004 ISA World Surfing Games. It’s a great country with warm people, hot waves and weather - for sure a place to spend some extra days before or after the competition.

Regarding the fact that Ecuador is the first Hispanic American country to host an edition of the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, Aguerre said: This is proof that Surfing in that region is maturing in a great way, in countries that only 20 years ago would not be considered surfing countries like Ecuador and Costa Rica, host of the ISA World Surfing Games later this year. We’re looking forward to hot surfing, a substantial increase of junior surfing level.”

It will be the seventh edition of the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship.  The event started its history soon after ISA decided to separate the Junior category from the World Surfing Games, to offer the best Under 18 athletes their own event.  The decision proved a correct one and transformed itself in a mandatory stop for the best young athletes, since it became a talent incubator of the future leaders of world surfing.

The first competition happened in South Africa in 2003, continued in Tahiti (2004), California (2005), Brazil (2006), Portugal (2007) and France in 2008.  In this way, Ecuador becomes the first Hispanic-American country to host the WJSC.


TAP is now surfboard friendly

«It is an historic day for surfing. I am very proud as I think TAP [Portuguese Airline Company] will offer better services to an heavy travellers class and to a key sport in Portugal», said Joao Capunho, president of the Portuguese Surfers Association (ANS), as TAP announced new rules on boards carriage.

The decision was taken after several requests and negotiations with ANS. Although not a perfect solution, TAP will apply fee to bags, not boards; moreover, bags weighting less than 10kg will have a 50% discount; finally, keep in mind that a responsibility waiver is also necessary.


Rip Curl Kirra Teams Challenge

Australia’s top Boardriding Clubs have converged onto the Gold Coast for the 25th anniversary year of Australia’s most prestigious, largest and longest running Boardriding Club national event – The Rip Curl Kirra Teams Challenge.

Right on time these clubs have fallen into the Gold Coast seasons first official cyclone swell with Tropical Cyclone Innis pushing in a near perfect 4ft easterly swell onto the Gold Coast points and beaches and the surfers are simply loving the warm up conditions before tomorrow’s official start.

Defending champions and host club Kirra will again be the team to beat, particularly with the current swell conditions but like every year, the depth and talent from the visiting clubs who come in from all over Australia is super strong and whoever takes the title will join a long list of outstanding clubs - The past three years have seen different champions with Le-Ba (Lennox/Ballina) successful in 2007 and Byron Bay the champions of 2006.

This years event encompasses thirty six  Boardriding clubs which includes one boardriding club from Bali with a competitive total of 288 surfers across all clubs.

Just a small sample of the  outstanding talents expected to line up for their beloved clubs this weekend include Adam Melling, Stuart Kennedy, James Wood (Le-Ba), Asher Pacey, Corey Ziems, Clancy Dawson, Jesse Allen, Mitch Hayes, Jack Freestone and  Dale Richards (Kirra) along with numerous others from across Australia.