ISA World Bodyboard Championship: tough battles set for Iquique | Photo: ISA

Amaury Lavernhe and Pierre Louis Costes have confirmed their presence in the 2015 ISA World Bodyboard Championship, in Iquique, in the north of Chile.

The former world champions will join a long list of riders competing for medals in five divisions: Open Men, Open Women, Junior Under-18 Boys, Junior Under-18 Girls, and Open Dropknee.

The event returns to Iquique for the second consecutive year, and it will run from December 3rd-16th. The first ever ISA World Bodyboard Championship took place in 1988.

"The 2015 ISA World Bodyboard Championship is shaping up to be another historic year of competition. With the return of ISA gold medalists and new athletes looking to prove themselves on a global stage, I expect to see high-performance bodyboarding taken to new heights," explains Fernando Aguerre, president of the International Surfing Association (ISA).

"Chile provides amazing waves, great weather and the warmth of their people, making it the perfect destination to return to for this year's edition and hopefully many more ISA World Championships in the future."

More than a dozen countries will bring bodyboarders to the Punta 1 reef break. On the women's side, Neymara Carvalho, Carolina Botteri, and Shiori Okazawa are some of the names that will fight for podium places.