ISA World Bodyboarding Championship: who will raise the flag?

The Sportzone ISA World Bodyboarding Championship is ready to showcase the world's biggest bodyboarding teams, in Galdar, Gran Canaria, Spain. After the Parade of the Nations and the Sands of the World ceremony.

Riders from 21 countries will battle waves in two possible locations: La Guancha and the infamous barrels of El Frontón. Portugal, France, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Morocco, South Africa, Cape Verde, Peru, Chile, Mexico, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Argentina, Canada, Australia, Japan and the host, Spain, are ready to blast the gnarliest waves of Gran Canaria.

"We have a good team and I'm really happy to be part of this event," said 2010 IBA World Champion, Amaury Lavernhe (REU), who has been training on-site for the last few days.

"I don't think I'm a favorite, since there are so many great riders here like Yeray Martinez (SPA), Diego Cabrera (SPA), Jarred Houston (RSA) and Pierre Louis Costes (FRA) among others. We have a good team and the waves are perfect, so I'm stoked. I would like to thank all Canary locals for sharing this amazing spot with us."

This is the 12th time for the ISA to crown a World Bodyboard Champion. First ISA Gold Medalist of the discipline was USA's Chris Cunninghan, crowned in Puerto Rico, 1988. This is, however, the first bodyboard only team-event in history, with nations from all over the world, and with the Team Trophy as the top prize.

Starting tomorrow, teams consisting of two Open Men, one Open Women, one Under 18 Men and one Drop Knee, will compete for the glory in the Sportzone ISA World Bodyboard Championship.

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