Venezuela: a country of passionate bodyboarders

The 2012 ISA World Bodyboard Championship is kicking off in Playa Parguito, located in the beautiful Margarita Island, Venezuela.

Up to 40 top bodyboarders are already warming up to compete for the glory of becoming the world's best bodyboarder. The bodyboard contest runs from the 24th November to the 2nd December.

This is the first of two World Bodyboard Championships that will be held in Venezuela, after the Venezuelan Surfing Federation recently committed to hosting the event in 2013, as well. Also, it's the first ISA event that Venezuela has ever hosted.

"We are excited that Venezuela will be hosting the 2012 and 2013 ISA World Bodyboard Championship. This is a great boost for the sport and for bodyboard in Venezuela", says Fernando Aguerre, ISA President.

"The public and private sector's support of this country to Bodyboarding, to its athletes and surfing in general, is a great example for other nations of the world."

Nine teams have been confirmed so far to be part of this new edition of the ISA World Bodyboard Championship. They are: Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, France, Japan, Mexico, Peru, South Africa and Venezuela.

France is the defending world champion. In last year's event, the French team won the Gold Medal after defeating the home team, Spain (Silver Medal), Chile (Bronze Medal) and Morocco (Copper Medal) in the Canary Islands.

Margarita Island has over 2,000 meters of white sand beaches. Playa Parguito is the most famous bodyboarding beach in Venezuela, where international bodyboard competitions are held annually.

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