Azores: surfing capital of the Atlantic Ocean | Photo: Visit Azores

The Azores Islands will host the 2016 Vissla ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, between September 17th-24h.

The Portuguese archipelago located in the heart of the Atlantic Ocean has been chosen by the International Surfing Association (ISA) to host a competition that, in the past, crowned champions such as Matt Wilkinson, Stephanie Gilmore, Julian Wilson, Owen Wright, Jordy Smith, Sally Fitzgibbons, Alejo Muniz, Laura Enever, Filipe Toledo.

The 2016 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship will be run at Praia do Monte Verde, Ribeira Grande, in São Miguel. It is the first the competition is held in Europe since 2008.

"It's an honor to host this ISA World Championship in our country. We know that surfing reaches large audiences around the world and we are excited to showcase our hospitality, warmth and incredible waves in the Azores, which will be seen by hundreds of thousands on the computer and television screens globally," underlines, president of the Portuguese Surfing Federation.

The Azores Islands have been hosting multiple international surf competitions under the flags of the ISA, World Surf League and European Surfing Federation. São Miguel, also known as the Green Island, gets swells from the Newfoundland during winter, and from South Africa and Antarctica during the summer months.