Surfing will be part of the 17th Bolivarian Games for the first time

The Bolivarian Sports Organization (ODEBO, Organizacion Deportiva Bolivariana), organizer of the Bolivarian Games, the regional multi-sport event held in honor of Simón Bolívar, announced it will include surfing as an official sport in the 17th Edition of the Games.

Scheduled for September 12 – 14, 2009, a highlight of the Bolivarian Games is the fact that it will be happening simultaneously in three countries. The center of the Games will be held in Sucre, Bolivia, with additional sporting events being held in Peru.

The waves of La FAE beach in Salinas, Ecuador, home of the 2009 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship were selected to host the international surfing event.  Participating countries will include Colombia, Panama, Peru, Ecuador and Venezuela.

ODEBO is an International Sports Organization in Latin America.  Each surfer competing in the event will do so as a part of their National team under the organization of their respective National Olympic Committee.

The inclusion of surfing is definitely another step towards a better surfing future.  

The Surfing event will run the following disciplines and divisions:

Open Men

Open Women

Under 18

Longboard

Bodyboard Men

Bodyboard Women

ISA National Governing Bodies from the above named countries are encouraged to contact their local NOC to participate in this historic event. This is one of the most important surfing events in the region this year.

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