El Salvador stages the 2011 ISA World Masters Surfing Championship

February 17, 2011 | Surfing

Punta Roca: El Salvador is a great surfing destination | Photo: Sunzal

The top quality waves of Punta Roca, in El Salvador’s town of La Libertad, will be the perfect stage for the 2011 ISA World Masters Surfing Championship, to be held from October 16th to 23rd.

Located at the coastal town of La Libertad, Punta Roca is considered by many as one of the best waves in the world. With the ideal swell, waves can reach up to 12-to-15 feet, extending for over 500 yards. Often called the "Jeffrey’s Bay of Central America," it is a perfect right point-break.

El Salvador offers surfers a 300-mile coastline packed with perfect waves. It is a dependable surfing destination with consistent swells all year long. This will be a turning point for surfing in the country, as it will be the first time in history that El Salvador hosts a World Championship of surfing.

"It is great to have another ISA World Masters Surfing Championship in warm Central America. We will hold the tournament in the perfect waves of Punta Roca. The ISA Masters is a great event, where camaraderie and fair play allow the best over-35 year old surfers in the world to perform and enjoy spending time with their peers from around the world", ISA President Fernando Aguerre said.

"This event will help make El Salvador an even more attractive surf tourism destination. Our wave-rich coast includes the great surf spots of El Sunzal, Punta Mango, Las Flores and the epic Punta Roca, where the event will take place", commented El Salvador Minister of Tourism, José Napoleón Duarte Durán.

"El Salvador is getting ready to welcome the best surfers in the world from over 30 countries to a surfing tournament that will reach more than 240 million television viewers worldwide. With the coverage of respected sports channels such as ESPN, Sports News and CBS Sports, among others, the ISA World Masters will deliver a global promotion for our Nation", he continued.

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