WSL surfers allowed to compete in ISA World Surfing Games

October 26, 2016 | Surfing
Masatoshi Ohno: surfing for Japan in the ISA World Surfing Games | Photo: Jimenez/WSL

The World Surf League (WSL) will allow its athletes to compete in the 2017 ISA World Surfing Games.

The International Surfing Association (ISA) and the pro surfing circuit will work together to find a date for the World Surfing Games that fits in the WSL calendar.

The ISA is the world governing body for the sport of surfing, and it is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The organization led by Fernando Aguerre runs the World Surfing Games since 1964.

"We are delighted to strengthen our relationship with the WSL for the benefit of the sport. It will be wonderful to watch the top surfers coming together at the 2017 ISA World Surfing Games in Biarritz," explains Aguerre.

Both organizations underline that they have had a healthy working relationship for many years, but the new announcement aims to find the world's top surfers for when the sport makes its debut in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The World Surf League is a privately held company owned by ZoSea, and the most popular international surfing tour on the planet.

"The ISA World Surfing Games is a unique event where national surfing teams from around the world are given the opportunity to compete. The WSL remains committed to allowing our top professional surfers on the Championship Tour to represent their country at the ISA World Surfing Games," adds Paul Speaker, CEO of the WSL.

The 2017 ISA World Surfing Games will take place in Biarritz, France, from May 21st-28th.

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