TravelSIM Team Australia Hits the Streets of Panama for Opening Ceremony of DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championship Presented by Billabong

15 Apr 2012 0 Share

(Sunday 15th April, 2012): TRAVELSIM TeamAustralia hit the streets of Pedasi today, with the DAKINE ISA World JuniorSurfing Championship Presented by Billabong officially opened in Panama.

The streets of Pedasi were awash with the flags and the colors of the 31competing nations, with the curtain lifted on the third consecutive ISA WorldChampionship to come to the shores of Panama, and it has the potential to bethe most memorable event to date.

With over 300 of the best junior surfers in the world on hand, a promising waveforecast provided by Surfline (the Official Forecaster) and offshore windsall-day, every day at Playa Venao, the necessary elements are falling intoplace.

“The surfing world has returned to this beautiful country for the third time;we love Panama!” said Fernando Aguerre, the President of the ISA, in hisopening remarks. “With over 400 athletes and team officials from 31 nations,this is the largest juniors event in history. Regardless of the color of ourskin, the country we come from, or anything that may seem to divide us, we areall connected through surfing.”

He exemplified his point later, saying, “Today I was amazed watching theArgentinean and Great Britain flags waving together, with their team memberssharing a moment of joy, far from what happens on a political level. This showsus what surfing is capable of doing. Maybe we should tell the politicians to gosurfing.” The comment received applause from the entire audience.

The ISA World Juniors brings together the best under-18 surfers from around theworld to compete for individual and team glory. Three divisions (Boys Under-18,Boys Under-16, and Girls Under-18) will be contested over the course of eightdays of competition at Playa Venao, a beach-break located on the Pacific Oceanside of the country.

After the Parade of Nations came to a close, each team sent a flag bearer and arepresentative onto the stage for the traditional Sands of the World Ceremony,where sands from home beaches are poured into a glass container, representingthe peaceful gathering of nations through the love of surfing.

The speeches were followed by two performances: a violin performance that washighlighted by a pair of young Panamanian free-styling singers and the “DirtyDevil Dance.”

When the performances finished, all 31 flag bearers made their way back ontothe stage.

The surfing action for the DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing ChampionshipPresented by Billabong begins tomorrow, April 15, with the Qualifying Rounds ofthe Boys Under-18 and Boys Under-16 divisions.

The event webcast will be live beginning at 8:00am local time (6:00am PST;10:00pm in Tokyo) at www.dakineisawjsc.com/live.

TravelSIM Team Australia:

Under 18 boys: Creed McTaggart (Margaret River,WA); Cooper Chapman, (North Narrabeen, NSW); Eli Steele (Moffat Beach, QLD);Joshua Hay (Copacabana, NSW).

Under 18 girls: Nikki Van Dijk (Cowes, VIC);Ellie-Jean Coffey (Coolangatta, QLD); Kirsten Ogden (Byron Bay, NSW); BronteMacaulay (Margaret River, WA).

Under 16 boys: Kai Hing (Wurtulla, QLD); MichaelWright (Lennox Head, NSW); Jacob Wilcox (Margaret River, WA); Luke Hynd(Tallebudgera Valley, QLD).

Surfing Australiawould like to recognise the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), TravelSIM andSuncorp for their continuing support of the Team Australia Program.

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