Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Champions

23 Sep 2005 0 Share

THE SURFING WORLD WILL COME TOGETHER
The 2005 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships will bring the best junior surfers from all corners of the globe to compete for the prestigious world junior surfing title
October 8-16, 2005 in Surf City USA™; Huntington Beach, Calif. U.S.A. The event will be hosted by Surfing
America, the national governing body for the sport of surfing in the United States.

In what is considered the Olympics of Junior Surfing, junior
surfers 18 and under will represent their respective countries
as they vie for team and individual gold, silver, bronze and
copper medals. Surfers will compete in one of three divisions:
Boys Under 18, Girls Under 18 and Boys Under 16. Teams
from Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile,
Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Hawaii, Ireland,
Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Puerto
Rico, South Africa, Tahiti, Trinidad and Tobago, United
Kingdom, United States and Venezuela are confirmed to
attend.

We are thrilled about the substantial increase in the number
of competitors and national teams over the last event,” said
Fernando Aguerre, president of the ISA. “Being part of a
national team is a life changing experience. The camaraderie, the stoke of wearing the national uniforms, carrying the flag and joining over 400 people from all over the world at an ISA event, is an unparalleled experience.

In a colorful display of ISA tradition, the 2005 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships will kick off
with the “Parade of Nations” and the “Sands of the World” ceremonies. In the “Parade of Nations,” each team will march down the Huntington Beach pier and through the contest area with their nations’ flags, leading into
the “Sands of the World” ceremony, when each team will pour sand brought from their respective country into a
large acrylic box. All of the sand will be combined in a ceremonious display of unity and brotherhood. The
opening ceremonies will begin Saturday, October 8, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. near the Huntington Beach Pier.
Competition will begin Sunday, October 9, 2005 at 8:00 a.m.

The first World Junior Surfing Championships, sanctioned by the International Surfing Association (ISA), the
world governing authority for the sport of surfing as recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC),
were in Durban, South Africa in 2003. The following year, the contest was held in Papenoo, Tahiti. The turnout
for this year’s contest is remarkable with a 30 percent increase from last year in the number of confirmed teams
and a 50 percent increase in the number of athletes competing.

Prior to 2003, a Junior World Championship was
held as part of the historic biennial World Surfing Games, but was separated into its own event after 2002 in order
to provide a singular focus for world junior surfing. The World Surfing Games has a storied history, dating back
to 1964, with the first event being held in Manly, Australia. In 1980, Tom Curren was crowned the first ever
world junior surfing champion when he won the junior division competition at the World Surfing Games in
Biarritz, France.
“Surfing America is very proud to host this year’s contest. We truly feel privileged to have the honor of
representing the United States to the global surfing community,” said Mike Gerard, executive director of Surfing
America. “For the athletes, this is an incredible experience for their surfing careers. They have worked so hard to
make it this far. We would like to thank our sponsors Quiksilver, Billabong, Body Glove, O’neill, OP, Reef, Rip
Curl and our media sponsors FUEL TV, Surfer, Surfing, SG, Surf Life for Women, TransWorld Business and
TransWorld SURF.”
This year’s contest will be available to view online with live scoring and streaming video enabling people from
around the globe to watch and root for their home country. Check www.surfingamerica.org for more details.
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