October 18, 2011

El Salvador ISA World Masters Surfing Championship Starts Tomorrow!

Everybody got together today to help La Libertad's community with a beach cleanup at Punta Roca. The ISA and the Event Organizer, Gray Line AVI Tours, have donated an initial amount of USD 1,000 to start a fundraiser that will go to many of the people in the Punta Roca area who have been most affected by the torrential rains and floods. Photo: ISA/Watts

Everybody got together today to help La Libertad's community with a beach cleanup at Punta Roca. The ISA and the Event Organizer, Gray Line AVI Tours, have donated an initial amount of USD 1,000 to start a fundraiser that will go to many of the people in the Punta Roca area who have been most affected by the torrential rains and floods. Photo: ISA/Watts

Opening Ceremony will be held at 8am local time and competition will start at 10am

The world’s largest Master’s surfing event will see the Masters (35+), Kahunas (45+) and Women Masters (35+) hitting the water tomorrow

Watch the live webcast on www.elsalvadorisawmsc.com 

El Salvador ISA World Masters Surfing Championship
October 17, 2011
La Libertad, El Salvador 

The El Salvador ISA World Masters Surfing Championship, the largest Master’s surfing event in history, will start tomorrow with the Opening Ceremony in Punta Roca, and the competition will begin immediately afterwards.

Eight consecutive days of non-stop rain and wind prompted the President of El Salvador to call for a National State of Emergency, delaying the event until conditions were less dangerous. After evaluating Tuesdays’ forecast, federal authorities gave the event a green light to start tomorrow.

Today, Punta Roca hosted another round of free surfing and training with the waves lining up, and sets in the 5 to 8 feet range. But mostly it was a day of helping. Surfers and team officials from 21 countries, ISA staff and judges, organizers and members of the local community spent the entire day at a beach cleanup organized by the ISA. The excessive rain caused the rivers to dump tons of debris on the beach, which hundreds of volunteers cleared in a great spirit of camaraderie.

“To show our respect for the community and the beach where the ISA is having the event, the staff organized a beach cleanup,” said Bob Mignogna, Director General of the International Surfing Association. “Hundreds of people are on the beach right now with trash bags going up and down picking up all the washed up debris. Rain or shine, we’re going to make this event happen!”

French Kahunas competitor Jean Labrucherie, while picking up trash, said, “We are here to help the people of El Salvador clean up the beach because of the storm that is affecting Central America. There is not much we can do, but we do it with love. We hope things improve for the El Salvadorian people.”

The 2006 Latin American Pro Surfing Champion, Argentinean Martín Passeri, proudly wears his country's football team shirt while attacking Punta Roca's lip. Photo: ISA/Watts

The 2006 Latin American Pro Surfing Champion, Argentinean Martín Passeri, proudly wears his country's football team shirt while attacking Punta Roca's lip. Photo: ISA/Watts

Meanwhile, in the water, the waves started to get better little by little and the line up got crowded. Even with onshore winds, Punta Roca showed long walls with good barreling sections. Athletes like three-time World Champion, Tom Curren (USA), former World Tour competitor Dean Randazzo (USA), three-time ISA Masters World Champion, Juan Ashton (PUR) and 2006 Latin American Champion, Martín Passeri (ARG) went to the water and delivered amazing performances in challenging conditions.

“The waves are good; conditions are tough for entering the water and the current is complicated,” said Ashton. “If the tournament would’ve started today, it would have been difficult to catch two waves in a heat. Still, I rode four great waves that anywhere in the world would have been excellent.”

Regarding the situation the country is going through, Ashton commented, “What’s happening here in El Salvador is awful.  The local La Libertad people have been so kind and good to us, and it’s terrible to see that they are going through this. I really understand why they have delayed the event. Respects and good wishes to the Salvadoreanpeople that they get out of this tragedy.”

Competitors from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Hawaii, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, USA and Venezuela will start tomorrow at the historic Master event.

Follow the action on www.elsalvadorisawmsc.com
Webcast schedule 

8am local time is 7am PDT and 10amEDT
10am local time is 9am PDT and 12pmEDT

The ISA World Masters Surfing Championship is sponsored by El Salvador Impresionante, Alcaldía del Puerto de La Libertad, Surfos, Alcatel, TACA), El Gráfico, Olas Permanentes Magazine, TIGO, Decameron, Cushe, Maya Realty, Yamaha, Alamo, La Femenina, CONJUVE, Amate Travel, Línea Ejecutiva, Surfline, Hospital de la Mujer, Arreconsa, Torogoz, Pepsi, Adrenaline, Gray Line El Salvador, CASATUR and POLITUR

About the International Surfing Association
The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. It was originally founded as the International Surfing Federation in 1964 and has been running Open Division World Championships since 1964, Junior World Championships since 1980, and Masters World Championships since 2007. The ISA also sanctions the World Kneeboard Titles and the Tandem Surfing World Title, and will hold the first World Bodyboard Championship in 2011, and the first World Standup Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship in 2012.

ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 69 countries on five continents. Its headquarters are located in San Diego, California. It is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (Argentina), first elected President in 1994 in Rio de Janeiro and re-elected seven times since. The ISA´s three Vice-Presidents are Alan Atkins (AUS), Karín Sierralta (PER) and Debbie Beacham (USA).