October 7, 2011

Former Women’s World Pro Tour Stars Confirmed for El Salvador ISA World Masters Surfing Championship

Seven-time ASP World Champion, Layne Beachley (AUS), will prove her skills as a Master surfer at the El Salvador ISA World Masters Surfing Championship. Photo: Surfing Australia

Seven-time ASP World Champion, Layne Beachley (AUS), will prove her skills as a Master surfer at the El Salvador ISA World Masters Surfing Championship. Photo: Surfing Australia

El Salvador ISA World Masters Surfing Championship
October 16 to 23, 2011
La Libertad, El Salvador

A revival of the some of the best match-ups of the Women’s ASP World Tour in the late 90s and early 00’s will take place during the 2011 edition of the ISA World Masters Surfing Championship with Layne Beachley (AUS), Rochelle Ballard (HAW), Tita Tavares (BRA) and Heather Clark (RSA) competing in the event.

The four surfers were amongst the world’s surfing elite at some point from the mid-80s until early 2000. All of them achieved a top 5 ranking, making history for their countries.

Australian Layne Beachley won most of the sizzling hot match-ups, becoming the most successful female surfer in the history of the sport, with seven world titles (98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03 and 06). Other than winning titles, Beachley has shown great daring and business savvy, as she surfs big waves all over the world, while owning and directing the richest women’s pro surfing tournament on the current Pro Tour.

Another great big-wave surfer participating in the event is Hawaiian Rochelle Ballard. Considered one of the world’s best tube riders, ASP World Tour runner-up in 2004, Ballard will give a good fight in the perfect and barreling rights of Punta Roca.

María Tita Tavares, from the waves of Titanzinho, Fortaleza, in the northeast of Brazil, was the 2000 ISA Open Women’s World Champion, four-time Brazilian Champion and one of the ASP World Tour top 5 several times. She’s a flow master and small wave specialist, who surfs as well today as she did when on tour.

Heather Clark, the defending and two-time ISA Masters World Champion, and also formerly a World Tour top 5, is known for her sharp backside carving in perfect hollow waves. This will be an important tool in the long, classic conditions at Punta Roca.

Punta Roca's waves will be a perfect match for the sharp surfing of former ASP World Tour surfers, Layne Beachley (AUS), Rochelle Ballard (HAW), Heather Clark (RSA), Tita Tavares (BRA) and the rest of the world's best master women surfers. Photo: Vaquero

Punta Roca's waves will be a perfect match for the sharp surfing of former ASP World Tour surfers, Layne Beachley (AUS), Rochelle Ballard (HAW), Heather Clark (RSA), Tita Tavares (BRA) and the rest of the world's best master women surfers. Photo: Vaquero

From October 16 to 23, the best over 35 year-old surfers in the world will be competing in the epic surf at Punta Roca, the Latin America’s Jeffreys Bay, known the world over as the best right hand point break, for the National Team and Individual gold medals in five divisions – Women’s 35 and Over, Men’s 35 and Over, 40 and Over, 45 and Over, and 50 and Over.

Follow the event live on www.elsalvadorisawmsc.com

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).