October 11, 2011

Surfing Legend Tom Curren to Compete at El Salvador ISA World Masters Surfing Championship

Surfing Legend Tom Curren to Compete at El Salvador ISA World Masters Surfing Championship

Curren's trademark frontside approach will be one of Team USA´s deadliest weapon. Photo: Rip Curl

The stylish and fan favorite three-time Pro World Champion will relive good times at Latin America’s Jeffreys Bay

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

Tom Curren (USA), one of the most influential surfers in the sport’s history will be defending the United States’ colors at the El Salvador ISA World Masters Surfing Championship from October 16 to 23 at the perfect, hollow point-break of Punta Roca.

Early this week, the 1985, 1986 and 1990 World Champion confirmed his participation at the largest team event for 35+ year-old surfers. Curren will certainly be one of the United States’ standouts for the team’s debut in this yearly event.

From his NSSA national victories in the late 70s to the maiden 1980 ISA Junior World Title in France, then the fame from his professional tour victories, his world titles and the free surfing years, when he searched for perfect empty waves in remote locations, Curren, now 47, has seen it all.

The best surfer of all time, ten-time World Champion Kelly Slater, has acknowledged that Tom Curren was always his favorite surfer. A perfect mixture of flow, timing and power make his surfing especially unique. As renowned surfing writer Matt Warshaw wrote, “Curren’s reputation as one of the world’s greatest surfers in history is supported by his accomplishments as a competitor. But most surfers would define Curren as an artist, then as a world champion…”

As Curren travels to Punta Roca, it is interesting to note that this wave is considered the Jeffreys Bay of Latin America.

The real Jeffreys Bay, in South Africa, was the scene of one of surfing’s most memorable and anticipated surf sessions. After years of abstaining from surfing Jeffreys Bay as a protest against apartheid, in May of 1992 the three-time World Champion decided to pay a visit to what’s considered the ultimate point-break. It was as if they had known each other forever; Curren’s surfing suited the wave perfectly and he put on one of the greatest displays of surfing ever witnessed by the surfing world.

In less than ten days, Curren will relive those good times in the Latin American version of the wave he loves so much.

Tom Curren, one of the greatest surfers of all time, will be in La Libertad, El Salvador from October 16 to 23 looking forward to winning another ISA Gold Medal for the USA National Team and for himself, meeting back up with old friends and reliving his beloved Jeffrey’s Bay, this time in Latin America.

Follow the El Salvador ISA World Masters Surfing Championship here: 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).