September 29, 2011

Top Masters Surfers Prepare for Their World Championship

Puerto Rican Juan Ashton won the Masters title in 2007 and 2008, and last year he won the Grand Masters. He's looking forward to his fourth straight gold in El Salvador.

Puerto Rican Juan Ashton won the Masters title in 2007 and 2008, and last year he won the Grand Masters. He's looking forward to his fourth straight gold in El Salvador.


The El Salvador ISA World Masters Surfing Championship starts on October 16, gathering the world’s top surfers 35 years and older

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

Watch the live webcast on www.elsalvadorisawmsc.com

In less than four weeks, 128 of the world’s best over 35-year-old surfers from 25 countries will assemble at Central America’s epic point break, Punta Roca, to compete in the El Salvador ISA World Masters Surfing Championship.

From October 16 until the 23, two Masters (35+), two Grand Masters (40+), two Kahunas (45+), one Grand Kahuna (50+) and one Women Master (35+) from each country will contend for one of Surfing’s greatest honors: to earn a medal for their nation in an ISA World Championship.

For each of the five divisions, competitors will surf to win individual gold, silver, bronze and copper medals. Each athlete’s performance will count toward their country’s final standing, and the top country will win the most prestigious award, the Team Gold Medal.

This is the fourth edition of the event that started in 2007 in Puerto Rico, then went to Peru in 2008, and was held last year in Panama. South Africa won the first two editions. Last year, the surfing powerhouse, Australia, won in the big waves of Santa Catalina and now travels to El Salvador as the defending champion.

“I’m thrilled about the upcoming El Salvador ISA World Masters Surfing Championship,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “This is the most amazing competition for any Master surfer in the world. Combine this with such an epic wave like Punta Roca and what you’ll get is one of the world-greatest surfing displays you can imagine. I look forward to this awesome event.”

As the competition gains in prestige and popularity since its inception, nations have begun to gather their top surfers, with hopes of capturing the Team Trophy.

Former ASP World Tour competitor, Heather Clark from South Africa, won two golds at the ISA World Masters Surfing Championship and goes for a third in El Salvador.

Former ASP World Tour competitor, Heather Clark from South Africa, won two golds at the ISA World Masters Surfing Championship and goes for a third in El Salvador.

Some big names already confirmed include seven-time ASP World Champion Layne Beachley (AUS), former ISA World Champion and ASP top 5 Fabio Gouveia (BRA), former ASP World Tour competitor Toby Martin (AUS), three-time ISA Masters World Champion Chris Knutsen (RSA) and former ASP World Tour Women’s top 5 and Defending ISA Women’s Masters World Champion, Heather Clark, among others.

Expect a heated rivalry between Australia and South Africa for the top spot. But the strong teams of Brazil, France, Peru, USA and Hawaii can never be overlooked as contenders.

The long rights of Punta Roca will be a perfect fit for the best Masters surfers. From October 16 to 23 the best surfing will be on display in El Salvador. Follow the action 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).