ISA invited Bulgaria at World Masters Surfing Championship – July 14 to 22, 2012 Colorado Beach at Hacienda Iguana, Nicaragua

ISA покани за участие България на World Masters Surfing Championship – July 14 to 22, 2012 Colorado Beach at Hacienda Iguana, Nicaragua, чрез официално покана до БАЕВС, за което може да се възползва всеки член на асоциацията и запален сърфист!

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ISA World Masters Surfing Championship: Pairing the Best Over-35 Surfers With Epic Conditions Since Its Beginning

Current and Former World Champions and Top Pros Will be Putting on the ISA Masters Singlet in Nicaragua

Nicaragua ISA World Masters Surfing Championship
July 14 to 22, 2012
Colorado Beach at Hacienda Iguana, Nicaragua

The ISA World Masters Surfing Championship seems to be an event blessed by Mother Nature. Since the event’s inception in 2007, swells have arrived right on schedule each year and remained for the duration of the respective contest.

The best over-35-year-old competitors from surfing’s superpower nations and countries with growing surf scenes have been graced with overhead, rippable waves everywhere the ISA has taken them – from Rincon, Puerto Rico to Punta Rocas, Peru to Santa Catalina, Panama. If history repeats itself, the 2012 Nicaragua ISA World Masters Surfing Championship will experience pumping conditions at Colorado Beach at Hacienda Iguana.

“Call it good luck or good fortune, but it seems Mother Nature is happy we decided to create a Masters event,” ISA President Fernando Aguerre said.

Of course, this is not just good fortune. Due to the importance of the ISA World Masters, extensive work goes into selecting a suitable venue each year. This year, the wave at Colorado Beach transforms from a barreling beachbreak on low tide to a skate park on higher tides, with long, open faces. Even when the winds come up, they blow favorably due to the Lake Nicaragua Effect, a natural phenomenon, which causes the winds to blow offshore most of the year.

Along with great weather and wave conditions, the names who’ve donned the ISA Masters lycra singlets are a veritable who’s-who of surf stardom: ASP world champions Tom Curren (USA) and Layne Beachley (AUS); top five World Tour competitors Fabio Gouveia (BRA), Victor Ribas (BRA) and Heather Clark (RSA); Pipeline Master Rob Page (HAW); and World Tour competitors Davey Gonzalez (HAW), Andrea Lopes (BRA), Toby Martin (AUS), Ross Williams (HAW), Juan Ashton (PUR) and Chris Knutsen (RSA).

Most of the names on that list will be making the trip this July to compete in one of the age-specific divisions (Men’s Masters, over 35 years; Men’s Grand Masters, over 40; Men’s Kahunas, over 45; Men’s Grand Kahunas, over 50; Women’s Masters, over 35) in Nicaragua, representing their respective country in with hopes of winning an individual medal and, more importantly, the Team Gold Medal and the perpetual Eduardo Arena ISA Trophy.

Competing on behalf of their respective countries also gives the traveling athletes the opportunity to surf a world-class wave for a week with only three others in the lineup.

“Based on the performances we’ve seen over the years, it’s true what they say: age is just a number,” Aguerre said. “Most of these men and women, if you put them in a professional contest today, they’d probably win a few heats, if not more.”

Past results show that South Africa has been one of the powerhouses at the Masters level, highlighted by the multiple Gold Medals won by Knutsen (four) and Clark (two), leading to two Team Gold Medals.

However, the most decorated Masters surfer comes from a country that had never previously had a surfing world champion: Juan Ashton of Puerto Rico. Ashton has won a Gold Medal each of the four years that he’s competed in the ISA World Masters, two in the Men’s Masters (Over 35) division and two in Men’s Grand Masters (Over 40).

Last year in El Salvador, the USA fielded a team in the ISA World Masters Surfing Championship for the first time. Led by three-time ASP World Champion Tom Curren – a once-in-a-generation-type surfer – the Americans let it be known that Southern Hemisphere countries’ domination was not going to be an easy job. (Australia won in 2010).

Be sure to check in to www.isasurf.org for further updates about the event as they are released.

Nicaragua Optimistic its Surfing Future Will be Bright After Hosting an ISA World Championship Event

ISA World Masters Event Supported at the Highest Levels of Government in Nicaragua

Nicaragua ISA World Masters Surfing Championship
July 14 to 22, 2012
Colorado beach at Hacienda Iguana, Nicaragua

Surfing has the ability to transform. It transforms us as individuals, turning us into active participants in the ocean, and active defenders of its health and survival. Surfing also has the ability to transform a community, a region and even a country – even if it’s in a small way. The government of Nicaragua, and its Tourism Department, are bringing the ISA World Masters Surfing Championship to its shores in July, as part of their plan so that transformation will take place in their country.

The event, which begins on July 14, will bring the best over-35-year-old surfers in the world to compete in the waves at Colorado beach at Hacienda Iguana. Several former ISA and ASP World Champions and numerous over 35 top professional surfers will represent their respective country in hopes of achieving the glory of winning an individual medal and, more importantly, a team medal. In turn, the elite-level athletes will bring the spotlight of the national and international media.

“Nicaragua is among the ten top countries for the best waves and beaches for surfing, but this fact is not well known by the world and INTUR believes that by organizing ISA World Championship events that the world will know that this country is ready to receive surfers from around the globe,” said Mario Salinas, the Tourism Minister of Nicaragua. “The media exposure the country will gain from this World Championship is going to be very important for Nicaragua. After this event, the country is going to witness a quality change in the surfing segment for which we are getting prepared with infrastructure, lodging, surfing schools, etc. All these is going to have an important impact in the local economy of the area.”

Nicaragua is by no means new to surfing. Traveling surfers have been coming to the west coast of the country for years to ride the vast array of waves available, most of which are immaculately groomed by the “Lake Nicaragua Effect”, which causes the winds to blow off-shore almost year-round.

“As the ISA has said, and as many people around the world have recognized, surfing is about more than just riding waves – it can be a vehicle for change,” said Fernando Aguerre, the president of the ISA. “The Aloha spirit is contagious. It spreads good vibes, and it attracts world travelers, which brings tourism dollars into surfing destinations. Everybody wins.”

The ISA World Masters is supported at the highest level of government in Nicaragua. Negotiations were held with the Minister of Tourism, Mario Salinas, who has confirmed the full support of the President of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega.

Due to the importance of the event, extensive work was put into selecting the proper venue. The wave at Colorado beach was selected because of its world-class caliber. It’s ideal in tides both high and low, and offers both lefts and rights, barrels and sections for big turns and aerials. It should suit the talents of five-time world champion Tom Curren (USA), four-time world champion Juan Ashton (PUR), and two-time world champion Heather Clark (RSA).

According to Lucy Valenti, the Executive President of Gray Line Nicaragua, which is helping to organize the event, the invested parties intend to document the positive impacts the ISA Masters World Championship have on the surfing culture in Nicaragua, and presenting them to Minister Salinas, so as to make sure that surfing will be developed in a sustainable manner to keep the proper balance between development of the communities, protecting the environment and conserving the local culture.

Be sure to check in to www.isasurf.org for further updates about the event as they are released.

Media Contacts  Pablo Zanocchi Media Manager International Surfing Association Pablo@isasurf.org

Chasen Marshall  English Media Manager International Surfing Association  chasenmarshall@isasurf.org

Posted on June 19, 2012, in 2012, NEWS. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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