Huntington Beach to host VISSLA World Junior Surfing Championship ·

Huntington Beach to host VISSLA World Junior Surfing Championship

The 2018 edition of the VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship – presented by Visit Huntington Beach – has set the teams participation record for the second year in a row, with the 44 attending nations set to surpass the record 41 set in 2017.

At the same time, the 154 girls that have registered for the event has also set a new participation record, set at the 2016 edition in the Azores Islands of Portugal when 104 girls took part. The increase in participation marks a success in the ISA’s push for gender equality in the sport.

The 44 National Teams – from all five continents – will send 362 of their top under-18 surfers to Huntington Beach, USA from October 27 to November 4 with their sights set on winning the individual Gold Medals and overall Team World Championship.

The 2018 edition of the VISSLA ISA Juniors marks an important moment in the event’s history as the first to feature equal slots for girls and boys, once more highlighting the ISA’s global commitment to gender equality. In 2018, all four divisions, Girl’s and Boy’s U-16 and U-18, will feature a maximum of three athletes each per country.

Having played a historic role in the history of the ISA, Huntington Beach will return to host its fifth ISA Global Event in 2018. The last time the ISA Juniors were held in Huntington Beach was in 2005 when Australia’s Stephanie Gilmore earned her second ISA Junior Title.

ISA President Fernando Aguerre said:

“2018 is set to be another incredible year for the VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship. We have an elite level of talent coming from all around the world, demonstrating the inclusive, global nature of the ISA.

“This is a year for the girls to shine, as the first edition to feature complete gender equality. The level of women’s Surfing has been exploding and I am excited to see who will rise to the top and stake their claim as World Champions.

“I would like to give special recognition to the dedicated support of Vissla towards the ISA and Junior Surfing as a whole. They have been a key factor in the growth and success of this Global Event since 2014, and I look forward to growing our partnership through 2020 and beyond.

“We also are excited that the Surfrider Foundation has agreed to be the official sustainability partner for the event and to organize a baseline study of ISA practices in order to assist us in improving our sustainability efforts at every ISA Global Event.”

The schedule for the event will be as follows*:

October 27 – Opening Ceremony at 10am, Main St. and Pier Plaza

October 27 – Competition to commence at 3pm, Huntington Beach Pier south side

October 28 – November 4 – Competition at Huntington Beach Pier south side, 7:30am – 5pm

November 4 – Closing Ceremony after competition

*Schedule subject to changes. All times in Pacific Standard Time. To see the full schedule of activities, click here. The event will be streamed live on October 27 – November 4.

Upcoming Huntington Beach Events

Corgi Beach Day –October 27th The largest bash of its kind in Huntington Beach celebrates corgis; the cute little dogs known for their great personalities, adorable coats and smiles. The event is a way for corgi owners and lovers to commune and celebrate. All dogs are welcome to attend. There will be contests, photo backdrops, vendors and a big beach to pawty at!

California Food and Wine Festival – November 10

Wine, food, music, sea and sun. These elements create the quintessential wine tasting experience at the California Wine Festival – Huntington Beach. Paséa Hotel & Spa will host California’s best wineries pouring hundreds of vintage red and white wines, complemented by dozens of the region’s top chefs and specialty food purveyors serving gourmet appetizers along with live music and an ocean view. Experience one of the California’s most popular wine festivals at the Best Beach in California! The event will run for two days with options of VIP or GA tickets. Ticket price includes all wine and food samples and an 18 oz keepsake wine glass.

Veteran’s Day Ceremony and Car Show – November 11

The annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony and Car Show in Huntington Beach remembers and honors the sacrifices of those Americans who gave their time, their fighting spirit and sometimes their lives in war. Beginning at Pier Plaza with a Veteran’s Day Ceremony, the day continues with hundreds of classic, collector cars, customs, motorcycles and more at the city beach parking lot across the street from major resort hotels, Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa and The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel. Enjoy various vendors with great food, stage entertainment including performances from local bands, and more

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