Vissla is proud to announce the 2018 Vissla ISA World Junior Surfing Championship.
The VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship is the largest junior Surfing competition in the world, with the 2017 edition in Hyuga, Japan hosting 306 surfers from a record-breaking 41 nations across all continents of the globe. Previous editions of the event were held in Azores, Portugal (2016), Oceanside, California, USA, (2015) and Salinas, Ecuador (2014).
The 2018 event will make history as the first edition to promote gender equality, offering equal slots for boys and girls on each team. Each country will be able to field up to three boys and three girls in U-16 and U-18 Divisions - a maximum of twelve athletes per team - highlighting the ISA’s dedication to promoting gender equality across all disciplines of surfing.
Huntington Beach, host to numerous elite Surfing competitions, such as the US Open of Surfing, will host an ISA World Championship for the first time in over a decade.
Since the inception of the Junior Division in the ISA, the event has been a glimpse into who will become the future stars of the sport. Legendary surfer Tom Curren made history and jump-started his career as the first ISA Junior Champion in 1980. Past and current stars followed in his footsteps, including Gabriel Medina, Julian Wilson, Jordy Smith, Filipe Toledo, Owen Wright, Leonardo Fioravanti, Stephanie Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons, Laura Enever, Tatiana Weston-Webb, and Tyler Wright.
Catch all the live action at Huntington Beach Pier and via webcast on isasurf.org starting October 27th.