Surfing and StandUp Paddle Close in on Historic Pan Am Games Debut
The international’s top surfers from the American continent are set to make their debut inside the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, in which shortboard, longboard, SUP browsing, and SUP racing will characteristic at the Sports Programme for the first time.
Led by way of the ISA and its President, Fernando Aguerre, the inclusion of Surfing and SUP in the 2019 Pan Am Games have been a key a part of the ISA’s plan for inclusion of Surfing within the Olympic Games, which became permitted in 2016 in Rio, for the 2020 Tokyo Games.
All the surfing activities portion of the Pan Am Games will run from July 29 to August four on the renowned spoil of Punta Rocas, south of Lima’s town center.
The event will function a qualifier for Tokyo 2020, with the top eligible guy and girl of the shortboard division earning slots in Surfing’s Olympic debut. Given that the Pan Am Games are the third priority in Surfing’s Olympic qualification machine, the surfers that qualify for Tokyo 2020 will not be confirmed until the 2020 World Surfing Games and 2019 World Surf League Championship Tour concludes.
Many of the pinnacle abilities of the Americas have confirmed their participation in Lima 2019, a good way to characteristic over 6,500 athletes from forty-one international locations in one in all the biggest gatherings of Olympic and non-Olympic sports outside the Olympic Games.
Argentina’s Santiago Muñiz, Mexico’s Jhony Corzo, and Costa Rica’s Noe Mar McGonagle are the past ISA World Surfing Games Gold Medalists to be able to look to earn the coveted slot for Tokyo 2020.
The longboard competition will characteristic the nearby Peruvian and lately topped ISA Gold Medalist Benoit Clemente at the guys’ facet, with Brazil’s -time ISA Medalist Chloe Calmon coming into as the pinnacle seed for the girls.
The SUP opposition will even function the game’s top names in what’s going to be the biggest milestone for the subject thus far.
Brazil will area a strong team for the SUP surfing opposition, offering ISA Gold Medalists in the men’s and women’s activities. Luiz Diniz, the two-time, reigning ISA World Champion will be joined by using the 2013 ISA World Champion Nicole Pacelli.
Team USA’s megastar-studded talent will lead the rate for the SUP racing subject. ISA Gold Medalists Candice Appleby and Connor Baxter have certified, with Appleby double qualifying in each the SUP browsing and racing competitions.
Canada’s Lina Augaitis, a two-time ISA Gold Medalist in her own right, has also qualified and could create steep opposition for Appleby within the SUP racing area.
ISA President Fernando Aguerre said:
“The ISA is proud to peer Surfing make its highest-profile appearance but in the Olympic Movement. Not only will lovers around the world see the way of life, power, and excessive-performance of surfing, but in addition they will be dealt with with the inclusion of the surfing disciplines of StandUp Paddle browsing and racing, to be able to offer a new, youthful outlook to the occasion.
“The ISA led the rate for the inclusion of Surfing and SUP in the 2019 Pan Am Games, as part of our plan for inclusion inside the Olympic Games, which become authorized in 2016 in Rio.
“Pan Am inclusion is a stepping stone, and certainly indicative of the importance, popularity, and fee of Surfing each inside the Olympic Movement and in our oceans, lakes, and rivers around the sector.”
The International Surfing Association (ISA), founded in 1964, is recognized by way of the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. The ISA governs and defines Surfing as Shortboard, Longboard & Bodyboarding, StandUp Paddle (SUP) Racing and Surfing, Bodysurfing, Wakesurfing, and all other wave riding sports on any type of waves, and on flat water using wave driving device. The ISA topped its first Men’s and Women’s World Champions in 1964. It crowned the primary Big Wave World Champion in 1965; World Junior Champion in 1980; World Kneeboard Champions in 1982; World Longboard Surfing and World Bodyboard Champions in 1988; World Tandem Surfing Champions in 2006; World Masters Champions in 2007; and World StandUp Paddle (SUP, each surfing and racing) and Paddleboard Champions in 2012.
ISA membership consists of the browsing National Federations of 106 nations on five continents. The ISA is presided over by using Fernando Aguerre (ARG). The Executive Committee includes four Vice-Presidents Karín Sierralta (PER), Kirsty Coventry (ZIM), Casper Steinfath (DEN) and Barbara Kendall (NZL), Athletes’ Commission Chair Justine Dupont (FRA), Regular Members Atsushi Sakai (JPN) and Jean Luc Arassus (FRA) and ISA Executive Director Robert Fasulo as Ex-officio Member.