Hawaiians arrive in Nicaragua for ISA World Juniors
The Hawaii Surf Team will be competing against the top amateur surfers from over 40 countries on 6 continents in the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship. The team will be competing to defend their World Title from Panama, 2012. The ISA World Junior Surfing Championship will take place in Jiquiliste Beach in Tola, Nicaragua June 8 -16.
After their long journey, and a wonderful send off from the Honolulu International Airport the Hawaii Surf Team arrived in Nicaragua safe and sound. Everyone was eager to test the waters of Playa Santana after checking into their accommodations, which are only a few minutes walk from the contest venue.
Yesterday, June 6th was their first pre-event training day. The day started with an early morning yoga session. After breakfast, the team went to test their boards and fins. They are also learning the line up of Playa Santana.
The entire team surfed well. Everyone is looking good and feeling great. After lunch the team returned to Playa Santana to register with the ISA officials. Many other teams arrived today such as Uruguay, Peru, Barbados, and Portugal. Most of the other teams are expected tomorrow.
The team is staying focused. After registration, the coaches ran practice heats until dark. The forecast predicts an increase in the swell tomorrow and everyone is excited to get back into the water. Hawaii Surf Team = Together Everyone Achieve More! Follow and support the team, live coverage of the contest will be available on their site
The team consists of , Koa Smith, Dax McGill, Josh Moniz, BailyNagy, Kain Daly, Elijah Gates, Kaulana Apo, Imaikalani Devault, Maluhia Kinimaka, Kaoliopuuwai Kahokuloa, Seth Moniz, Mahena Madea, Titiana Weston-Webb. And Team Coaches, Rainos Hayes, Bert Ishimaru and Kahena Hart.
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 held the first stand-alone 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 70 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).