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ISA World Junior Surfing Championship Returns to Surf City El Salvador in 2024

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For immediate release

24 January 2024

From: International Surfing Association
Sport: International Junior Surfing
Event: 2024 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship
Disciplines: Under 16, 18 Boys and Girls
Date: May 3-12 2024
Location: El Salvador
Websites: ISA and Surfing New Zealand

ISA World Junior Surfing Championship Returns to Surf City El Salvador in 2024

Surf City El Salvador to host the world’s premier junior surfing competition for the second time, May 3rd – 12th, 2024

California, USA – January 23, 2024

The International Surfing Association (ISA) is pleased to announce that the 2024 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship (WJSC) will be hosted by Surf City El Salvador, May 3rd to 12th, 2024, at the now iconic waves of La Bocana and El Sunzal.

The 20th edition of the championship will be the second time for Surf City El Salvador to host the world’s best junior surfers, after the historic 2022 event.

33 out of the 40 Tokyo 2020 Olympic surfers previously participated in the WJSC, proving this prestigious event to be a direct pathway to the Olympic Games, with 16 of them claiming ISA World Junior medals, including Olympic Bronze Medalist Owen Wright (AUS) and current WSL World Champion Caroline Marks (USA).

Past ISA World Junior Champions also include Filipe Toledo (BRA), Gabriel Medina (BRA) and Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), along with Paris 2024 qualified surfers Tyler Wright (AUS), Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA), Jordy Smith (RSA), Brisa Hennessy (CRC), and Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA).

2022 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship / Photo: Pablo Franco

ISA President Fernando Aguerre said:

“I am so excited to see the return of the world’s best junior surfers to the incredible waves of Surf City El Salvador. The peak of La Bocana and the amazing point break of El Sunzal have delivered so many important moments in surf history these past few years and there are many more yet to come.

“It is undeniable that the support from the Salvadoran government for surfing is strengthening their nation and it’s a huge driver in the development of global surfing by once again hosting the future stars of the sport.

The Minister of Tourism of El Salvador, Morena Valdez, said:

“El Salvador has now established itself as one of the premier hosts for major, global surfing events, highlighted by the ISA’s confidence and decision to return to our country with these World Championships.

The combination of this ISA Event and other major sporting events consolidates El Salvador as a leading host destination, promoting tourism, investment and showcasing the country’s image on a global scale.”


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