During today’s Opening Ceremony, the International Surfing Association will welcome 27 nations to the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship Presented by Movistar in Lima, Peru. The official program started yesterday with a press conference hosted by a panel of athletes and organizers at the magnificent Hotel Bolívar in the heart of the city.
Attending the press conference were the President of the ISA, Fernando Aguerre, the Mayor of Punta Hermosa, Guillermo Fernández, Peruvian Sports Institute representative, Daisy Cereceda, Lima’s Municipality Tourism Manager, Mariel Rentería, Peruvian Surfing Federation Vice-President, Eduardo Cáceres and Peruvian Surfing Federation Executive Director and event organizer, Karín Sierralta.
“Peru is a Surfing Mecca. It is probably one of the places with the most consistent and highest quality waves in the world along with Indonesia, and its waves are probably bigger.” said Aguerre. “And the top junior surfers in the world agree: As of today we have a record-breaking amount of registrations for the event.”
Aguerre highlighted the level of the Junior surfers that will compete beginning this Sunday in Punta Hermosa. “They’re not only the future of surfing, they are the present.” The ISA President underscored the fact that most of today’s professional elite the surfers have had great results at past ISA events.
Peru’s Sofía Mulanovich, 2004 ISA Gold Medalist and 2004 ASP World Champion, Gabriel Villarán, Silver Medalist of the 2010 ISA World Surfing Games, Peruvian National Junior Team standouts Cristobal de Col and 14 year-old Melanie Giunta were the surfing stars also participating in the press conference.
With only a few hours to go until the start of the event on Sunday morning 0800 local Peru time (6am California), a crowd of over 280 of the best junior surfers from all over the world has been training in the big, powerful waves of Señoritas and Caballeros, getting ready for the world-greatest surfing tournament for Under-18 surfers.
At tonight’s Opening Ceremony, the traditional Parade of Nations of the World and the Sands of the World Ceremony will take place in Lima’s El Circuito Mágico del Agua, starting at 5:45 pm local time.