Central America consolidates its position as a favourite location to host world surfing championships, with two major events to take place in El Salvador and Panama.
El Salvador will host the World Master Surfing Championship from 16 to 23 October 2011 at Punta Roca beach. More than 300 participants, including some of the best surfers in the world, representing more than 30 countries, will compete in the event, which is expected to attract more than 240 million spectators worldwide.
José Napoleón Duarte Durán, Tourism Minister of El Salvador, commented: “This event will help promote El Salvador as a tourist destination. Our coastline offers some of the best opportunities for surfing, in beaches such as El sunzal, Punta Mango, Las Flores and the renowned Punta Roca, where the event will take place.” Waves at Punta Roca beach often reach up to 5 metres of height and extend for 500 metres, being considered ideal by many surfing professionals.
The World Junior Surfing Championship will take place in Panama from 14 to 22 April 2012, at a location yet to be confirmed. For Panama, hosting nearly 300 of the best junior surfers from 35 countries round the world in this 10th edition of the Championship is a clear indicator of the country’s potential as a surfing destination.
Fernando Aguerre, President of the International Surfing Association (ISA), said: “Surf in Panama is exceptional and, after the success of the World Surfing Games in Playa Venao this year, and the World Masters Surfing Championship in Santa Catalina in 2010, we look forward to bringing the World Junior Surfing Championship 2012 to the surfing paradise which is Panama, with its perfect waves and tropical climate.”
Panama consistently offers great surf all year round, both on its Atlantic and its Pacific coastlines. Its tropical climate and the friendly welcome of its people make this a perfect destination to host an event like this, which will include the best Boys Sub 18, Boys Sub 16 and Ladies Sub 18 surfers from around the world.
Central America offers a host of other great surfing destinations such as San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua (host of the Latin America Surfing Championship last August) or Costa Rica, in particular the beaches at Tamarindo, Santa Teresa, Jaco and Puerto Viejo.
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