Biarritz will host the 2017 ISA World Surfing Games, bringing the competition to Europe for the first time since 2008 when it was held in Costa da Caparica, Portugal. In May, the world’s best National Surfing Teams will come together to compete for Gold. The ISA World Surfing Games were last held in Biarritz in 1980, where legendary surfer, Tom Curren, from USA, launched his successful career by taking the Gold Medal in the Junior Division.
President of the ISA, Fernando Aguerre, said:
“I’m very happy to see the return of our flagship event back to Europe. France is a great surfing destination and Biarritz in particular, is a wonderful coastal city transformed by surfing in the last decades. We are excited to be partnering with the French Surfing Federation for this extremely important event and to grow and promote Surfing in Europe. The best surfers in the world will be participating as members of their official National Surfing Teams. The world-class waves of Biarritz will be a perfect place to showcase our sport on the road to Tokyo 2020. With athletes competing for the pride of representing their nations in true Olympic spirit, the ISA World Surfing Games are a glimpse into the future of Olympic Surfing that we will witness at Tokyo 2020.”