Ride the waves! Biarritz to host the ISA World Surfing Games

From May 21, 2017 to May 28, 2017
  • Biarritz, New Aquitaine, France

    Biarritz, New Aquitaine, France

    © FFS

  • Biarritz, New Aquitaine, France

    Biarritz, New Aquitaine, France

    © Antoine JUSTES, FFS

  • Biarritz, New Aquitaine, France

    Biarritz, New Aquitaine, France

    © FFS

Ride the waves! Biarritz to host the ISA World Surfing Games biarritz fr

The chic coastal resort of Biarritz in New Aquitaine has been synonymous with surf culture for years – and you only need a quick wander on the 6km stretch of sweeping sands to see why. The Grand Plage and Plage de la Côte des Basques are pummelled and pounded by some of the strongest swells on the French Atlantic coast, with reliable conditions that maintain a vibrant surfing calendar in the area from May to October.

The ISA World Surfing Games are set to return to Biarritz for the first time since 1980, when legendary US surfer Tom Curren was crowned first ISA Junior World Champion. It’s fitting, therefore, that Curren will be Honorary Patron of this year’s event. “I was really honoured to get the invitation to be an Honorary Patron of the 2017 ISA World Surfing Games,” he said. “I’ve spent a lot of time in Biarritz, so it means a lot to me. I have a lot of fond memories of my time in France. It gives me another reason to come back.”

The world’s best national surf teams are united as they compete for medals in what is the ISA’s flagship event. Brazil’s Miguel Pupo and Wiggolly Dantas, France’s Jeremy Flores (2009 ISA World Surfing Games Gold Medallist) and top-ranked pro Johanne Defay have all confirmed their participation at the iconic Grande Plage. Local organisers plan to transform Biarritz into an interactive ‘surf festival’ for the duration, inviting the public to fully engage with the event and the local community.

And it couldn't be better timing, since in 2017 the resort will also be celebrating its 60th anniversary of surfing.  “The ISA World Surfing Games is an excellent platform to display the world-class waves and beauty of France’s southwest coastline. We look forward to hosting the best surfers in the world,” comments ISA President Fernando Aguerre.

 

The schedule is as follows:

Sat 20 May
Parade of Nations and Opening Ceremony
Potential start to Open Women’s

Sun 21 – Tue 23 May
Women’s Competition (Main Rounds & Repechage) and Medal Ceremonies

Tue 23 May – Sun 28 May
Men’s Competition (Main Rounds & Repechage) and Medal Ceremonies
Closing Ceremonies

Want to keep up with the action from afar? A dedicated new mobile app will allow users to live stream the competition from anywhere in the world and give surfing fans up-to-date news, stats, results, photos and videos throughout the week-long event.

 

Click here to download the app for iOS or Android.


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