DAY ONE IS ON! 36 National Teams Unite in Oceanside Celebrating ISA Spirit…

…with the Parade of Nations and Sands of the World Ceremony.

THE 2015 VISSLA ISA WORLD JUNIOR SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP HAS BEGUN MONDAY 10/12.

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ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, spoke to the international crowd in Oceanside.

“This is the largest ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in history. The 322 surfers from 36 countries will show us the present and future of Surfing.

The 2015 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship was officially declared open in Oceanside, California, marking the largest gathering of the world’s best junior surfers.

In attendance were 322 athletes from 36 National Teams that travelled from around the world. Dignitaries present at the ceremony included Fernando Aguerre, ISA President, Jim Wood, Mayor of Oceanside, Paul Naude, VISSLA President, and Karin Sierralta, ISA Vice President, who welcomed the National Delegations and celebrated the opening of the competition. Also in attendance was a delegation from the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) to survey the San Diego region as a potential host of the 2017 World Beach Games.

The ceremony began with the Parade of Nations, as each National Team marched down the boardwalk in Oceanside waving their national flags. ISA President Fernando Aguerre led the parade to the Junior Seau Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre where the festivities continued with the Sands of the World Ceremony.

The 36 National Delegations parade down the Oceanside boardwalk, kicking off the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship. Photo: ISA/Chris Grant

The 36 National Delegations parade down the Oceanside boardwalk, kicking off the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship. Photo: ISA/Chris Grant

After arriving to the amphitheater, two members from each team took to the main stage pouring sand from their local beach into the glass container while waving their national flag. The Sands of the Ceremony symbolizes the peaceful gathering nations of the world through surfing.

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