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The World’s Best Longboarders From 22 Countries Have Gathered In Historic Huanchaco, Peru, Where They Will Compete for Gold

Day one is LIVE. The participating National Delegations have announced their teams. Good luck to our Hawaii Team
Kai Sallas (Open Men)
Ned Snow (Open Men)
Megan Godinez (Open Women)
Honolua Blomfield (Junior U-18)

A total of 22 countries are confirmed to compete at the world-class, left pointbreak in Huanchaco, Peru. Longboarding has traditionally been included in the ISA World Surfing Games since 1988, but due to the growing popularity of this discipline, the ISA will present its first stand-alone World Longboard Championship.

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Each National Team consists of up to 2 Open Men, 1 Open Women and 1 Junior Under-18, plus Team Officials.

The confirmed countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Great Britain, Hawaii, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Uruguay, USA, and Venezuela.

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The Urcia family, who have been living in Huanchaco as fishermen for generations, demonstrate how to build the traditional “Caballito de Totora. It was here, in Huanchaco, 4,000 years ago, when the Chimu’s, a pre-hispanic culture, first used the reed boats for fishing and riding waves. Fishermen in Huanchaco are still using the vessel today. Juninho Urcia (right) is a 5-time ISA Scholarship Program recipient, which helped him become Peru’s youngest National Champion and an ISA Gold Medallist.Photo: ISA/Michael Tweddle

“Expectation is building in anticipation of the ISA World Longboard Championship with only a few days to go before the Opening Ceremony. All Teams have been announced and the athletes have begun to arrive in the historic northern Peruvian town of Huanchaco, known as the cradle of surfing in Latin America. It was here, in Huanchaco, 4,000 years ago, when Peruvian fishermen invented the Caballito de Totora, which is still the vessel being used by Huanchaco’s fishermen today,” remarked ISA President Fernando Aguerre.

The ISA President continued, “Peru is known for its ideal surfing conditions with consistent swell and great weather. The surfers will be practicing on the long lefts in preparation for the World Championship. Surf in the head high to overhead range is expected for the start of the competition. As I like to remind all athletes, even though only some of the competitors will win medals, they are all champions, having competed for their countries as members of their National Surfing Teams.”

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Fishing on the “Caballitos de Totora.” Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales

Below is a full list of the confirmed teams. Please note team registration closes on Saturday and team lists are subject to change.

Argentina
Martin Perez (Open Men)
Daniel Gil (Open Men)
Mary T. Gil (Open Women)
Surfiel Gil (Junior U-18)

Australia
Jared Neal(Open Men)
Ian Bell(Open Men)
Georgia Young (Open Women)
William Crowe (Junior U-18)

Brazil
Geraldo C Lemos Neto (Open Men)
Phil Rajzman (Open Men)
Atalanta Nascimento (Open Women)
Caio Felipe de Santana Santos (Junior U-18)

Canada
Tamaya Lola Laurena Anais Mignot (Open Junior, Open Women)

Chile
Mauricio Aguirre (Open Men)
Belko Suarez (Open Men)

Costa Rica
Anthony Mesen Flores (Open Men)
Alex Gomez Diaz (Open Men)

Ecuador
Isidro Villao (Open Men
Danny Flores  (Open Men
Michelle Soriano (Open Women)
Romano Rubilova (Open Junior)

France
Antonie Delpero (Open Men)
Edouard Delpero (Open Men)
Justine Dupont (Open Women)
Martin Coret (Junior U-18)

Great Britain
Adam Griffiths (Open Men)
Ben Skinner (Open Men)
Claire Smail (Open Women)
Ben Bates (Junior U-18)

Hawaii
Kai Sallas (Open Men)
Ned Snow (Open Men)
Megan Godinez (Open Women)
Honolua Blomfield (Junior U-18)

Italy
Alessandro De Martini (Open Men)
Camilla Michetti (Open Women)

Japan
Yuki Nakayama (Open Men)
Kinihiko Nishizaki (Open Men)
Shiho Okazawa

Mexico
To be confirmed

New Zealand
Antony McColl (Open Men)
Zen Wallis (Open Men)
Belinda Goodwin (Open Women)
Jordan Griffin (Junior U-18)

Panama
Alan Barnes (Open Men)

Peru
To be confirmed

Portugal
Luis Bento (Open Men)

Puerto Rico
Guaili Ramirez (Open Men)
Fernando L. Guzman Hau (Open Men)
Marien Blanco (Open Women)

South Africa
Thomas King (Open Men)
Jusin Bing (Open Men)
Simone Robb (Open Women)
Ethan Pentz (Junior U-18)

Uruguay
Antonio Pita (Open Men)
Gonzalo Eiris (Open Men)
Julian Schweizer (Junior U-18)

USA
Taylor Jensen (Open Men)
Tony Silvagni (Open Men)
Rachael Tilly  (Open Women)
Nick Anderberg (Junior U-18)

Venezuela
Francisco Hernandez (Open Men)
Jean Carlos Flores (Open Men)
Adriana Gamero (Open Women)
Yoyssis Delgado (Junior U-18)

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