Major surfing events heading to Japan and Brazil
Surfing - 07 Dec 2017
Japan and Brazil have been awarded hosting rights to the two biggest events on the International Surfing Association calendar in 2018.
The sport’s governing body said the showpiece World Surfing Games will be held in the south coast Japanese city of Tahara, while the World SUP and Paddleboard Championship (WSUPPC) will take place in Buzios, on Brazil’s east coast.
Surfing will make its Olympics debut in Japan, at Tokyo 2020, and next year’s World Surfing Games – slated for 15 to 22 September – will be the first edition to feature complete gender equality.
This year’s event was staged in Biarritz, France.
The WSUPPC will be heading to Brazil for the first time, and is pencilled in to take place 23 November to 1 December.
This year’s championships took place in Denmark.
ISA president Fernando Aguerre said: “Bringing our flagship event back to Japan just two years before the [Olympic] Games with surely add to that excitement.
“On top of this, bringing the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship to Brazil, one of the world’s top surfing and SUP markets, will provide a great opportunity for the growth and development of the sport. The Brazilian minister of sport, Leonardo Picciani, has given the event his blessing and full support to grow the sport of SUP and contribute to the economic development of the region.
“We have experienced great success for SUP with inclusion in major multisport events and will continue to lead SUP down the correct path with the goal of Olympic inclusion in the Paris 2024 Games.”