The largest ever edition of the ISA World Para Surfing Championship kicked off today at the Pismo Beach Pier
Pismo Beach, California, U.S. – December 6th 2021
134 athletes representing 24 nations and 9 different Para Surfing Sport Classes descended on the beautiful stretch of California’s Central Coast with one goal in mind, to bring home gold for themselves and their teams.
The men and women that make up the diverse field are set to showcase precisely why this championship is such an energizing and infectious gathering. A variety of physical abilities provide the platform for an incredible display of surfing as much more than just a sport.
The Parade of Nations kicked off the colorful Opening, with flags from across the world filling Pismo Beach Pier Plaza, while the ISA’s signature Sands of the World Ceremony blended collections from iconic beaches into one container, symbolizing the gathering of para surfers in peace.
Representatives from the local indigenous yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini Northern Chumash tribe welcomed the athletes to their traditional lands, providing a prayer and blessing for all gathered.