45 teams gathered to celebrate the kickoff of the ISA World Juniors. Photo: ISA / Michael Rodriguez
419 of the world’s best junior surfers, representing 45 national teams, celebrated the opening of the 2022 Surf City El Salvador ISA World Junior Surfing Championship. It will crown Boys and Girls U-18 and U-16 World Champions in the coming days.
The iconic Sands of the World Ceremony highlighted the proceedings, with a member from each team pouring sand from their local beach into a transparent box, symbolizing the peaceful gathering of nations of the world through surfing.
The international delegations received a warm welcome from El Salvador Tourism Minister Morena Valdez and the Salvadoran people, who have invested heavily in the sport of surfing and in Surf City El Salvador as a world-class surf destination. A passionate surfer, Minister Valdez, encouraged each of the competitors to experience El Salvador diverse beauty.
ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said:
“This is the United Nations of surfing, here, today, for the rest of the world! Today we are showing the world, and especially the leaders of the world, the power of love, the power of peace, the power of empathy. Surfing can change the world.”
“We don’t need no more wars, we don’t need no more haters, we don’t need no more violence because all we need is love. You are the future of the ISA. You are the future of surfing and you are the future of a better world.”