256 surfers to compete on their National Surfing Teams at the 2021 Surf City El Salvador ISA World Surfing Games
121 women set female participation record for third consecutive year
12 Tokyo 2020 slots up for grabs
256 surfers from 52 nations across all continents of the globe are set to gather for the 2021 Surf City El Salvador ISA World Surfing Games May 29 – June 6 in the coastal town of El Tunco.
The 256 surfers who will vie for Gold are the most in the modern-era of the event since 2013 when the divisions were narrowed to include only Men’s and Women’s shortboard. The increase in participation comes with 12 Olympic slots on the line – 7 for women and 5 for men – as surfers from all around the globe look to earn their path to the greatest stage in sport at Tokyo 2020.
View the full list of countries and team rosters here.
The 121 women that make up 47% of the field have broken the World Surfing Games record for female participation for the third consecutive year. In 2019, 103 women competed, comprising 42% of participants.
The continued growth in women’s participation is testament to the ISA’s continued commitment to promoting gender equality in the sport through initiatives such as equal opportunity in competition, a Scholarship Program for U-18 surfers, and free judging development programs just for women.
Peru’s Sofia Mulanovich and Brazil’s Italo Ferreira will both return to defend their 2019 Titles earned in Miyazaki, Japan.
The 37-year-old Mulanovich, who earned her first Gold Medal at the 2004 edition of the event, returned 15 years later in 2019 to add to an already illustrious career with her second individual World Surfing Games Gold Medal. Mulanovich will look to become one of the 7 women to qualify for Surfing’s debut in the Olympics.
The provisionally-qualified Olympian and reigning World Surf League Champion, Ferreira, will bolster the super-star squad of defending Team World Champion Brazil. Joining Ferreira will be Olympic teammates Gabriel Medina, Tatiana Weston-Webb, and Silvana Lima along with top surfers Filipe Toledo and Júlia Santos.