ISA World Longboard Championship Returns in 2023, to be Hosted by Surf City El Salvador

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Soleil Errico from USA at the latest ISA World Longboard Championship. Photo: ISA / Pablo Jimenez

The International Surfing Association (ISA) is thrilled to announce the return of the ISA World Longboard Championship (WLC), taking place in Surf City El Salvador May 7-13, 2023.

Last held in Biarritz, France in 2019 with a record 103 surfers from 32 nations, the world championship promises to be extremely exciting with El Salvador’s world famous El Sunzal point an ideal destination for longboard surfing.

Once again proving their strong commitment to establishing El Salvador as a premier, global surfing destination, President Nayib Bukele and the Salvadoran government have extended their welcome to this important discipline in the ISA World Surfing Championship series.

Surf City El Salvador has now hosted four ISA Major Events in the past five years including the 2019 World SUP and Paddleboard World Championship, followed by the 2021 ISA World Surfing Games and the 2022 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship.

The second qualifying event for shortboard surfing in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, the 2023 Surf City El Salvador ISA World Surfing Games, will also follow the WLC in Surf City El Salvador later in May.

The 2019 WLC was dominated by Team France, who won the Team World Championship Trophy. France’s Alice Lemoigne and Justine Dupont won gold and silver medals respectively in the Women’s division, while brothers Antoine and Edouard Delpero took home the silver and bronze medals in the Men’s. Peru’s Benoit ‘Piccolo’ Clemente won the Men’s gold medal.

Longboard was first held as an ISA medal division at the 1988 ISA World Surfing Championship (now the ISA World Surfing Games) in Puerto Rico. The discipline continued as part of the ISA World Surfing Games until 2013, when it was held as a stand-alone event for the first-time in Huanchaco, Peru.

Antoine Delpero team France at the ISA World Longboard Championship. Photo: ISA / Pablo Jimenez

ISA President Fernando Aguerre said:

“Longboarding is such a beautiful and integral part of the surf culture around the globe and we can’t wait to once again showcase the sport on the amazing waves in Surf City El Salvador.

“Already one of the ISA’s most exciting and important World Championships, this Longboard has the added value of being a qualifying event for athletes from the Americas for the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games, as well as the ANOC World Beach Games this August in Bali.

“El Salvador’s incredibly long and fabulous waves are perfectly suited for the performance, style and grace found in longboarding. The ISA is so excited to continue to solidify our strong connection with Surf City El Salvador and welcome the world’s best longboarders to experience the beauty of its coastline and the wonderful hospitality of its people.

“We are always grateful to President Bukele and Minister Valdez for their exceptional support and understanding of the ISA’s mission to see a better world through surfing.”

President of El Salvador Nayib Bukele said:

We are proud to announce that we will hold another international competition this year in El Salvador, a surfing classic: the ISA World Longboard Championship.

This year, we will host many key surfing events; positioning El Salvador, once again, as the surfing epicenter of the world.

See you soon!

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