The surfing competition is set to commence on Sunday across both podiums of La Bocana and El Sunzal.
The first 24 heats of Men’s Main Event Round 1 will run at La Bocana, while the women’s first 24 heats will run at El Sunzal.
The start of competition marks the beginning of the pursuit of the coveted Olympic qualification slots. The highest ranking eligible 5 men and 7 women will book their slots in Surfing’s Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020.
The heats will be available live on www.isasurf.org and www.olympic.org. Viewers in Latin American will be able to consume content on ESPN and viewers in Brazil can watch on the Olympic Channel of Brazil.
During the Ceremony, President Nayib Bukele took a moment to remember the life of Katherine Diaz, a member of the El Salvador National Surfing Team who was struck by lightning and passed away while surfing her home break of La Bocana just two months ago.
“I’d like to remember Katherine Diaz, a great Salvadorean surfer,” said Bukele. “She was just 22 with her whole life ahead of her, but with a stroke of destiny she died doing what she loved most. I can imagine what that meant to her friends and family. I want to dedicate this worldwide tournament to her. You will now ride her waves, feel the sun she felt, walk in the sand she walked, so please enjoy everything, ride our waves, and have a blast.”
The 2021 Surf City El Salvador ISA World Surfing Games runs from May 29 – June 6. Follow the event with live broadcasts, news, videos, photos, schedules, results, and more on www.isasurf.org.