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2021 Pismo Beach ISA World Para Surfing Championship hosted by AmpSurf

Info for Event Participants

2021 Pismo Beach ISA World Para Surfing Championship hosted by AmpSurf

Info for Event Participants

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The 2021 Pismo Beach ISA World Para Surfing Championship hosted by AmpSurf is right around the corner. Below you will find all the relevant information for athletes, team officials, and media.

  • Event Registration

    Official event registration is now open. To start with the process complete the WPSC-Team-Roster_Spreadsheet and email it back to [email protected] and then follow the steps outlined below

    Registration Deadlines
    All online registration paperwork and payments must be received by the ISA by November 22 in order for your team to be registered. and then follow the steps outlined below

    Registration Fees:
    Athletes: Registration cost for Athletes is $250 USD per athlete.

    Classification: All athletes that require a classification assessment must pay the one-time classification fee of $50 (ISA Para Surfing Classification Process – $25, Classification Card – $25). All classified athletes are listed in the Para Surfing Classification Master List, any athletes not on the Master List must pay the classification fee.

    Support Personnel and Team Officials: Each National Team is allowed up to five free support personnel registrations. For Nationals Teams with less than 5 athletes, the ratio of free support personnel is 1 per athlete (i.e. a National Team with 3 athlete registrations is allowed 3 free support personnel). Any additional support personnel and team officials must complete a registration payment of $50 USD.

    Registration Process:
    Each National Team Manager will receive a unique code from the ISA Lineup for your athletes and team officials to complete their required online registration by the November 22nd deadline. This has been sent to you directly by the ISA Membership and Development Department.

    As you will note, the online registration requires the upload of a profile photo and passport of each participant. Please ensure that you have these ready when completing your online registration. There is also a consent to the ISA COVID Protocols for the event and the ability to upload your vaccination card in compliance with these protocols.

    Given the quickly approaching deadline, we appreciate your cooperation in ensuring this process is completed at the soonest possible convenience, no later than November 22.

    Once all athletes and team officials have completed their online registration, the team manager will be required to confirm the roster and complete payment. Payment is done via the ISA Lineup in the following ways:

    1. Credit card payment direct through the platform
    2. Request an invoice to complete a payment via Wire Transfer or Credit Card, if paying with this option please also confirm with [email protected] before proceeding with the payment.

    Please also reference the video outlining how to register via the ISA Lineup here:
    How to register for Athletes + Team Officials – English Version
    How to register for Athletes + Team Officials – Spanish Version
    For Team Managers – How to complete team registration and payment

  • Discounted Accommodation Information

    Please reference the WPSC Accommodation Information PDF to book discounted accommodation in Pismo Beach.

    Please contact the hotel directly to reserve the accommodation and reference the promo code: AmpSurf2021

    For discounted event pricing of $125 USD/night/room (plus all applicable fee and taxes), please use promo code: AmpSurf2021 at the time of reservation.

    Sandcastle Hotel On the Beach

    100 Stimson Ave, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

    Phone: +1 (805) 773-2422

    Oxford Suites

    651 5 Cities Dr, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

    Phone: +1 (805) 773-3773

    SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel

    2241 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

    Phone: +1 (805) 773-4608

    Hilton Garden Inn

    601 James Way, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

    Please use the following link for direct access to the discount rate for this hotel:,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT


    2555 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

    Phone: +1 (805) 773-4671

    Cottage Inn By the Sea

    2351 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

    Phone: +1 (805) 773-4617


  • Event Schedule

    Click Here to View the 2021 Pismo Beach ISA World Para Surfing Championship hosted by AmpSurf Schedule

    Outside of competition highlights include:

    EXCLUSIVE SCREENING – Waterman Movie
    Thursday December 9th @ 5:30pm in the Pier Plaza

    We will host an exclusive screening of “Waterman” courtesy of our presenting sponsor Sidewinder Films and the Foundation for Global Sports Development. “Waterman” explores the journey and legacy of Duke Kahanamoku and delves into Duke’s personal successes, struggles and humanitarianism through rare footage, contemporary visuals and incisive interviews. Watch the Trailer



  • Travel Requirements to USA

    Please review important information for Travel to the USA regarding Visas and the CDC’s requirements for COVID-19 Vaccination to travel to the USA which goes into effect November 8th:

    The ISA is liaising with the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) on travel assistance for this event so please do not hesitate to contact [email protected] with any questions or for assistance with travel to the USA.

    Do you require a Visa to enter the USA: Yes or No

    To determine if you require a visa to travel to the United States, please refer to the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee’s visa handbook. Please note, if you are from a Visa Waiver Program country, you may qualify for an ESTA. To apply for ESTA, please visit

    If Yes, please request a letter of invitation from the ISA and consider:

      1. Is this your first time applying for a visa?
      2. Did you have a visa that expired within the last 48 months?  If yes, you may qualify for an interview waiver.

    Note: If you require a visa to travel to the United States, it is recommended that you begin the application process as soon as possible. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many U.S. embassies and consulates are experiencing high demand. When scheduling your appointment, please take the soonest appointment available (even if it is after the event date and request an emergency appointment). In your emergency appointment request, please include the following language:

    I am an athlete/official traveling to Pismo Beach, California to participate in the ISA World Para Surfing Championships from December 6-11, 2021.  This event gathers the world’s best Para Surfers to compete and display their talents in a Paralympic-style, World Championship competition. [A sentence about their accomplishments and/or the country’s ranking.]  It is important I can participate.

    [IF SPACE: When awarding events, the ease of entry into the U.S. for events is an important factor considered by International Sport Federations.  Olympic and Paralympic Sport is a $1.5 billion industry in America.  National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) represent roughly $1.1 billion and provide support to establish and grow athletic participation. Many NGBs rely heavily on proceeds from hosting international events for revenue.  NGBs are employers and provide jobs to American workers. Providing priority access for appointments to international athletes and officials will allow events on the 2021 and 2022 calendar to move forward, maintain and rehire lost jobs for NGB workers, and drive economic benefit to local communities.]

    Please notify the ISA once this is done and include your current appointment date, appointment location, and DS-160 number so that we may better assist you.

    If no:

      1. I have a valid visa
      2. I am from Visa Waiver Program Country

    Negative COVID-19 Test before you arrive in the United States:

    All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated peopleare required to have a negative COVID-19 viral test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.

  • COVID 19 Bio-Security Protocols

    COVID-19 Letter of Commitment

    COVID19 Commitment Letter SPA

    All registered athletes and officials commit to faithfully comply with the biosecurity measures established by the International Surfing Association, before, during and after the event, to be held from Dec 6th to 11th, 2021, in Pismo Beach, CA, USA, being the following:

    1. Provide the ISA with either a proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and/or a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within 72 hours of initial arrival to the event site.
    2. Comply with the COVID-19 protocols within the International Airports in the United States of America;
    3. Remain in social bubbles, clusters or groups;
    4. Comply with the biosecurity protocols to be implemented by the organization before, during and after the event and general indications regarding biosecurity such as:
      • Correct and consistent use of accreditation (wristband) until the end of the event,
      • Correct and consistent use of a mask, namely,
        • Mandated for all indoor activities, and specifically the Managers’ Meeting, Symposium, and Classification.
        • Recommended in all areas on the event site when in close proximity to others.
      • Frequent hand washing and use of sanitizing alcohol gel,
      • Maintain social distancing of 6ft (2m) whenever possible.
    5. Allow health care personnel to take my temperature on a daily and periodic basis or whenever necessary
    6. If according to my symptomatology, or if the results of the SARS-COV-2 PCR test are positive, I agree to comply with the indications of health personnel, to not go to the event site, to not be in close contact with event participants, and to self-isolate until I receive a negative SARS-COV-2 PCR test and no longer have symptoms.
    7. In case of presenting COVID-19 symptoms (including a cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell) I will notify the ISA Medical Officer ([email protected]), self-isolate, receive a COVID-19 test, and notify the ISA Medical Officer ([email protected]) of the results. I agree to remain in isolation until given clearance by the ISA Medical Officer or his designee.
    8. The costs of lodging and food derived from a mandatory quarantine or self-isolation due to COVID-19 in the USA, will be my responsibility.
    9. I confirm that I understand the ISA Rulebook, and the above specific ISA COVID-19 rules being implemented for the 2021 Pismo Beach ISA World Para Surfing Championship hosted by AmpSurf. I understand that failure to abide by the policies set forth could result with penalties including, but not limited to, fines, removal of accreditation, and disqualification.
  • On-Site Classification Appointments

    Book your classification appointment for December 4 or 5 via the following link: 


    Please be sure you have submitted your MDF and followed the steps outlined on the classification page here:


    Contact [email protected] with any questions about this.

  • COVID Testing Locations

    Testing Locations:
    Full list of Testing Facilities in SLO county

    Free Testing Facility (Recommended if showing any symptoms of COVID):
    Grover Beach Community Testing Location

    • Address: 1336 Ramona Ave #A, Grover Beach, CA 93433
    • Phone Number: 1-888-634-1123
    • Results take an average of 2-days turnaround time (can anywhere from 1-5 days)
    • Results can be used for travel but time to get results cannot be guaranteed

    Paid Testing Facilities: Med Stop Urgent Care Center

  • Pismo Beach Local Restaurants + Business Discounts for Event Participants

    Our friends at AmpSurf have organized a variety of discounts from local restaurants and businesses in Pismo Beach for all registered participants. Click the link on the side to view these.

  • Para Surfing Symposium Agenda - December 5th 1-3:30pm @ Inn at the Pier
  • ISA Para Surfing Rulebook

    View the updated 2021 WPSC Rulebook here

  • Volunteers

    Sign Up Here:


    Thank you for your interest to volunteer at the 2021 Pismo Beach ISA World Para Surfing Championship, the healing power of the ocean and adaptive surfing to our participants.

    Volunteering can be a very rewarding experience and the success of this event is rooted in passionate and committed volunteers!

    Volunteer Daily Schedule:

    If you volunteer to help out at an event, make sure you can commit for the whole time period you have signed up for. The competitors and participants and your fellow volunteers are counting on you! We understand that circumstances change so please ensure you mail [email protected] if you cannot meet your commitment.

    Please read our Beach Policy Manual found on

    General schedule by volunteer type:

    Security – Whole Event – December 4th-12th

    6hr shifts daily going from Dec. 4th through Dec. 12th

    General Event Assistance- Whole Event December 4th-12th

    Roles include Set -up, Tear down, Wheelchair transfers, Judging spotter, Tabulator, food/water distrbution

    6hr shifts going from Dec. 4th through Dec. 12th

    Water Safety – Contest days Only -Dec7th-11th

    6-4hr shifts going from 6am -6pm

    Clinic Volunteers (Instructors, Beach and Water Assists) – December 5th

    7:00 – Volunteers Arrive/Set up

    7:30 – All Volunteer briefing

    8:00 – Participants arrive and are fitted for wetsuits if desired.

    8:30 – Welcome brief Participants/Volunteers, dry-land training and safety briefing, group photo

    9:00 – 11:00 In-Water surf instruction.

    11:30 – Final comments, participants depart / Volunteers tear down and pack up

  • Anti-Doping


    • As a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code, the ISA implements a strict adherence to the Code as a way to ensure a clean, healthy and fair sporting atmosphere for all athletes.
    • In registering for the 2021 Para Surfing Championships, all athletes must adhere to the ISA Anti-Doping Rules which, among other requirements, states that all Athletes competing in ISA World Championships shall be subject to In Competition Testing at any time, with or without advance notice.
    • Athletes are responsible for making sure any medication that is taken is not listed on the 2021 WADA Prohibited Substance List. For more information regarding the ISA’s Anti-Doping Program, including a link to the WADA Prohibited Substance List, instructions on how to apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption Form (TUE), and the contact information for the International Testing Agency, please visit the ISA’s Anti Doping page here:
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