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Huntington Beach, California – November 5, 2023
The 2023 ISA World Para Surfing Championship (WPSC) officially opened today in Surf City USA, with hundreds of spectators turning up to Huntington Beach’s Main Street to show their support and witness the largest gathering of Para Surfers in history.
The Parade of Nations was a stunning sight, led by the Huntington Beach High School marching band. The opening featured 184 of the world’s best Para Surfers, representing 27 national teams, and 9 different Para Surfing Sport Classes, coming together with flags waving high and loud cheers ringing out, as they paraded towards the famous Huntington Beach Pier.
The ISA’s signature Sands of the World ceremony followed. One member from each national team poured sand from their local beach into a single container, a symbol of the peaceful gathering of nations of the world through surfing.