The International Surfing Association (ISA) is thrilled to announce the 2023 ISA World Surfing Games, taking place in El Sunzal and La Bocana, Surf City El Salvador May 30 – June 7, 2023. Below you will find all the relevant information for participating National Teams

Registration Deadline: May 15th

  • How to Register


    1. Have one (1) representative from your National Federation confirm your team’s attendance to the ISA by sending an email to [email protected].
    2. Complete the team roster spreadsheet and send the completed version to [email protected].
    3. An invoice will be sent to the email addresses provided on the team roster spreadsheet. Payment of your invoice will be taken via Credit Card, PayPal ([email protected]), or wire transfer
    4. Once the invoice has been paid, participants will receive instructions for event registration via “The LineUp”online platform.

    Closing of Registration (May 15th, 2023): All payment and online registration must be complete and received by the ISA to participate. If your team is submitting an international wire transfer, plan accordingly considering international transfers take several days to appear. We will not accept the participation of any unpaid individuals following May 16th.

    Registration Fees:

    The cost of registration is $275 USD.

    Registration is charged to all those attending with the National Team. This includes coaches, managers, team doctors, team media, family, friends, etc.

    All participants must be approved by the National Federation

    National Teams will not be allowed to participate if there is any outstanding debt with the ISA.

    Only ISA Members from territories with representation of a National Olympic Committee (NOC) are eligible to compete at the 2023 ISA WSG. This applies to all attending countries, regardless of continent.

  • Team Size
    1. Men’s Open Division: 3
    2. Women’s Open Division: 3
    3. Team Officials: Discretion of team management
  • Event Schedule

    Now: Registration Open

    May 15: Deadline for registration. All payment/Line Up registration must be complete and received by the ISA, no exceptions.

    May 29: Manager’s Meeting

    May 30: Opening Ceremony, Day 1 of Competition

    May 31 – June 6: Competition Days

    June 7: Finals Day, Closing Ceremony


  • ISA Rulebook

    The ISA is currently reviewing the ISA Rulebook for potential updates. The latest version of the rulebook will be circulated a minimum of 30 days prior to the event. In the meantime, please reference:

  • 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 2023 ISA WSG, 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 2023 WADA Prohibited Substance List.

    For more information regarding the ISA’s Anti-Doping Program, including a link to the ISA Anti-Doping Rules, 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:

  • Transportation

    The government of El Salvador will provide free of charge transportation for each team with their own car/driver for the following dates: 

    ISA WSG: May 30 – June 7 


    Other general information to consider: 

    • Each delegation is responsible for their transportation to and from the airport.
    • If any participant wishes to leave on their own, it is recommended to use the taxi or Uber service contacted through the reception at your hotel. 
    • In El Salvador taxis do not have taximeters and therefore the fare of the trip must be negotiated by the visitor before using the service.
    • The UBER franchise provides service in El Salvador and can be used by downloading the application on your mobile phone.
    • Below are recommended tourist transport companies:  


    For any questions regarding your designated transportation, you can contact Lya Salazar, tel. +(503) 7855-6958 or mail [email protected] 


    If a team wants to extend the use of their vehicle paying for the service, they need to contact Fernando Ortiz at the email: [email protected] 

  • Accommodation

    The list of accommodations near the event can be found at the following link:


    For rented houses, it will be necessary that the participants send the address and information in order to send the inspection of the Ministry of Health to ensure the implementation of biosecurity protocols if needed. 


    The contact to coordinate this verification is Mercedes Silva ([email protected] or mobile phone +(503) 7862-1912)

  • Entry Requirements


    • It is important that your passport at the time of entry is valid and that its validity reaches the duration of your stay.  
    • Take into account that in certain countries, the connection flight may require 6 months of validity on your passport. 
    • Citizens of some countries do not require a visa to enter El Salvador for a visit that does not exceed 90 days :  

    Some visa-exempt nationalities may require a TOURIST CARD, which is acquired at the border points of entry to the country and that has a cost of USD 12. 


    To verify that your country is exempt from a visa, click on the following link: 

    If your country is not listed then you need to apply for a Consular Visa at one of the Diplomatic Representations of El Salvador abroad or for a Consulted Visa obtained through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador. 


    Additionally, all migrants must take into consideration the following:  

    1. a) The maximum length of stay that can be granted to a tourist is 90 days. If an extension is required, an individual may request one in a year to the Migration Department.


    1. b) The citizens of some countries of South America and Africa, as well as Panama, are required to be vaccinated against yellow fever 15 days prior to their trip to El Salvador and must carry the vaccination certificate or card since it could be required by the health authorities of El Salvador at the point of entry into the territory.


    For any consultation regarding immigration requirements prior to entry, please contact Lorena Guardado at [email protected] and Tyler Best at [email protected]

  • Qualifications


    Paris 2024 Olympic Games

    The 2023 World Surfing Games will serve as the second event in the Olympic Qualification process, with four (4) slots up for grabs for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games (to be held in Tahiti). In El Salvador, the four top ranked surfers by continent, excluding the Americas, for each gender will qualify 1 place each by name.

    The detailed Olympic Qualification system, announced by the ISA and the International Olympic Committee earlier this year, can be found here.


    Pan Am Games 

    The Pan American (Pan Am) Games is a continental multi-sport event for countries from the Americas. The 2023 Pan Am Games will take place in Santiago, Chile from October 20 to November 5, 2023, of which Surfing (Shortboard, Longboard, SUP Surf, and SUP Race) will take part.

    The complete Qualification System for the 2023 Pan Am Games can be found HERE that further details the Qualifying Events, quota maximum per discipline/country, hierarchy of events, etc.

    To consult the ISA Rulebook that applies to all Qualification Events and the 2023 Pan Am Games, please click here.

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