365 athletes representing 46 national teams join parade on the streets of Rio de Janeiro
ISA President Fernando Aguerre calls for peace and love in the world
The streets of Rio de Janeiro filled with the best junior surfers from across the globe as they joined together to celebrate the opening of the 2023 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship (WJSC), marking the 19th edition of the event and the second time it is being held in Brazil.
The largest-ever Parade of Nations featured 365 of the world’s best junior surfers, along with over 200 team officials, representing a record-breaking 46 national teams, walking along the beachfront of Praia da Macumba with flags flying high and cheers ringing out.
Competitors from Czech Republic, Hungary and Ukraine are participating in their first-ever WJSC, while Romania is participating in its first-ever ISA event. Additionally, women make up over 44% of the field represented.
One member from each national team poured sand from their local beach into a single container for the ISA’s iconic Sands of the World ceremony, which represents the peaceful gathering of the nations of the world through surfing.
Dignitaries present included ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, Brazilian Surfing Confederation President, Flavio ‘Teco’ Padaratz, and Brazilian National Olympic Committee President, Paulo Wanderly.