Pichilemu, Chile – October 24, 2023
The surfing disciplines of Longboard, Shortboard and SUP Surfing began competition today at the iconic point break of Punta de Lobos in Pichilemu, Chile for the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games. SUP Racing will also soon join the action as 88 athletes representing 16 nations participate across each of the four surfing disciplines. They join a total of nearly 7000 athletes from 41 nations competing in Santiago 2023.
It is the second time that surfing has been welcomed into the world’s largest multi-sport event under the Olympic Movement outside the Olympic Games. As with the first inclusion in Lima 2019, this year’s event will qualify two surfers for the Olympic Games. Specifically, the highest ranked eligible athletes in the shortboard division, one woman and one man, will earn a slot to compete at Teahupo’o, Tahiti as part of Paris 2024.
As with the Olympic Games, the surfing events of the Pan American Games are executed by the ISA and its technical team, who oversee every aspect of the competition.
The majority of the athletes competing in the surfing disciplines earned their slots through ISA events, with the remaining slots earned via the Pan American Surfing Association (PASA), which was founded by ISA President Fernando Aguerre in 1992.