The ISA World Surfing Games 2017, the officials World Surfing Championships from 1964, will be held in France at Biarritz-Pays Basque, from may 20th to 28th. Up to 200 athletes from more than 40 nations will compete for this 30th edition.
Welcoming this major international sporting event comes at a strategic time for surfing and French sport.
This event, which celebrates the 60th anniversary of surfing birth in France in 1957, is the first surfing international competition since the formalization of surfing as an Olympic discipline, August 3rd, 2016, and will be a preview of what surfing will offer at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
The ISA World Surfing Games take place in France for the third time in history after 1980 (Biarritz) and 1992 (Lacanau), while the whole French sports community, including French Federation of Surfing, fully supports the Paris bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games.
« I’m really excited to see the return of our flagship competition in Europe. France is a major surfing destination and Biarritz, in particular, is a magnificent coastal town which has been transformed by surfing in recent decades.
We are all excited to partner up with the French Federation of Surfing for this very important event, to develop and promote surfing in Europe. The best surfers in the world will participate with their national teams. The worldclass waves of Basque Country Biarritz will be an ideal place to present our sport en route to Tokyo-2020. »
« The dynamic that this sporting adventure has been promoted for several months, consolidating our discipline’s place in the development of the regional economy, strengthening cooperation between the various participants in surfing, and optimizing the connection between surfing and culture.
French surfing is honored by the confidence of the ISA, and thanks them for supporting our institutional and private partners, who are working with the Federation to optimize our skills within the organization, to highlight our hospitality, and to ensure a legacy that will support the development of our coastline. »
- ISA World Surfing Games 2017 on International Surfing Association’s website