The 2016 INS ISA World Surfing Games got off to an explosive start on August 7 at Playa Jaco, Costa Rica, with the participation of 142 competitors from 26 national teams.
(Soundbite) FRANCISCO BELLORIN, Venezuelan Surfer
“There is really very good vibe throughout the beach, as we are in the land of pure life, Costa Rica. I am very happy to represent my (national) flag, yellow, blue and red, in this beautiful country.”
The group of 96 men completed a marathon day of 24 series, drilling in and out of the waves 2 to 4 feet high, and witnessed by thousands of spectators.
(Soundbite) CARLOS MUNOZ, Costa Rican Surfer
“Today is the first day of the competition, with so many people on the beach. I think the event starts in the best way for Costa Rica. All the surfers advance in their respective heat.”
The five-decade-long tournament is authorized by the International Surfing Association and will be held until August 14.