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|Team USA, red, white and ripping.|
"These are like the Olympics of surfing," said ISA President Fernando Aguere at the opening ceremony of the 2010 ISA World Surfing Games yesterday. "And you are the United Nations of our dear sport. Although in eight days, only a few of you will take home medals, today and forever you are all winners, and by carrying the honor of representing your country."
Taking place at Punta Hermosa, Peru, through October 27, more than 30 countries and 300 surfers have gathered in pursuit of global surfing domination. Interesting historical note, this function at the junction will mark the second time that Peru's hosted said event, the first being the 1965 ISF World Championship, which was held at Punta Rocas, less than five clicks south of Punta Hermosa. To celebrate the 45th anniversary of the original event, the ISA opted to go back to Peru this time around.
Last year Team USA waved the red, white and blue all the way to a team gold medal -- only the second gold for America since 1996, when the ISF became the ISA and Aguere took over as president. Led by the gold-medal winning surfing of Courtney Conlogue last year, this time around Team USA, headed by Coach Ian Cairnes, is considerably younger and a bit less experienced, but nonetheless, they'd love nothing more than to repeat '09's podium-topping performance. We have more on the U.S. roster on the blog, but if you don't want to go that deep you can tune into the live webcast and get properly caught up. More to come from Peru as it develops.