2012 ISA World Masters Surfing Championship Colorado Beach, Hacienda iguana, Nicaragua
July 14-22, 2012
For the first time, Nicaragua will host the 2012 ISA World Masters Surfing Championships this summer. It is the biggest surfing event in the world for over-35-year-old surfers, with nearly 150 competitors from more than 20 countries. Many of these competitors are former professional surfers; some are former world champions. The exciting week-long competition will be held at Colorado Beach (Playa Colorado) in Hacienda Iguana on Nicaragua’s southwest Pacific coast, two hours southwest of Managua, the nation’s capital.
The 2012 ISA World Masters Surfing Championships will begin with an Opening Ceremony and Parade of Nations on Saturday, July 14, 2012. The Parade of the Nations is a colorful and energy-filled event, complete with teams chanting, waving flags and the cheering of the locals who come out to watch the spectacle. In the Sands of the World Ceremony, alongside a team flag bearer, each team sends one athlete to pour the sand from a favorite beach from their country into a custom glass container. The layering of the sands represents the peaceful union of the nations through the love of the sport of surfing.
The competition will run through the week – complete with nightly beach parties! – until the Finals and Closing Ceremony on Sunday, July 22, 2012. Athletes will surf the waves from powerhouse teams including Australia, Brazil, France, Puerto Rico, South Africa and USA (the defending team champions). They will be seeking a place on the podium in the overall team standings and in five divisions, as follows:
• Men's Masters [over 35 years],
• Men's Grand Masters [over 40],
• Men's Kahunas [Over 45],
• Men's Grand Kahunas [over 50],
• Women's Masters [over 35].