The International Surfing Association (ISA) chose Surf City El Salvador to host the qualifying finals for the Tokyo Olympic Games. The event will take place in La Bocana at the El Tunco and El Sunzal beaches.
The competition dates extend from May 29 to June 6, 2021. It is organized by the ISA in collaboration with the World Surf League (WSL) and the Ministry of Tourism of El Salvador (Mitur) through the Salvadoran Tourism Corporation (CORSATUR).
Athletes from more than 30 countries will compete to win one of the 12 tickets (seven for women and five for men) to attend Japan’s highest international sporting event. Twenty-eight of the 40 spots for the surfing competition are taken already.
ISA President, Fernando Aguirre, announced that everything is ready to welcome the best surfers in the world searching for the gold medal, both individually and as a team.
“We have dealt with the pandemic, and we are preparing to reactivate sports worldwide. We are working together to provide safety in the tournament in El Salvador, that is the highest priority, so we will continuously monitor the latest news in this regard,” stated Aguirre.
Aguirre described this tournament as “a truly historic moment for surfing, an important milestone towards surfing’s upcoming Olympic debut.” This is the first time that the Olympic Games will include this sport.
On his part, Nayib Bukele, president of the Republic of El Salvador, said that “This is a historic event for our country since, until now, we have never had a surfing competition of this magnitude in the country.”
The Biosafety Plan is ready!
The ISA has already endorsed the event’s Biosecurity Plan to ensure the health of participants and staff in general. The country’s Tourism and Health authorities have made arrangements to meet the demands of the new normal for attending international events.
The measures include conducting COVID-19 tests and reducing the number of staff and athletes in the entry and exit procedures. El Salvador already bears the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safe Travels Stamp.
“The Ministry of Health of El Salvador will ensure preventive health and medical care during the event with dedicated staff 24/7 for the event. A multidisciplinary medical team will be responsible for the implementation of biosecurity protocols,” said the Vice Minister of Health, Carlos Alvarenga.
About Surf City El Salvador
“This historic event is part of Surf City El Salvador’s strategy, as it showcases the country and positions it as an emerging tourist destination and surfing epicenter. It also reinforces our country’s successful response to the COVID-19 pandemic and promotes El Salvador as a safe destination,” stated Minister of Tourism Morena Valdez.
El Sunzal is one of El Salvador’s favorite surfing beaches, with a very consistent wave that is also good for longboarding. Meanwhile, its neighboring beach, El Tunco, boasts high, wild waves, ideal for experienced surfers.