The result is a breadth of national representation, perhaps even a few unexpected teams. “Twenty-seven nations came together from around the world to surf in this history-making ISA World Surfing Games, for a phenomenal week of surfing and team camaraderie, ” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre in a press release. “Since 1964, the ISA has been the global surfing stage for all the surfing nations.
Answer: The World Surfing Games have already proven to draw many top athletes, and perhaps the Olympic stage will be a larger draw for WSL-level surfers.
With so much pessimism surrounding Olympic inclusion of surfing, it’s worth re-stating that the ISA has been in the business of surfers competing on behalf of their nations for some time.
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