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Anticipation is growing for the 2015 ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship, an international field of more than 65 athletes from 17 countries have flocked to California to compete on the sport’s highest stage. The entire competition from La Jolla, California can be streamed from this page.

Competition starts: Friday 25th at 4pm UK Time and will run until the small hours each day.

Friday, Sept. 25 – 8am-5pm: (4pm – 1am UK Time) Live webcast of Day One of competition to begin at La Jolla Shores
Saturday, Sept. 26 – 10am-3pm: (6pm – 11pm UK Time) Adaptive Surfing Symposium featuring keynote speakers about the future development of Adaptive Surfing at the CAF headquarters
Sunday, Sept. 27 – 8am-5pm: (4pm – 1am UK Time) Live webcast of Competition Finals at La Jolla Shores to culminate with the event’s Medal and Closing Ceremony.

Ismael Guilliorit will be the first athlete to represent Norway in an ISA World Championship with Norway’s recent inclusion as the 97th Member Federation of the ISA. Photo: Olivier Pon

Ismael Guilliorit will be the first athlete to represent Norway in an ISA World Championship with Norway’s recent inclusion as the 97th Member Federation of the ISA. Photo: Olivier Pon

Before the kick off here are the four things you need to know about the event!

  1. The Venue
    The World Championship will take place at La Jolla Shores, one of the most popular beach breaks in San Diego. The best swell directions for La Jolla Shores are West and Northwest wind and ground swells, and the beach can also work well during some of the larger summer South swells.
  2. The Divisions
    The adaptive surfers will be classified in one of four competitive divisions:
    Stand: Surfers who ride waves in a standing or kneeling position.
    Upright: Surfers who ride waves in a seated position.
    Prone: Surfers who ride waves laying down.
    Assist: Surfers who need assistance catching waves and getting back on their board, yet surf the wave independently.
  3. The Prize
    The world’s best adaptive surfers will compete for individual medals with the pride of representing their nation. Gold, Silver, Bronze and Copper Medals will be awarded to the top four placing athletes respectively in each division.
  4. The Goal
    The ISA’s goal in hosting the first-ever ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship is to unify global efforts for the advancement of Adaptive Surfing by creating an event that serves as the preeminent platform for physically challenged surfers to display their talents in competition.

 

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