World’s best surfers battle for trophy in Santa Catalina

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Gary Saavedra competes on the Panama team, day one of the World Surfing Games 2013.

Gary Saavedra competes on the Panama team, day one of the World Surfing Games 2013.

The surfing world has its eyes set on Panama. The annual International Surfing Association (ISA) World Surfing Games are under way in Santa Catalina, in the Veraguas province. The Games opened with a big celebration on Saturday, May 4 and are on until Sunday, May 12, the last day of competition, with awards presentation and a closing ceremony.

Some 150 athletes from 24 countries are competing for the Fernando Aguerre World Team Champion Trophy, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President’s Trophy as well as individual and team medals. Each country team consists of up to four open men and two open women surfers plus team officials.

Some 24 countries are represented at this year’s games.

Some 24 countries are represented at this year’s games.

Countries represented include Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Switzerland, Italy, Japan and Panama. Among the Panamanian surfers is Gary Saavedra who holds a Guinness Book of World Records title for riding a static wave along the Panama Canal for three hours and 55 minutes.

For live Internet transmission of the competition and the latest news visit www.isawsg.com.

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