ISA International Surf Games in Jaco, Costa Rica
Next week will see a massive influx of people in Jaco, Costa Rica as the crowd flows in for 2016 ISA International Surf Games. Between August 6th and August 12th Jaco will be alive with people, street fairs and concerts as tourists and Costa Ricans alike come out to celebrate one of Costa Rica’s most beloved sports. Second only to Football in Costa Rica, Surfing has always been a mainstay part of life and culture here, and even more so in Jaco beach. About an hour away from San Jose, Jaco is the go to beach for anyone looking to take a quick trip out of the city to soak up the beach life for the weekend.
You can see preparations being made across town with venues being remodeled and lots being cleared for parking. 5 stages are being erected around town by the Municipality, with one being set up in front of the Durone mural in the DayStar Parking lot. Pat Hundley of DayStar Properties reported there being over 80,000 in attendance when the games were held in Hermosa beach in 2009 and as many as 100,000 people are expected to attend throughout the week this year. Jaco certainly has more infrastructure than Hermosa for an international event like this, but there is still the uncertainty as to just how full Jaco will get.
Defending the Championship Title
Costa Rica will be hitting the waves hard this year as they try to win the title for the second year in a row, and this time on their home turf (the 2015 ISA games were held in Nicaragua). If they manage to pull it off it would be the first time a country has won consecutive titles since Team Australia in 2008. Patrick Hundley and the entire DayStar team will be cheering them on!
There will be some great competition out there with over 30 countries competing in the event this year, but we’re confident Costa Rica has what it takes to bring home another title. In any event it is an honor for Costa Rica to have the chance to compete on an international level with so many great athletes and an honor for Jaco to have a chance to host the 2016 ISA Surf Games.
Things to pack
With the thousands of people coming into Jaco, some things are going to be forgotten at home, it’s just a statistical fact. Hopefully this list will help you remember to bring some of the really important things that you don’t want to leave behind.
Sunscreen •Sunglasses •Hat •Sandals •phone/computer/camera chargers
Medications •Emergency contacts •Smiling face
*Dress for the tropics but be ready for some tropical showers 🙂
Rotary Club Parking lot near the event
The local Rotary Club is hosting a parking lot on the beach near the event. Parking will be available from 6am-6pm, but you will want to get there early. Help support community projects and build a better Jaco just by parking near the event!
Surf in the 2020 Olympics?
ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said:
“I am ecstatic to confirm that the ISA will return to Costa Rica for the 2016 ISA World Surfing Games and provide the world’s top surfers with the dreamy, impressive waves that their shoreline has to offer. Surfing is an integral and vibrant part of Costa Rican culture and the performance of their athletes at an international level attests to this.
“With Team Costa Rica defending their title in their home waves and the pending Olympic announcement, this event has all the elements to be a monumental milestone for Surfing.”
President of the Costa Rican Surfing Federation, Randall Cháves, said:
“The fact that the current Team World Champion will have the incredible opportunity to defend their title at home is amazing for the athletes as well as the fans of the sport in this country. We envision a record breaking World Championship like in 2009, but above all we envision an extraordinary opportunity for tourism by showcasing the waves, athletes and people of Costa Rica.”
The Costa Rican Minister of Sport, Carolina Mauri, said:
“It will be an honor and privilege to receive this ISA World Championship in Jacó so we can open the doors of our country to the rest of the world and unite through Surfing, sport, and culture. “I encourage Costa Rica’s National Surfing Team to give their best effort in this competition where they will defend their World Champion title to make the people of Costa Rica feel proud.”