With France triumphing at the recent ISA World Junior Games, held in the Azores, a remarkable year for European Surfing is reaching an exciting climax. Following on from Portugal’s 2nd place at the ISA World Surfing Games in Costa Rica in August, the French junior squad went one further and secured a historic victory.
With the amount of European teams competing at this years World Junior Games hosted by Portugal on the islands of the Azores, the announcement that next years World Surfing Games will be held in May in Biarritz should be regarded as a massive positive in getting as many European nations as possible competing at a world level.
The preparation and performances from these teams was exemplary and should be used as a yardstick for all other European teams to aim at. It is also significant with the news that Surfing will be a part of the Olympics at Tokyo in 2020 announced this year. With this in mind there is no reason to believe that the future of the sport on the continent is as bright as it is ever has been and we can all look forward to further achievements over the next few years.
President of The ESF