The annual ISA World Masters Surfing Championship in Montañita went off without a hitch this April, despite a little controversy about inhumane treatment of stray dogs, as part of the Montañita town center cleanup effort in the preceding weeks. Wave conditions turned out to be excellent throughout the event, especially during finals, with 6-8 ft glassy waves for most of the day.
The international event featured many of the world’s best surfers over the age of 35,who competed in different age groups.This year, teams from 20 countries participated, not just from Latin America, but also from Australia, Great Britain, Japan and the United States. Hawaii, as usual had their own team which defended their title of World Team Champions with the most points overall.
ISA published a lot of excellent videos, interviews and photos on their website, take a look
Next stop for the International Surf Association is Playa Santa Catalina, Panama from May 4-12
Marketing kudos to our friends at the Balsa House – renowned shapers of balsa wood surfboards – for giving a custom balsa wood board to each of the six gold medal winners, and having their beautiful surf boards prominently displayed in front of the stage during the ceremonies, and elsewhere throughout the event. Ecuador is one of the worlds biggest exporters of balsa wood and has a long history of using it for water craft. Learn more about the history of balsa in Ecuador.
If you’re not familiar with Montañita, it is the most popular surfing destination in Ecuador, and it receives tens of thousands of visitors every year. It is a thriving town, with action day and night. But, Montañita is far from the only good surf spot. It is only one of about 50 surf spots along Ecuador coastline, many of which are shore breaks on to safe sandy beaches. Warm water, unlimited surfing options, steady winds for kiteboarding and windsurfing, and incredible marine bio-diversity, make Ecuador one of the best locations in Latin America for beach and aquatic fun.
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