For the first time in the country’s history, Czechia is sending its own team to the ISA World Surfing Games – the sport’s world championships. Six contestants are traveling to the upcoming event, which is set to take place in in El Salvador, Central America. For many it is the culmination of a long road towards getting surfing established in the landlocked country.
Prague’s Štvanice Island turned into a mini-California beach earlier this week, as a group of cheerful, fit and remarkably tanned individuals took questions from the media surrounded by surfboards.
A special news conference was held to announce that, for the first time ever, Czechia will be sending its own team to the planet’s premier surfing event – the World Surfing Games.
Organised by the International Surfing Association (ISA), the annual competition brings together the best surfers from around the globe and, for those who are successful, offers the chance to qualify for the Olympic Games, where the sport made its debut just two years ago.
Seven Czechs are travelling to the sandy beaches of Surf City in El Salvador, three women and four men, with one of the latter acting as a reserve in case his teammates get injured.
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Author: Thomas McEnchroe