The world’s largest gathering of over-35 surfers is going on right now. From April 6-14, the world’s best Masters Surfers (over-35 years old) are gathering in Ecuador to compete in the ISA World Masters Surfing Championship (WMSC) in the high-performance right point break of Montañita. Over 20 countries and 150 men and women surfers are in Ecuador’s surf capital and warm beaches of the South American country.
The International Surfing Association hosts contests through the year in various categories of surf – including juniors, SUP, and longboarding divisions. The ISA, established in 1964, is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the world governing authority for surfing, but the sport has yet to make its breakthrough at the official Olympic Games.
The ISA World Masters Surfing Championship is a team competition with individual age divisions. The divisions include Men’s Masters (over 35), Grand Masters (over 40), Kahunas (over 45) and Grand Kahunas (over 50), and Women’s Masters (over 35).
Some key athletes to watch include 2012 ISA World Masters Surfing Championship Gold Medalist Magnum Martinez (VEN), who is back to defend his title, and Hawaii’s Mike Latronic, who scored day 3’s highest total heat score.