The International Surfing Association’s (ISA) premier event, presented by Visit Huntington Beach, returns to Surf City USA® for the first time since 2006. Come check out the world’s best surfers from September 16 – 24 south of the Pier. The festivities start on Friday, Sept. 16 at 3:00 p.m. with a parade of 51 countries participating in the Games, and a kickoff event at Pier Plaza with Mayor Barbara Delgleize at 4:00 p.m.
As a significant innovation to the Olympic Surfing Qualification System, the winning men’s and women’s National Teams at these World Surfing Games will be allocated one Olympic slot each for their respective country/National Olympic Committee (NOC).
Huntington Beach has played a historic role for the sport of surfing, having hosted top-tier global events. The 2022 ISA World Surfing Games will be the seventh major ISA event held in Surf City USA after the city hosted three editions of the Games in 1984, 1996, and 2006, as well as the ISA World Juniors in 2005, 2018, and 2019.
Visit HB President and CEO Kelly Miller said, “Visit Huntington Beach, the official destination marketing organization for the City, is ecstatic to host the international athletes, their families, team officials, and fans from all over the world and build on the success of past ISA events here this fall. The Huntington Beach Pier has been a historic and iconic backdrop for many sporting events and will now welcome back the ISA World Surfing Games for the fourth time. We look forward to extending our Surf City USA hospitality and welcoming everyone to this quintessential Southern California beach destination filled with rich surf culture, family atmosphere, laidback luxury accommodations, shopping and dining.”
The week concludes on Saturday, September 24 at Pier Plaza with the Closing & Medal Ceremony around approximately 1:30 p.m. We look forward to a great week of surf competition!