World Surf Competition will be held at Popoyo beach • El Nuevo Diario

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The power of the waves is attractive for surfers.

The power of the waves is attractive for surfers.

  •  Rivas
  •  March 6, 2015

Nicaragua’s Pacific beaches are back in the eyes of the world between May 31 and June 7, with the realization of a world of surf organized by the International Surfing Association (ISA, for its acronym in English).

The sporting event ISA announces on its website, which highlights that the location of the event will be the paradisiacal beach Sardina, the municipality of Tola, which is also known as Popoyo.

This will be the third surf event organized by the ISA on the beaches of Tola, and the fourth to be staged in Nicaraguan waters.

Lucy Valenti, honorary president of the Nicaraguan Federation of Surf, explained that these international events have made surfing one the core activities for tourists entering the country. He said that this has allowed the earning of better income for people in the coastal areas.

“According to the Central Bank of Nicaragua, surfing has become one of the main activities of tourists and on average these athletes spend about $100 per day, which is twice the average spent by tourists coming to perform other activities,” he said.

At the same time, he said that these world-class events have placed Nicaragua as one of the top surfing destinations, “due to media impact.These championships that have been made have reached more than 150 countries and 250 million people who now know about Nicaragua thanks to the transmissions that are made,” he said.

Similarly, it was reported that a delegation from ISA, commanded by Vice President Karin Sierralta, and conducted an inspection at Sardina beach to see the conditions of waves and logistical issues.

“Here the waves are constant and that they liked, because it is a pristine beach, which is ranked as one of the best in the world for surfing. Therefore, we are already preparing for the wave of surfers coming,” said Gerald Membreño, general manager of the Finca Popoyo tourism project.

Infrastructure

According to Membreño, on a hilltop farm Popoyo him into the sea-which is opposite the broadcast booths and judges will be installed and bleachers for public office ISA and other area will be allocated for parking vehicular.

“We as hosts are already working to provide good logistics and now we have hired 16 workers, because these global events promoting tourism dedicated to surfing and generate interest in acquiring coastal properties,” he said.

The three global surf contests that have been made in the country have allowed the entry of more than a thousand people between competitors and family, said Valenti, and the greatest impact has been the town of Tola.

The first event was staged on Nicaragua’s Pacific coast was the World Masters Surfing Beach held in Colorado, Tola, in July 2012. The following year he moved to stage Jiquiliste Beach, Tola, and World occurred Surf with Remo at Spa La Boquita, Carazo, and the Lake Nicaragua.

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This is an additional data point for those looking at Nicaragua as a real world-class travel destination. At least for surfers, Nicaragua is a proven, consistent destination for excellent waves and fantastic conditions to hold the surf contests. These contests bring in teams from all over the world, and expose Nicaragua to the eyes and ears of millions of people.

First the hard-core surfers come down and fall in love with the place, then they bring their wives, girlfriends and family. Pretty soon they have a regular thing going with Nicaragua, they may buy properties, or even move down here to start their own businesses. Nicaragua is well into that cycle.

I attended the first event at Playa Colorado and the second event at Jiquiliste (Santana) and both were very well-run, had good local turnout, and had really good surf for the contest. If anyone wants to get this experience of seeing the surfing scene at these contests, I highly recommend attending this year’s ISA World Championship!

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