Portugal receives the “Olympic Games” of World Surfing in October.

The world's best surfers, longboarders and bodyboarders will be making their bid to win the 22nd edition of the ISA World Surfing Games this Autumn. From 11-19th October, the ISA World Surfing Games will be taking over the beaches of Costa de Caparica, Portugal, for some spectacular surf action.

Once again, almost 350 surfers from more than 40 countries will meet to define the nation of World Surfing Champs, as well as the individual champions in the following categories: Open Men, Women, Bodyboard, Women’s Bodyboard and Longboard.

A total of ten members per team will step into the water to represent their country, comprising four Open Men, two Open Women, two Bodyboard Men, one Bodyboard Woman and one Longboarder. Each team member will add points to the country team total, with the nation gaining the highest points total being awarded the World Surfing Champions title.

Fernando Aguerre, ISA President, said: “I’m really happy with this year’s ISA calendar. It’s actually historical, for the first time we have three important events on the same year: Junior, Open and Masters. And the popularity of these three is something you can see by the growing amount of teams and athletes attending each contest.”

In the previous World Surfing Games, which took place in Huntington Beach California in October 2006, Australia won the title once again, so the other nations no doubt will be coming out determined to knock them from the top podium spot at this October's event.