The ISA World Surfing Games, one of the most important competitions in the surfing calendar, is less than a week away. The host Portuguese beaches are already preparing for the event that will take place from October 11-19 in the beautiful waves of Costa de Caparica.

Approximately 300 surfers from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Tahiti, Trinidad and Tobago, United States, Uruguay and the host nation, Portugal, will dispute medals in the following categories:

- Open Men: four members per team - Open Women: two members per team - Bodyboard Men: two members per team - Bodyboard Women: one member per team - Longboard: one member per team

An Olympic style spirit will be celebrated during the week-long competition. Participants will be giving all they can for the honor of defending the colors of their countries, and to obtain the top podium spot.

ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said: "We are very happy and honored to bring the ISA World Surfing Games to Portugal for the second time in history. The first time was in 1998. The Portuguese Federation and the event producer, Natural Factor, shaped a superb ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in 2007. We are very confident in their ability to deliver a top level event. I'm sure that all delegations will be enjoying the Portuguese hospitality and friendship."

After parading their banners throughout the streets of Costa de Caparica, surfing athletes will participate in the Sands of the World Ceremony, where sands from all the beaches of the universe are mixed, symbolizing that through surfing, all countries can live in a peaceful and friendly environment.