Rundown Of The 2017 ISA World Surfing Games

The 2017 ISA World Surfing Games will see the world’s top National Surfing teams gather in Biarritz, France to compete against each to take the gold medal for their country. Below is a rundown of what can be expected from the event.

Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

Photo: ISA / Sean Evans


It was announced in September 2016 the Biarritz would be hosting the 2017 ISA World Surfing Games and therefore would be bringing the competition to Europe for the first time since 2008. Interestingly, the last time the contest was held in Biarritz was in 1980, where legendary surfer, Tom Curren, from USA, launched his successful career by taking the Gold Medal in the Junior Division.


Teams from across the globe will be at the event to represent their countries and compete for gold. Due to the inclusion of surfing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, emphasising the notion of competition as a national team, it is believed that a record number of countries (45 are expected) will be in attendance at Biarritz.

How can you watch it? 

The competition will be streamed live on from May 20-28 and live results, photos, videos and behind-the-scenes news surround the contest will be available on the website. Download the app by searching ‘WorldSurfGames’ on iOS or Android.

Alternatively, the Olympic Channel will be producing daily content and streaming the competition live May 22, 27, and 28. Follow along on

What is the Schedule? 

The schedule for the 2017 ISA World Surfing Games will be the following:

  • May 19 – Official Press Conference, 11am at the Radisson Blu Hotel
  • May 20 – Opening Ceremony, 10am Parvis du Casino de la Grande Plage
  • May 20-22 – Women’s Competition, Grande Plage
  • May 22 – Women’s Award Ceremony, Grande Plage
  • May 23-28 – Men’s Competition, Grande Plage
  • May 26– World Premiere of “Shredding Monsters”, an Olympic Channel Production, 8pm at the Municipal Casino Theatre, Biarritz
  • May 28 – Closing Ceremony, Grande Plage


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