Surf’s up at the World Surfing Games in Arecibo
Many people say Puerto Rico is a world class surfing destination. Now the International Surfing Federation is once again making it official. Arecibo, on the north coast will host the 2024 World Surfing Games from February 23rd to March 3rd. More than 300 competitors and officials are expected to be on hand from the Games.
Last shot at the Olympics
This is a qualifying event for the 2024 Olympics so the competition for the last 14 spots is going to be fierce. Some of the best surfers in the world will be on hand to prove that they deserve a slot. 5 men and 7 women along with two national teams will qualify at this, the last possible opportunity.
What’s going to happen
As with most events in Puerto Rico a party is sure to follow. The World Surfing Games are no exception. The main venue is a surf spot called Margara in the town of Arecibo. A coastal walkway right on the water will provide great vantage points to see the action up close. It’s also a great place to put a stage. Reggae and indie rock are on tap for both competition weekends. The actual World Surfing Games competition begins the 24th and runs until the 2nd. Start time is 7am every day. It’s a plastic-free event so make sure you bring your reusable cup. A chair is also recommended if you plan on making it an all day event.
Parking will be at the Petaca Iguina and the Pancho Padilla stadiums right off the highway and a trolley will take you to the venue. Check for signs just in case or ask around just in case.
Puerto Rico is considered a world class surfing destination for a variety of reasons. First, there’s variety. Miles of northern coastline are open to powerful Atlantic swells. Then there’s the west coast that captures long line swells as they wrap around the Aguadilla point. When you add offshore wind conditions on the West coast created by the trade winds, you begin to understand why surfers all over the world have the Island on their must surf list.
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