Panama competes in the ISA World Surfing games

Panama completed their participation in the 2019 ISA World Surfing Games presented by Vans in Miyazaki, Japan Friday, September 13th 2019.

Kelvin Gonzalez, competed Friday Sept 13th in the Main Event against some of the best surfers in the world. In round he went up against Gabriel Medina, Rio Waida and Miguel Blanco. He continued to the Repechage round 4 against world champ Jhony Corzo, pro surfer Michael February and the Canadian, Shane Campbell. 

Panama’s athletes Kalani Garcia, and Kelvin Gonzalez are among 240 athletes from 55 nations in Miyazaki, Japan, with hopes of qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

“As the first edition of the World Surfing Games to qualify athletes for the Olympics, this is an incredible, historic time for the sport,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre.

“24 years ago Olympic Surfing was a crazy dream. But everything starts with a crazy, impossible idea to make a dream become a reality. We’ve now brought surfing to the greatest sporting stage, the Olympic Games.”