Jacó lands World Surfing Game for August

The World Surfing Games will be in Jacó from Aug. 6 to 14. The International Surfing Association announced its decision Tuesday.

Team Costa Rica, the champion of the 2015 World Surfing Games in Nicaragua, will have the opportunity to defend the title on local waves, and attempt to win consecutive titles for the first time since Team Australia did it in 2008, said the association.

Nearby Playa Hermosa hosted the games in 2009.

The event is expected to be a major tourism draw, not just for Jacó but hotels, car rental agencies and restaurants all along the central Pacific coast and in the Central Valley.

Jacó is one of three locations being considered, the Municipalidad de Garabito said in mid-February.

The municipality worked with the Federación

This was the crowd in Playa Hermosa in August 2009.

This was the crowd in Playa Hermosa in August 2009.

Nacional de Surf de Costa Rica, the Instituto   Costarricense del Deporte y la Recreación and the Comité Olímpico de Costa Rica for six months to bring the games.

The International Surfing Association, founded in 1964, noted that it is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the world governing authority for surfing and similar activities.

The surfing association said that the games feature national surfing teams consisting of up to four men and two women. With 132 surfers representing 27 countries at the 2015 event, 2016 is expected to be even larger as athletes will flock to compete in Costa Rica, it added.

The International Olympic Committee is expected to decide in August if surfing will be included as a sport in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Surfing will be included on the sports program of the 2017 Central American Games in Managua, Nicaragua, the association noted.

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