The International Surfing Association’s World Surfing Games next Aug. 6 to 14 in Jacó has been declared a matter of national interest by President Luis Guillermo Solís.
That was confirmed Wednesday by the California-based surfing association.
The decree noted that the surfing event will boost tourism through hospitality and transportation services and also provide young people with the opportunity to channel their energies
through surfing either by participating competitively or recreationally.
The designation by the president opens up some resources from the public sector. The Municipalidad de Garabito where Jacó is located already is involved deeply in planning.
The World Surfing Games could be the first major world championship to take place with surfing as an Olympic sport, the association added. The International Olympic Committee will consider adding surfing as an Olympic sport when it meets earlier in August.