Pan American Games

Surfing

Surfing

Surfing

Surfing is a sport that consists of standing on top of a board while sliding on a wave. The winner is the surfer who gets more points. A panel of judges scores the competitor's heat by analyzing the degree of difficulty, the level of innovation, the progression of the maneuvers, as well as the variety of the maneuvers performed on the waves. The two highest scores of each surfer in a time limit are added up to obtain his final score and thus determine the winner.

Some details

Peru is considered a force to be reckoned with in this sport thanks to the perseverance of our athletes and the presence of beaches that benefit surfing’s competitive development. The Peruvian team was proclaimed World Champion Team at the 2010 ISA World Surfing Games. Besides, Peru has great surfers such as Sofía Mulanovich, first Peruvian and South American surfer ever to claim the world title after winning the World Surf League World Championship Tour, positioning our country as one of the most important points of references in this sport. Moreover, the national team has the Lima 2019 Sports Ambassador Analí Gómez, who also crowned herself as Latin American champion in the open category and was world runner-up in the youth category in 2007, becoming the first Peruvian surfer to obtain such achievements. The Lima 2019 Pan Am Games are also proud to feature Piccolo Clemente, another Lima 2019 Sports Ambassador who has achieved great success and recognition.

History

It is known that surfing has existed on the islands of Polynesia for over 500 years.

Terminology

Goofy: Surfboard rider who surfs with his right foot as the lead foot.
Regular: Goofy: Surfboard rider who surfs with his left foot as the lead foot.
Onshore: Winds that blow from the ocean toward the shore, creating bumps and chop on the water.
Offshore: Winds that blow toward the ocean from the land, usually creating clean and groomed conditions.
Spot: The area where surfers are positioned and where most of the waves break.
Crest: The highest part or lip of the wave. The horizontal zone where the surfer slides to increase speed.
 

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