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Panama To Host Billabong ISA World Surfing Games 2011

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Small islets off the coast of Isla Canales. Photo: Laszlo Ilyes.

One of the most important tournaments for international surfers, the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games, will take place in Panama from June 25 to July 3, 2011. While other destinations were considered to host this tournament, ISA and Billabong were impressed by Panama because of its perfect waves throughout the year, both on the Pacific and Atlantic coast.

Panama has the experience of hosting many surfing tournaments; however, this is the first time that the country will host a major championship for this unique sport. Its strategic location, warm climate and position as a major air hub for Latin America, make Panama the ideal location for the prestigious competition, which is expected to attract more than 200 participants from 35 countries. “Panama is a suitable destination to enjoy a variety of water sports, but it is has especially ideal conditions for surfing. The celebration of the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games give us the opportunity to show the world the beautiful beaches and infrastructure that we have for all fans of this exciting activity,” said Mr. Solomon Shamah, Panama’s Minister of Tourism.

Panama’s beaches already enjoy worldwide recognition due to the white sands and clear waters that are home to many coral reefs. Moreover, some of Panama’s 365 San Blas islands in the Caribbean are completely deserted, making them ideal for experiencing full contact with nature while swimming or diving.

In addition to a wide range of hotels in Panama City and other regions, Panama offers a rich and lush natural biodiversity that positions it as an attractive tourist option for leisure travelers, ecotourism and adventure tourism. Among the various initiatives that Panama offers its visitors, is free medical insurance in case of emergency. This new service demonstrates to visitors the country’s interest in assuring a smooth and pleasant visit, and reinforces the position of Panama as one of the best tourist destinations in Latin America.

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