The SA Surfing Team to compete in the 2011 Billabong ISA World Surfing Games has arrived in their lodgings at Playa Venao on the Pacific Ocean coast of Panama, five hours drive west of the capital Panama City.
The team comprising four male and two female shortboard riders plus two longboard riders and three officials were pleased to check into their air conditioned accommodation just a 10 minute walk from the contest site.
According to Team Manager Isaac February everyone is loving the tropical weather and warm water while Coach Etienne Venter from Jeffreys Bay reports that everyone is surfing really well after a session in good 4-6 foot waves in front of their accommodation.
Team captain Llewellyn Whittaker posted a Facebook message saying that the team was working together well and that there was a great vibe among the group who will spend the next couple of days free surfing and training until the event gets under way with the Parade of Nations and Sands of the World Ceremony on Saturday.
The contest gets under way on Sunday when Team SA will be up against 200 surfers from 28 countries who will be vying for team and individual gold, silver, bronze and copper medals. Team SA claimed the bronze medal for finishing third overall in the last edition of the event held in Peru last October, matching the country’s best result in foreign waters.