World Surfing Games Heading to Costa Rica
The 2009 International Surfing Association (ISA) World Surfing Games will take place in Costa Rica's Playa Hermosa, just south of Jacó, said the president of the Surf Federation of Costa Rica, José Ureña.
Some 35 countires are expected to take part in the competition that will take place between July 31 and August 9 next year.
The competition will be broadcast live over the internet to an estimated 80 million people around the world.
Costa Rica has been present at ISA events every year since 2003.
Costa Rica's world class surf and popularity contributed to be chosen host for the 2009 games.
Ureña said that the competition will "blow out" Costa Rica's reputation as a surf country.