– PASA congratulates the great effort made by the Lima 2019 Organizing Committee for the future of Surfing in the Americas
– First athletes visited the construction site of the Lima 2019 Surfing facilities
On June 26 and 27, authorities from the Pan American Surf Association (PASA) made an inspection visit to the High Performance Center being built in Punta Rocas, Lima, Peru, host location of the Surfing disciplines for the Lima 2019 Pan American Games.
During the two-day visit, PASA President Karin Sierralta and his delegates, were joined by local government authorities and the first athletes visiting and training in the waves of Punta Rocas.
During the first day of the visit, the construction of the judges tower, athlete area and spectator zones were inspected along with congresswoman Leyla Chihuan, former volleyball athlete who competed at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games representing Peru.
On the 27th, Ecuadorian athletes Isidro Villao (Men’s Longboard), Michelle Soriano (Women’s SUP Surf) and Susana Berrezueta (Women’s Shortboard) and coach Marco Goncalvez were joined by Peruvian athletes to tour the new facilities being built for Lima 2019 and the future location of the High Performance Center.
After the visit Berrezueta said: “The most impressive thing is how big this High Performance Center is, also the great amount of people working on its construction, especially that many women are part of the workforce. This makes me really proud.”
Soriano pointed out: “This place will see many champions rise that will come from every corner of the continent to enjoy these facilities and I think about all the good things that will come for the sport thanks to all the future achievements”.
President Sierralta said: “For me it is an indescribable pleasure make possible this place that many people from Peru and the Americas have dreamt of. I’m sure that this High Performance Center will inspire many of our fellow countries.”
“We are at the gates of a historic event at the best stage possible. We will witness the first qualified athletes for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.”
According to Lima 2019 authorities, the competition facilities will be finished by July 12. By December 2019 the rest of the High Performance Center (hotel, training pool and skate circuit) will be finished.
The Lima 2019 Pan American Games will begin on July 26. The Surfing competition will start on July 28.