PASA Announces PASA Games 2022 in Venao, Panama

– The Panamanian Institute of Sports, the Panamanian Surf Association and the Tourism Authority of Panama come together to make this event possible

-The 2022 Panama PASA Games will be from August 7 to 13 in Playa Venao

The Pan American Surf Association (PASA) is pleased to announce Playa Venao, in the Pacific of Panama, as the venue for the XV Pan American Surfing Games, to be held from August 7 to 13, 2022.

Venao Beach, Panama. Photo ATP

For the first time Panama and Playa Venao will host the PASA Games, but it is a country with extensive experience in organizing massive surfing events, having previously hosted World Championships of the International Surfing Association, and other international competitions of different surf organizations.

Playa Venao is a powerful beach break, which, depending on the tide, offers waves that break to the right and left with excellent walls to maneuver or perfect tubes of variable size.

This beach is located in the province of Los Santos, and the area offers a wide variety of hotel options, restaurants and many other amenities for all visitors, in harmony with the natural magic of the area.

The PASA Games Panama 2022 marks the return of PASA competitions since 2018, when the previous event was held in the waves of Punta Rocas in Lima, Peru, as a qualifier for the Lima 2019 Pan American Games.

This famous panamenian beach break has been host to many international surfing competitions along the years. Photo ISA

Karin Sierralta Alarcón, President of PASA, said:

“It will be a pleasure to reach the shores of Panama for this important event. The best of surfing from all over the Americas will gather at Playa Venao. This event is a pre-qualifier for the 2023 PASA Games, an event that will give qualification places to Santiago 2023”.

“I want to thank and congratulate the Panamanian Institute of Sports, the Panamanian Surf Association and the Tourism Authority of Panama and their authorities for taking this important step and recognizing the strength that surfing represents, not only at a sporting level, but also as a engine of economic and social development, after two complex years at the global level”, added President Sierralta.

This Wednesday, May 11, an act of confirmation of the event was held in Panama City, with the presence of Gabriel Fernández, director of the Panamanian Surf Association (APS) on behalf of its president Roger Castillero; Héctor Brands Córdoba, Director of the Panamanian Institute of Sports (Pandeportes) and the General Administrator of the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP), Iván Eskildsen Alfaro and renowned national surfers such as the World Runner-up Jean Carlos Gonzales, Tao Rodríguez and Samanta Alonso.

De izq a der. Héctor Brands Córdoba, Jean Carlo González, Samanta Alonso, Tao Rodrígez, Gabriel Fernández e Iván Eskildsen Alfaro.

From left to right: Héctor Brands Córdoba, Jean Carlo González, Samanta Alonso, Tao Rodrígez, Gabriel Fernández, and Iván Eskildsen Alfaro.

An agreement was signed at the event between Pandeportes, the APS and the ATP to hold the 2022 Pan American Surfing Games, sponsored by the ATP, as a tool to promote Sports Tourism.

The General Director of Pandeportes pointed out:

“I am pleased to be part of this project that demonstrates the will of the leaders and those responsible for promoting sport and development in our country, to unite for a common goal; To show a country that believes and invests in sport as a tool for social mobility, my thanks to the Tourism Authority and the Panamanian Surf Association for this initiative”.

The general manager of the ATP, Iván Eskildsen, pointed out that it is proven that surfing competitions help position countries as destinations by creating an environment that attracts visitors and investments. “We have a roadmap to carry out various events that will allow us to continue developing Panama’s position as a surfing destination.”

In addition, he said that through this type of sports activities provide the opportunity for the host country to show its tourism offer worldwide.

More details of the event will be published soon, as well as the qualification process for the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games.

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