Within four weeks, world's best junior surfers will begin arriving in Panama, with hopes of creating a strong impression. The DaKine ISA World Junior Surfing Championship Presented by Billabong will run for over 8 days and nearly three hundred surfers from over thirty countries will try to prove their mettle.

Fernando Aguerre, the president of the ISA claims that this competition is the biggest and the most exciting event of the year for them. He proudly says that several surfers have launched their career from the contest.

The ISA has been organizing the World Junior Championship since 2003.The event has been central in launching the careers of the best athletes in surfing ever since the event began. Surfers like Stephanie Gilmore of Australia, Gabriel Medina of Brazil, Kolohe Andino of USA and Jordy Smith from Russia. They have all participated in this tournament and represented their respective countries in ISA Tournament.

The competition is divided into three divisions- Girls Under-18, Boys Under-16 and Boys Under-18,. Teams can have up to four surfers opposing against each other in each division. Competitors have a high quality venue in which to showcase their talent.

As the Opening Ceremony grows closer, few teams are still finalizing their rosters in hopes of bringing the best possible junior team and win laurels. The participatory nations are aiming at competing in both team and individual events. Team Australia is considered one of the favorites for the Team Gold medal, having been consistent by winning six titles in the last nine years of the event. Teams from South Africa, Hawaii, Peru and USA are not much way behind. These teams are hoping to displace Australia’s crown badly.

It will be thrilling to see and wait for the tournament to unfold.