The surf picked up for the final days of ISA World Masters Surfing Championship, but Sunny Garcia and Team Hawaii rose to the challenge to win the tournament Sunday afternoon, beating 26 other participating countries, including Nicaragua.
On the final day of the tournament, Team Hawaii, led by Garcia (who won gold in the Grand Masters Finals category), bested Team USA to take top honors.
For some reason not immediately apparent to or perfunctorily investigated by The Nicaragua Dispatch, Team USA and Team Hawaii compete under two different flags on the world surfing circuit, which may explain Donald Trump’s addlepated “birther” argument against President Barack Obama.
Though the ISA World Masters Surfing Championship was Garcia’s first trip in Nicaragua, he told The Nicaragua Dispatch last week that it was love at first sight. “The country is beautiful, the water is warm, the waves are good, the people are nice, thefood is good—you can’t ask for a better place to come,” the Hawaii native said.
As the international surfers pack up their boards and head home today, the Nicaraguan Tourism Board (INTUR) hopes the beneficial effects from last week’s ISA World Masters Surfing Championship will be felt for years to come.
“This will have an extraordinary impact for Nicaragua,” Tourism Minister Mario Salinas predicts.