Richards in ISA World Championship, loses passport to robbery

Garden City Beach surfer Cam Richards is scheduled to represent the United States this weekend in the 2013 DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championship (WJSC), presented by Billabong.

The world’s largest and most important Junior competition will take place in Playa Jiquiliste, Nicaraqua in the surf-gifted area of Rancho Santana, located 2 hours from Managua by car. But, more importantly just over 3500 miles from Los Angeles where Richards now resides.

With multiple sponsors covering Richards travels, the one thing that can’t be avoided is the Passport issue that currently holds him in que.

While visiting his home in Garden City last week to volunteer for several events, Richards parked his truck in a sponsor lot in Los Angeles. With a considerable amount of belongings in the back of the truck, including his passport, Richards discovered upon return that someone had broken into the truck and stolen everything. Everything, including that passport that he would need to fly to Nicaragua to represent the United States in the Under-18 category this weekend.

This will mark the second year of the competition for Richards. In 2012, he attended as an alternate and after a surf-off, was called upon to compete. For the 2013 competition, Richards qualified by competing in the East Coast Prime Events and the US Surfing Championships, where he placed 2nd at Trestles in July of last year.

Richards will be representing the United States in the Under-18 Boys division along with Parker Coffin, Colin Moran, and Kevin Schulz.  Over 30 countries from all corners of the planet, and over 300 under-18, and under-16, boys and girls surfers will compete as well. The competition is set to be held from Sunday, June 9th through Sunday, June 16th.

ISA President Fernando Aguerre remarked, “The surfers will be practicing at the world-class point and beach break waves at Playa Jiquiliste in preparation for the World Championship that begins with the opening ceremony on Saturday and the competition on Sunday. Great surfing conditions and waves in the head high to overhead range in Nicaragua’s warm water are welcoming the delegations. As I like to remind all athletes, while a few competitors will go home with medals, all of them are already winners, as they are surfing as members of their National Surfing Teams.”

With the opening ceremony just a few days away, Richards’ father Kelly has been working feverishly from the East Coast to replace the passport. “We’re 99 percent sure that we’ll get it Friday. He’ll fly out Saturday and be there by Sunday. He’s going to miss the opening ceremony, but they’ll still let him compete,” said Kelly Richards, owner of Village Surf Shoppe in Garden City.

To keep up with Richards and team USA, visit the event website at http://isawjsc.com/.  Click on the Live tab to watch the event streamed live.

Photo Credit: Michael Latham

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