On June 10-12, the Sports Concierge of Chiba Convention Bureau and International Center visited the then ongoing JPSA 2021 Sawakami Japan Pro Surfing Tour. This tournament is part of the Japan Pro Surfing Association’s 17th Surf Town Festa, which was held from June 6 to mid-July. Due to the present pandemic condition, the event was held behind closed doors with about 100 participants and other related parties who had undergone the PCR test. Health conditions were monitored for 2 weeks prior to the competition.
As part of the event, the 1st Surf Town Festa Kids Contest took place June 6, and young surfers were given a chance to show off their surfing skills. This is part of the initiative of the Surf Town Festa Executive Committee and Isumi City to inspire new generations to participate in various activities and motivate them to engage in surfing. In order to ensure athletes’ and spectators’ safety, various precautions are being implemented, such as setting up a lifeguard post, tsunami drill that also includes responding to people with hearing impairments, installation of the universal slope so that people on wheelchairs can easily get to/off the beach easily, and more.
Through surfing, which is a newly adopted sporting game in the Olympics, the local government hopes to continue to engage in various similar events in the future and promote Isumi City as a surf venue.
Since the convention complex representing Japan “Makuhari Messe” was built in 1989, Chiba Convention Bureau and International Center (CCB-IC) has been developing support to attract and hold meetings such as conventions, exhibitions and incentive travels, in cooperation with local universities and government agencies, various organizations and companies. For more info, visit www.ccb.or.jp/mice/e.