QUITO, April 1 (Xinhua) -- At least 130 surfers from 20 countries and regions will take part in the World Masters Surfing Championship (WMSC) from April 6 to 14 in Ecuador, the country's Sports Ministry announced Monday.
The top master surfers from around the world will represent their teams in an "Olympic-style" event, the ministry said, adding it has undertaken several infrastructure projects to prepare Montanita for the event, which officially kicks off Saturday.
Surfers will compete in divisions according to different age groups for both men and women, who will compete for medals as well as the Eduardo Arena Perpetual Trophy, which will go to the gold-medal winning team.
National teams from Australia, Brazil, France, Japan and South Africa have confirmed their participation in this event, which will see ISA-WMSC gold-medal winner Magnum Martinez of Venezuela return to defend his title.
Australia's national team will be led by the 2011 women's masters gold-medal winner and seven-time Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) world champion Layne Beachley.
France has a solid team of veterans in ISA masters events, including Frederick Robin, Regis Blanchard and Oliver Salvaire.
The eight-member Brazilian team includes Sergio de Noronha and Jojo de Olivenca, both competitors in the ASP World Tour in the 80s and early 90s.
The WMSC, world's largest competition of master surfers, is organized by the International Surfing Association and the Sports Ministry and will be held in Montanita beach, Ecuador's coastal province of Santa Elena.