See the Replay from the 2021 World Championships

The 2022 Pismo Beach ISA World Para-Surfing Championships Hosted by AmpSurf™ will be held Dec. 3rd-12th, 2022. There will be a learn to surf clinic and Opening Ceremonies on Dec. 3rd, Contest heats will run Dec. 4th-11th, and the closing will happen right after the last heats finish on Dec. 11th.

This event will again bring the top Para Surfers from around the world to Pismo beach to compete for world champion. These athletes will be representing their home nations to claim the gold for not only themselves, but their nation as well.

Each day will highlight the skill, power and performance of competitors surfing in the 9 Para Surf Divisions as recognized by the International Surfing Association, (ISA) the governing body for Olympic Surfing as recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IPC)

AmpSurf™, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established to Promote, Inspire, Educate, and Rehabilitate (PIER) all people with disabilities and their families through adaptive surfing and other outdoor activities will host this amazing event again this year in partnership with the beautiful city of Pismo Beach.


Dec. 2nd – Event Set up starts and 400+ Athletes, Coaches and Trainers from 32+ countries will be coming into the Pismo Beach area. We need volunteers for help with set up, getting countries and their teams checked in…. We’ll need volunteers for set-up, booth support, night security and more.

Dec. 3rd – We will be starting the day with an AmpSurf Learn to Surf Therapy Clinic (7am-12pm) for local people living with disabilities, Veterans and First Responders. We’ll need Instructors, Water assist, beach support booth help and more.

Dec. 3rd – After the Clinic finishes we will have a symposium at the Inn at the Pier on Athlete Classification and Adaptive Board Design from 2:30-5pm.
additional set up will also be done during this time as well

Dec. 4th – We will gather morning (9am) in the Pismo Beach Plaza for a water safety and chari transfer brief and then to set up for the Parade of Nations and Opening Ceremonies (1pm) to kick off the 2022 Pismo Beach ISA World Para-Surfing Championships Hosted by AmpSurf™. All 400+ athletes, coaches and trainers will gather at in the Addies St. Parking lot, parade to the Pier Plaza and each nation will present their national flag, sand from their nation and the contest will be officially kicked off. We’ll need volunteer for, Booth support, set up tear down, night security and more.

Dec. 5th-11th Contest Days!!! Heats will start at 7am, Volunteers need to be onsite by 6am. All the athletes, coaches and trainers will be in the house and the athletes will start battling wave by wave to see who will win gold in each division and which country will bring home over all Gold, Silver and Bronze. We will need volunteer for, water safety, booth support, judging spotters and tabulators, Wheelchair transfers, runners, night security and more.
Dec. 11th will finish with the closing ceremonies about 1 hour after the last heats finish and after the closing ceremonies we’ll get started on tearing everything down.

Dec. 12th – Contest tear down. We’ll need help making sure we get everything packed up and hauled out, so the beautiful Pismo Beach and pier area gets returned back to its pristine beauty. We’ll need Tear down staff, booth support, and more on this day.

Philippe Naud (FRA) Photo Credit ISA/Sean Evans


Thank you for expressing interest in participating in the healing power of the ocean and adaptive surfing. Participating in these events can be a very rewarding experience and we are stoked to share the healing power of adaptive surfing with you as part of the world championships!!!

Photo Credit ISA/Sean Evans

Before signing up for our clinic, please take a moment and read the information below;
Clinic schedule:
7:00 a.m. – Setup crew arrives
7:30 a.m. – All other volunteers arrive
7:45 a.m. – Volunteers briefing (all water staff must be present)
8:00 a.m. – Participants arrive – Meet, greet and suit up
8:30-9:00 a.m. – Dry land instruction
9:00-11:30 a.m. – In-water surf instruction
11:30-12:00 p.m. – Tear down
Participants are encouraged to contact AmpSurf in advance to make sure all efforts can be made to accommodate your disability. Please email 
Participants should bring the following items:
Swimsuit, Towel, Sunscreen, Picture ID, Snacks and Water

Clinic Volunteers (Instructors, Beach, Booth and Water Assists)
What to expect at each clinic:
At Check in each person’s temperature will be checked and standard Covid-19 questions will be asked. Once Covid-19 screening is complete, masks can be removed. AmpSurf will provide snacks, coffee, water, a surfboard, wetsuit, and rash-guard for each participant to use. A beach wheelchair is available if needed. All attendees are highly encouraged to bring their own Sunscreen, Water, Snacks and anything else they think they will need for the days adventure.

Please read our Beach Policy Manual found on

Sign-up to be a clinic participant/Volunteer by clicking here.

Photo Credit ISA/Sean Evans


Contest Competitors will sign up and register for this event via their national federations. Learn more about how to register as a competitor on the ISA’s Website @ 2022 Pismo Beach ISA World Para Surfing Championship — International Surfing Association (
For Competitor event accommodations click here


Thank you for expressing interest to help us with this world class event in Pismo Beach, CA. Below is information on the daily schedule.

Photo by Ben Reed

Volunteering can be a very rewarding experience. These events are not possible without your help. Our events have been successful, because everyone has a full commitment to their time slot. It is very important that all who sign up to volunteer make it to the event.

We know life happens, so please let us know as soon as possible if you are unable to attend by emailing As we get closer to the event, we will send out updates. AmpSurf’s goal is to Promote, Inspire, Educate, and Rehabilitate (PIER™) all people with disabilities and their families through adaptive surfing and other outdoor activities. We can’t do this without you! Please be sure to arrive 10-15 minutes early and expect to have one of the greatest experiences of your life.

General Roles/Schedule by volunteer type:

If you volunteer to help out at an event, your commitment is very valuable to a well-oiled machine. The Participants, Competitors, facilitators and your fellow volunteers are counting on you! Roles include Night Security, Set -up, Booth Support, Wheelchair Transfers, Water Safety, Judging spotter, Tabulator, Tear Down/daily clean-up….

Night Security – December 2nd – 11th, 6hr shifts from 6pm to 6am each night.
Walking the event area each night of the event to ensure competitor boards, equipment, and event stage gear are secure.

Booth Support – Dec. 3rd -11th, 4hr shifts starting at 6am till end of activities each day.
This task involves working at the welcome booth, the merchandise booths, and assisting with the food distribution each day. Each day the welcome and merch booths will need to be organized and set up for the day before heats start and then maintained throughout the day until activities end each day. Also when the lunch crews arrive, booth support staff will assist them in getting the lunches wet up for the event competitors’ staff and volunteers to eat. each evening booth support will help pick up for the day and ensure all items are securely put away. Activities each day are expected to run till 6pm with bands playing in the plaza.

Set-up Crew – Dec. 2nd -11th, 4hr shift starting at 6am each day
Daily Set up will include, putting out beach equipment, pop-ups, chairs and other various tasks to ensure everything is ready for the day. Once set up is complete volunteers can be reassigned to other daily tasks as need and availability allows. For those set-up people helping on Friday Dec. 2nd we’ll be meeting at the office (649 Dolliver st. 2nd flr) at 9:30am, getting merchandise and other miscellaneous things ready.

Wheelchair Transfers (beach help) – Dec. 5th -11th, 4hr shifts starting at 6am till end of heats each day
This task will include helping the athletes get on to the beach and transferred from their wheelchairs to beach wheelchairs to their surf equipment. Training for this task will be done before the clinic in Dec. 3rd and on Dec. 4th at 9am in the plaza. This task will be done in.

Water Safety – December 5th – 11th, 4hr shifts starting at 6am – till end of heats each day.
This task will involve being staged in the water at certain depths to ensure the safety of the athletes. If an athlete were to need assistance a water safety person will notify event staff and then assist as directed. Please note Water Safety is not there to assist athletes in the competition, only if they are in some sort of trouble. Training for the task will be done on the beach and in the Plaza on Dec. 4th at 9am.

Judging Spotter Dec. 5th-11, 4hr shifts starting at 6am – till end of heats each day
This tasks involves assiting the judges in the judging area to be aware when athletes are up and riding on the waves. With multiple athletes catching waves during a heat an judge may be watching one surfer and not see another make a wave. your role is to make sure the judges are aware of the competitor on the wave so they can be judged for it. Training for this will be done daily with the judging staff.

Tabulators Dec. 5th-11, 4hr shifts starting at 6am – till end of heats each day
This task involves assisting the judges in the tabulation of scores at the end of each heat. there will be multiple competitors in the water during each heat being scored by multiple judges. All the scores will need to be tabulated and averaged and entered into the system as the competitors score on waves. Training for this will be done daily with the judging staff.

Tear Down/Daily Clean-up – Dec. 3rd -12th 4hr shifts starting at 2pm each day (Except the 12th start at 7am)
This task involves helping get everything taken down each day after the events of the day are complete. This will involve securing the merchandise booths, getting the pop-ups, Access beach-traxx and beach chairs off the beach and secured, making sure all trash is cleaned up and put in the dumpster. On the morning on Dec. 12th, we will meet at 7am to do the final event clean up.

Gen. Assist Dec. 4th -11th, 4hr shifts starting at 6am till end of activities each day.
This task involves being able to be flexible and able to work where we need you that day and time of the event. You may be in one of the booths, helping the judges with tabulation of scores or as a spotter, you might be doing set up stuff, handing out waters on the beach, or just answering questions from the public. Thank you for being flexible and willing to help wherever you are needed! we won’t ask you to work in the water unless you want to!

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