APRIL 6 – 13, 2024 | VITERBO, ITALY
FIPS-MER LONG DISTANCE CASTING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
The 2024 FIPS-Mer Long Distance Casting World Championships will be held April 6-13 in Viterbo, Italy, and the newly-formed USA Surf Casting organization is laying the groundwork to field our nation’s first ever surf casting team at the event.
Although there are dozens of surf casting clubs and organizations around the globe, the FIPS-Mer World Championships is the premier and ultimate international long distance surf casting tournament. Casting teams assemble from nations of South America, Europe, Africa and beyond to compete in four different sinker weight classes for the title of longest casters in the world. It’s a combination of skill, strength, and mechanical know-how. With the recent achievements of several emerging American surf casters from Texas and the Carolinas, the United States is set to take the sport by surprise.
LEARN ABOUT COMPETITIVE
The sport of surf casting consists of competitions where casters gather on a measured and marked field. It’s a 30 degree wedge shape radiating from the “oche” (pr. AH-kee): the point where competitors cast from.
There are four sinker weight classes: 100 gram, 125 gram, 150 gram, and 175 gram, each with corresponding minimum legal line diameters (thinner line = farther casts). Casters are free to use any rods and reels they like, but most serious competitors use very powerful rods from 13 to 15 feet in length, paired with a customized – or “tuned” – small conventional reel.
The object of these competitions is to cast the farthest within the bounds of the “casting court”. Depending on the number of athletes, a caster will have several casting opportunities on a given day of competition.