Surf City is to hold the World Junior Surfing Championship from tomorrow ©ISA

A total of 45 nations are ready to compete at the next edition of the International Surfing Association (ISA) World Junior Surfing Championship, scheduled for 10 days at Surf City in El Salvador.

With more than 400 participants entered, it is set to surpass the record from 2019.

Among those surfers are those from the United States who are back to defend their title.

For many of these surfers, it will be the next step towards bigger and better things, with 33 of the 40 Olympians at Tokyo 2020 having competed at the World Junior Championships previously, including Brazilians Gabriel Medina and Tatiana Weston-Webb.

Surf City's name is testament to its ideal conditions for catching big waves, which are to be the best in the Championship's history.

The venue previously held the ISA World Stand-Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship, as well as the 2021 World Surfing Games.

Thailand and Senegal are due to compete for the first time at the World Junior Championship.

Sierra Kerr is one of the best second-generation talents coming out of surfing ©Getty Images
Sierra Kerr is one of the best second-generation talents coming out of surfing ©Getty Images

Sierra Kerr is set to follow in her father's footsteps on the international stage.

Josh Kerr previously competed on the Championship Tour.

Jackson Dorian, the son of former Championship Tour surfer Shane Dorian and godson of Kelly Slater, is another second-generation talent to watch out for.

A live broadcast is available on the ISA's website, with social media updates expected throughout the competition.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this is to be the first edition of the World Junior Surfing Championship since 2019, meaning former champions Dimitri Poulos of the US, Hawaiians Gabriela Bryan and Jackson Bunch, and Germany's Noah Klapp have all moved into the senior ranks.

Competition is scheduled to start tomorrow, with the last day of finals due to be held on June 5.