Bocas Invitacional: Celebrating Culture Through Sports and Music!

We’re thrilled to announce the third edition of Bocas Invitacional, the only bodyboarding festival in Central America that brings together the best local and international athletes. From March 4th to March 10th, 2024, Bocas del Toro will be the epicenter of surfing and fun with an event that highlights cultural value through sports, music, and gastronomy.

With a prize purse exceeding $15,000 in cash, our festival aims to promote local talent and showcase Panama and the Bocas del Toro archipelago as a premier international surfing destination.

Bocas Invitacional 3.0 2024

Over five days, we’ll offer a variety of exciting activities, including:

Opening Ceremony – Tuesday March 5, starting at 4pm at Bambuda Bocas Town:: With the presence of public figures, the Chamber of Tourism, the Municipality of Bocas, live bands, and guest DJs, we’ll kick off a week filled with action and excitement.

International Bodyboarding Contest: With four competition categories, over 60 international athletes and 30 local athletes will demonstrate their skills on the waves of Bocas del Toro. Athlete check-in is Wednesday, March 6 in Bluff Beach, there may be a competition in the afternoon (depending on conditions; and the competition days will by Thursday, March 7 and Friday March 8, 2024.

Talks and Workshops: Led by experts in sports psychology and environmental awareness, we’ll offer informative and educational sessions to enrich our participants’ experience.

Bodyboarding Clinics and Expression Session: Opportunities for bodyboarding enthusiasts to hone their skills and express their creativity on the waves.

Musical Performances: From local DJs to live bands, music will be the perfect backdrop for our activities at Bluff Beach.

Grand Closing and Prize Giving – Saturday March 9 at Hotel Playa Tortuga: : We’ll wrap up the festival with an unforgettable party featuring guest artists and international DJs.

Bocas Invitacional is a project born out of love for sports and personal investment from our partners. However, organizing an event of this magnitude is costly, and we face significant financial challenges. Despite our efforts, we have yet to secure a substantial sponsor who can cover the event’s basic costs.

For this reason, we’re reaching out to our community and surf enthusiasts in Bocas del Toro and beyond, requesting your support in the form of donations. Every contribution will help us keep this sports and cultural tradition alive, promote tourism on the island, create employment opportunities, and put Bocas del Toro on the international surfing map.

For those wishing to support our movement, you can make a donation here:

We’ve also provided our banking information for those who prefer to make a direct transfer:

Bocas Invitacional
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Together, we can ensure that Bocas Invitacional continues to be a flagship event and an integral part of the Bocas del Toro community.

Thank you for your generosity and support!

Check out a taste of last year’s event:



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