A groundbreaking global event blending beach sports, active lifestyles, urban culture and online media into a vibrant mix that inspires youthful creativity and celebrates global competition.



Benefits to San Diego


The ANOC World Beach Games is committed to promoting doping-free sport within all its multi-sport games, and guarantees that all the sports and athletes are compliant with the World Anti-Doping Agency code and rules.


The ANOC World Beach Games abides by the Principles of Olympism. Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy of effort, the educational value of good example, social responsibility and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles. (Fundamental Principles of Olympism)


The ANOC World Beach Games places "sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity." As the host city of the 2017 Games, the organizing committee has made it our mission to identify, integrate and provide solutions towards key global social issues that will not only benefit the region but that will move the needle for all mankind.


In October 2015, San Diego was unanimously chosen by the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) General Assembly to host this inaugural event. The ANOC World Beach Games is a millennial sporting event that will engage and inspire youth through beach sports, entertainment and an innovative social media and digital engagement platform.

This is an unprecedented opportunity for virtually every citizen of the world to see our beautiful beaches, unique history and stately beauty.  We celebrate the spirit and ideals of the Olympic games.

To make it happen and make it epic, we need your help!


In September 2017, athletes, coaches and fans from more than 200 countries will come to San Diego for the inaugural ANOC World Beach Games. Millions more will support their teams via worldwide television and on-line coverage over this 10-day event.


Fans around the world will become acquainted with our beautiful beaches and vibrant city, connecting San Diego not only with beauty, vibrancy and the active lifestyle, but also our rise as one of the largest CleanTECH clusters in the world, our world class destinations like Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo, and our recent emergence as a home to some of the top healthcare and biotech innovators. Local companies will be able to promote themselves on a worldwide platform and show young professionals the opportunities that await them and the community that will embrace them.


An estimated 5,000 athletes and coaches and 100,000 spectators will attend the Games. The result will be significant economic impact during the event. And this financial boom should continue beyond 2017. This effort will showcase San Diego as a hub of innovation, a global sports community embracing our diversity and celebrating our journey towards making this the most memorable experience the world has ever seen. The ANOC World Beach games will be a San Diego legacy.


Through the promotion and development of water, beach and urban athletic disciplines, the ANOC World Beach Games will create a global stage and media platform for contemporary, youth-driven sports.  A key goal for the event is to foster a global sports community, connected and engaged around active lifestyles. San Diego—the birthplace of innovative sports like the X-Games, NFL Experience and BMX Bicycling—will lead the charge that will bring these sports greater worldwide recognition and prominence.


Your tax deductible gift to the San Diego Exploratory Foundation will be used to organize the games and continue our development of other related programs.