The South American Beach Games are an innovative multisport event organized by the South American Sports Organization (ODESUR). Its first edition was held in 2009 in Uruguay, in the cities of Montevideo and Punta del Este. Every two years – during summer in South America – a new edition is held. The second, in 2011, was in Manta, Ecuador, and the third is already scheduled: it will be in 2013, in Vargas, Venezuela.
The format of the event, quite attractive to the youth, opened and gathered the attention of the sports world. In the two editions held so far, nine sports were played: four that are part of the Olympic program (marathon swimming, triathlon, sailing, and beach volleyball) and five that do not (beach football, water skiing, beach handball, rugby beach, and surfing), but have a good performance in the region.
The prerequisites for membership in the South American Beach Games are quite clear: the sport should be played on the beach, in the pool or in the sea, in addition to having popularity on the continent. Despite its name, the South American event also receives a few Central American nations such as Panama and the Caribbean islands.