Azores, Portugal, 23 September 2016:
The International Surfing Association (ISA) today confirmed that the 2016 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, which is currently taking place in the Azores, Portugal, will be carried live on the Olympic Channel this Saturday and Sunday starting at 9 a.m. local time. The new, ground-breaking digital platform where fans can experience the power of sport and the Olympic Movement all year round is available worldwide via mobile apps for Android and iOS devices and at olympicchannel.com.
The Championship, which involves a record 371 surfers from 39 countries, climaxes this weekend with the finals of the ISA Aloha Cup and the Boys and Girls U-18 and U16 finals. All the weekend’s action from the Azores will be streamed to a worldwide audience on the Olympic Channel using the ISA webcast live feed.
Speaking about this landmark moment, ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said:
“I am delighted that the 2016 VISSLA ISA World Junior Championship will be made available on the Olympic Channel through to the finals of the competition this weekend. This is a great opportunity for Surfing to continue to widen its reach and exposure, win new fans and of course makes real our commitment to support this new initiative from the IOC. The ISA is also in discussions with the channel about how to further enhance and promote Surfing for future ISA events.
“Embracing innovation and digital content has long been a central part of the ISA’s approach and I hope that today’s announcement will prove to be just the start of a much deeper relationship between Surfing and the Olympic Channel.”
The 2016 VISSLA ISA World Junior Championship concludes on Sunday September 25 and will bring to a close a record-breaking event for the U-18 event in terms of the number of surfers and nations competing.
The International Surfing Association (ISA), founded in 1964, is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. The ISA governs and defines Surfing as Shortboard, Longboard & Bodyboarding, StandUp Paddle (SUP) Racing and Surfing, Bodysurfing, Wakesurfing, and all other wave riding activities on any type of waves, and on flat water using wave riding equipment. The ISA crowned its first Men’s and Women’s World Champions in 1964. It crowned the first Big Wave World Champion in 1965; World Junior Champion in 1980; World Kneeboard Champions in 1982; World Longboard Surfing and World Bodyboard Champions in 1988; World Tandem Surfing Champions in 2006; World Masters Champions in 2007; and World StandUp Paddle (SUP, both surfing and racing) and Paddleboard Champions in 2012.
ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 101 countries on five continents. Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California. It is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (Argentina), first elected President in 1994 in Rio de Janeiro. The ISA’s four Vice-Presidents are Karín Sierralta (PER), Kirsty Coventry (ZIM), Casper Steinfath (DEN) and Barbara Kendall (NZL).