The ISA invites the international Surfing family to celebrate International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) on April 6, 2017.
International Day of Sport for Development and Peace is an annual celebration of the power of sport to act as a catalyst for social change, community development, and the promotion of peace, love, and respect, which contribute to a better world. The ISA strongly believes that Surfing has an amazing power in this space and the proven ability to transcend all socio-economic barriers and create social change.
We know that many people use Surfing to contribute towards a better world and we encourage you to share these stories on April 6th to inspire others and demonstrate Surfing’s powerful capacity to make a difference.
The White Card campaign is a symbolic gesture to highlight peace through sport and create an opportunity for those who believe in the power of Surfing to change to show their support. We encourage you to share stories and photos of how you are using Surfing as a tool for social change, development, and peace by posting a photo holding up a white card with the hashtags #WhiteCard, #IDSDP2017, and #ForABetterSurfingFuture.
The ISA will share the contributions and content through its media channels to showcase how the sport that we love is making an impact.
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Thank you for your participation on this historic day and we look forward to seeing Surfing used as a force for positive change.
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 104 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).