ISA Coaching and Judging Workshops Make Waves in Sri Lanka

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In the past four weeks, the Surfing Federation of Sri Lanka has presented two Coaching and Judging Workshops in Sri Lanka.

East Sri Lanka Workshop

Local Sri Lankan surfers have been benefitting from the ISA coaching and judging workshops recently held in the country. Here is the group from the East Coast. Photo: SFSL

The workshops focused on the technical development of surfing technique for growing numbers of Surf Club members and their coaches and an insight into the basics of competition judging.

The workshops were held in the south of Sri Lanka at Kabalana and in the east at Arugam Bay. Sri Lanka has two distinct surf seasons that on any day of the year produce quality surf conditions and that’s reflected in the rising level of surfing.

South Sri Lanka Workshop

Surfers from South Sri Lanka have also been benefitting from the ISA Coaching and Judging Workshops. Pictured here with ISA Course Presenter Tim Jones. Photo: SFSL

The participants were not only some of the best surfers in Sri Lanka but also Surf Club and Surfing Federation of Sri Lanka officials. All are ready to pass on their experience and technical knowledge to the growing numbers of Sri Lankan surfers and strengthen the level of club coaching. Many traveled from Colombo, Hikkaduwa, and Yala, quite long distances, to attend the workshops.

The workshops gave coaches and surfers technical drills and practices that will be used at club level and the ability to run club competitions on a regular basis. With a strong focus on maneuver analysis and the mechanics of surfing, many questions and ideas were exchanged and everyone felt they benefited from the workshops.

Surfer Shaggy

As the sport continues to grow in the country, Sri Lanka has begun to produce impressive talent of its own. Shaggy displaying some of this talent. Photo: SFSL

The workshops were presented by Tim Jones, an ex-national finalist and ISA Course Presenter for Sri Lanka. He’s coached a number of national champions in Europe right through to WQS surfers and has a great insight to what’s required to pull on that vest, feel the nerves, and still give it your best shot.

Big thanks goes out to all who attended and the Surfing Federation of Sri Lanka will be presenting more of these technical workshops, Surf Safety Days and setting competition dates for the future

For further information on joining your local club and finding out more about the Surfing Federation of Sri Lanka please contact Lalaka or Hiran via surf@surfingsrilanka.org and visit and like our Facebook page.

Surfer Lesitha

Surfer Lesitha launching an air in one of Sri Lanka’s beautiful waves. Photo: SFSL

About The International Surfing Association:
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).