ISA Tandem Surfing World Championship
September 1 to 3, 2012
Cocoa Beach Pier, Florida, USA
The best Tandem Surfers from across the world will be competing for the sport’s biggest honor at the International Surfing Association Tandem Surfing World Championship that will take place from September 1 to 3 at the Cocoa Beach Pier, Florida.
Hawaiian favorites like Chick Inman and Lauren Oiye, Pauly Chambers and Krystl Apeles, and Kalani Vierra and Tiffany Rabacal have confirmed their participation in the event and will be joined by over ten couples from California, USA’s East Coast and Europe.
The event will be part of the 27th edition of the National Kidney Foundation Rich Salick Pro/Am Surf Festival. Teams will be vying for the coveted World Champion title and for additional ranking points on the International Tandem Surfing Association’s World Tandem Tour.
“We are totally happy about the hosting of the annual ISA Tandem Surfing World Championship,” said ISA President, Fernando Aguerre. “I enjoy watching Tandem Surfing; as a surfing discipline it’s a beautiful mix of dancing and surfing requiring strong gymnastic skills. We look forward to having an amazing event in Cocoa Beach.”
Merritt Island’s own ‘Surfing Doc,’ Dr Lance Maki, MD, is the Event Director. Known as the father of East Coast Tandem Surfing, Maki and his teammate, Jacqueline Remey will be demonstrating that Tandem Surfing is not just for the young, but the young at heart. At a combined age of 126 years, the locals have represented Florida in contests from Hawaii to France in recent years.
This year’s competition is sure to be a special event, as it will celebrate the life of Rich Salick, a friend to Tandem Surfing and surfing as a whole. Dr. Maki and Ms. Remy have recently completed a book on tandem surfing and all of the proceeds from the first printing will benefit the National Kidney Foundation.
“The contest is all ready to go and we are all excited to see the teams from around the world compete for the Championships,” said Maki. “The spectators will once again see some of the best the Tandem Surfing world has to offer. Time and time again, the teams deliver a level of skill and talent that has few rivals. Grace, strength, and surfing skill will wow the crowd again this year.”
Regarding the task as an organizer, Maki said, “I feel blessed and almost overwhelmed, but I can handle it. Several people have assisted me and have made this a lot easier, including Phil Salick, Brian and Cindy Stokes, Dennis Riley and other members of the National Kidney Foundation.”
Updates on the event will be available at http://www.nkfsurf.com
2011: Clement and Dhelia
2010: Clement and Dhelia
2009: Kalani and Ala
2008: Chuck and Tiffany
2007: Kalani and Blanche
2006: Brian and Kathy
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 102 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). ƒ