Scholarship Ambassador Archives

The ISA Scholarship Recipients are inspirational individuals, who strive to succeed in both surfing and education.  These “ISA Ambassadors” are selected based on their dedication to represent their Nation as an exceptional student and surfer in their community.  The ISA Ambassadors characterize themselves by providing a positive influence on their peers as a committed youth in both the sport of surfing and school.

Congratulations to the ISA Ambassadors, recipients of the ISA Individual Scholarships!




ISA Ambassadors

  • Newly Announced 2013 Scholarship Recipients

    • Julian Iturralde- Argentina

      Julian Iturralde is seventeen years old and is a member of the Association of Chubut surfers in Argentina. He commutes long distances to every contest and wants to dedicate his life to the sport of surfing. He plans to travel to other countries where his training can be taken to the next level.
    • Bianca Schipni- Argentina

      Bianca Schipani is thirteen years old and started surfing in 2012. Bianca wants to be one of the only women to pull an air, a trick that she believes very few women have succeeded at. She dreams of making her national team and participating throughout the world. Bianca is very passionate about school and when she is not training, she is studying or hanging out with her family.
    • Kaue Germano- Brazil

      Kaue Germano is a dedicated eleven-year-old surfer and student from Brazil. His "Golden Dream" is to be a top ranked competitor in his State Tour and in the National Brazilian Tour. Kaue hopes to someday represent Brazil in a future ISA event.
    • Vinicius Parra- Brazil

      Vinicius Parra has grown up competing in Brazil in surf club and city contests. He is eleven years old and strives to expand his range of competitions by participating in the State Sao Paulo Tour and the National CBS Tour. In doing so, Vinicius hopes to be noticed by future sponsors so that he can continue his dream of becoming a professional surfer.
    • Bruno Santos- Brazil

      Bruno Santos is eleven years old and has been competing in surf contests for the last three years. He is very goal- oriented and always pushes himself to succeed in school as well as in surfing. Bruno dreams of participating in the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship within the next two years.
    • Laura Godoy- Chile

      Sixteen-year-old Laura Godoy contributes much of her success to the outstanding support she has received from her parents, her two brothers, and Viña Surfing Club, especially Paula Muñoz, the current Club President. The club has helped Laura compete in several championships including the National Women's Surf Ranking, where she recently ranked 8th.
    • Christopher Rojas- Chile

      Christopher Rojas is a well-known name in Pichilemu, Chile. He has been in the water showing his perseverance and capacity to overcome obstacles since the young age of six. Christopher has won numerous Under 14 and Under 12 local, national, and various youth competitions. With the help of Casa Roja and Waitara Club, Christopher has been able to travel to many surfing competitions. Christopher is now twelve years old and one of the best students in his class. He is passionate about surfing and in order to learn and acquire more competition experience, he needs to travel and compete with other surfers. With the help of the ISA Scholarship, Christopher will be able to gain the competitive experience he needs.
    • Trinidad Salas- Chile

      Trinidad Salas has the recipe for success: she is enthusiastic, persistent, and highly motivated. She gets much of her surfing influence from her father who she surfs and trains with on a daily basis. Trinidad is currently eleven years old, lives in Pichilemu, Chile, and is starting to compete in regional championships.
    • Javiera Veliz- Chile

      After competing in the ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in Nicaragua this past year, fifteen-year-old Javiera Veliz strives to continue traveling the world to compete in National Circuit Championships. She plans to maintain her studies and her passion for education while competing internationally.
    • Santiago Nakogui Barro- Colombia

      Santiago Nakogui Barro is an inspiration and role model to many children in his indigenous community in Northern Columbia. Sixteen-year-old Santiago belongs to the Tayrona Surf Club, one of the oldest registered surf clubs in all of Colombia. He is the current Amateur Champion of Colombia, winning two out of the three national championships this year. Santiago continues to push the boundaries to expand his skills and plans to continue traveling and competing.
    • Santiago Mendoza- Colombia

      Thirteen-year-old Santiago Mendoza chooses to overcome life's obstacles by focusing on surfing and school. When he is not training, Santiago can be found helping his father run his business at Casagrande Surf and Camp, a recreational camping and restaurant site near the ocean. Santiago recently won the National Amateur Competition held in Barranquilla and is the youngest to have ever won an amateur championship in Colombia.
    • Esteban Chaves Morua- Costa Rica

      Estaban Chaves Morua's happiness stems from his mom and his friends who support and encourage him in surfing and in school. He is fifteen years old and enjoys traveling and competing not only because he furthers his surfing, but also because he gains valuable friends through his experiences.
    • Eduardo Venegas- Costa Rica

      Eduardo Venegas is one of five brothers in his family. He is sixteen years old and plans to use the ISA Scholarship to pay for school for his four brothers and himself. Eduardo believes that although surfing is a fun sport, "education is essential to having a decent life."
    • Irons Burgos- Ecuador

      At the age of fifteen, Irons Burgos is a three time National Champion in Ecuador and is determined to travel the world to continue improving his surfing. He hopes to compete in NSSA and Pro Junior events in the near future and his dream is to be the first Ecuadorian to win a medal in an ISA World Championship.
    • Michael Jordan Macías Viera- Ecuador

      Michael Jordan Macías Viera’s is fourteen years old and his main priorities are his family, his education, and surfing. When he's not at the beach or helping around the house, you can find him watching surf videos of professional body boarders and studying their techniques. Michael has great enthusiasm for competitions and is excited to see his progress in future events.
    • Titouan Boyer- France

      Fifteen-year-old Titouan Byer is originally from a small island in the Carribean. His extreme dedication to the sport of surfing has him moving to new locations each year in order to push the boundaries of his surfing and training. Titouan has big dreams for both his education and for surfing. He will begin college next year and will take the BAC exam in France in three years. Even with the high demands of college, Titouan will continue his training and competing in hopes on one day competing on the WCT.
    • Williams Alfredo Garcia Avila- Guatemala

      Sixteen-year-old Williams Alfredo Garcia Avila has successfully found a way to create balance in his life between school, friends, and competitive surfing. He has a rigorous training schedule for competitive surfing, working an average of three hours per training session. William's responsibility and discipline have allowed him to climb into the national ranking and occupy the podium three different times.
    • Jose Anthony Diaz Chachon- Guatemala

      Jose Anthony Diaz Chachon only began surfing five years ago but has already made a name for himself within his surfing community in Guatemala. He is now sixteen years old and has made a presence by participating in the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship and the American Championship in 2012. Jose hopes that his passion and dedication for the sport will lead him to achieving his goal of one day becoming World Champion
    • Miguel Angel Castillo Pimentel- Guatemala

      Miguel Angel Castillo Pimentel aspires to be a professional surfer similar to his idols, Kelly Slater and Gabriel Medina, who continue to bring raw talent and innovation to the sport of surfing. Seventeen-year-old Miguel is the reigning National Champion in the Junior U18 category and is in the top six of the National Open Category in Guatemala. Miguel also continues to excel in his studies and hopes to finish his schooling in the near future.
    • Bianca Macedo- Hawaii

      Bianca Macedo is a thirteen year old surfer who was born and raised in Maui, Hawaii. She has been surfing since she was two years old and has been surfing competitively since she was seven years old. This last year was the year that Bianca traveled to compete in the NSSA Hawaii Tour, Nationals, Regionals and the HSA Series. Bianca loves to surf and surfs every day with her brother. Her goal is to be apart of the Hawaiian National Team and do really well on the National stage.
    • Sunshine Patey- Hawaii

      Sunshine Pately is thirteen years old from Kauai, Hawaii. She travels often with her family to Oahu and California to compete in various surf competitions. Sunshine enjoys surfing with her friends and the thrill of winning heats because it reiterates that hard training pays off. Keep your eyes peeled for Sunshine who will soon be ripping on a new John Pizel Surfboard.
    • Anabella Yukojat- Indonesia

      Anabella Yukojati is a role model to many. She is fifteen years old from Indonesia and has been described by her friends as "humorous, easy to get along with, and multi talented." When Yukojati is not surfing, she can be found playing guitar. She enjoys playing music because it is a chance to get all of her friends together to sing. Yukojati desires to be an icon for other young surfers to look up to.
    • Ronald Hastings- Jamaica

      Ronald Hastings started surfing at the age of seven and instantly fell in love with the sport because it has the ability to clear his mind and keep him connected to nature. On the weekend, he enjoys going to the beach with his family and reading a book or doing a puzzle with his sister. Ronald's greatest life lesson came from his mother who taught him to "live a happy and peaceful life, while taking full advantage of your opportunities." Ronald is now fourteen years old and dreams of being a professional surfer so he can tour the world and have the funding to further his education.
    • Nathan Miller- Jamaica

      Nathan Miller is a fourteen year old from Kingston, Jamaica. Nathan grew up admiring his father surfing. At age seven, he decided he wanted to pursue the same lifestyle. He enjoys summer time because he gets to surf every day at Jamnesia Surf Camp with other surfers his age. Nathan is also very passionate about school. His favorite subject is science because it gives him an understanding of the various wonders of the planet.
    • Ivah Wilmot- Jamaica

      Surfing has run in Ivah Wilmots's blood for four generations. Ivah and his family also run a surf camp on the beach in St. Andrew, Jamaica that surfers travel internationally to come stay at . His biggest surfing inspirations include Rob Machado and his brother, Inilek. Ivah is sixteen years old and attends Kingston College where he is studying Engineering. Some of his favorite subjects include art, technical drawing, and metal work. Once he completes college, Ivah hopes to use his technical drawing skills to start shaping surfboards.
    • Adama Browne- Liberia

      Adama Browne is a fourteen years old from Liberia. Benjamin McCrumuda, the President of the Liberian Surfing Federation, first taught Adama how to surf when he was eight years old. Adama gets the most thrill from riding big waves on a Rusty fish. He also enjoys reading, especially surf magazines, and would love to work with computers when he grows up.
    • Morris Gross- Liberia

      Surfing is the only sport that can satisfy sixteen-year-old Morris Gross' heart. Morris first learned how to surf regular foot but after realizing that there are only left hand breaks in his home town of Robertsport, Liberia, Morris taught himself to surf goofy foot as well. Outside of surfing, Morris is very passionate about his studies. He loves math and science and aspires to be an engineer when he grows up.
    • Luis Rey Hernandez- Mexico

      Luis Rey Hernandez is the current Under 16 National Champion and according to the President of the Mexican Surfing Federation, "is one of the most promising Mexican surfers." Fourteen-year-old Luis' respectful nature makes him a wonderful candidate to be an ISA Ambassador. He plans on using his scholarship funds to further his education, for surfing equipment, contest fees, and transportation costs.
    • Alejandro Meza- Mexico

      Alejandro Meza is seventeen-years-old from the small village of San Juanico, Baja California Sur, Mexico. After finishing primary school, Alejandro decided to further his education by going to secondary school in a town 40 miles away. He lives with another family during the week while in school and travels back to San Juanico to surf on the weekends. Alejandro is one of the top students at his school and plans to attend college- a first for his family. Alejandro's ambition is contagious to all those around him and he dreams of surfing in the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship for Mexico.
    • Nils Kintscher- Namibia

      Nils Kintscher is the first born of his triplet brothers, all of which started surfing this past year in their home country of Namibia. Nils and his brothers are all very enthusiastic about surfing and have attended mini events and coaching sessions in their town. Nils loves the sea and wants to spend as much time as possible surfing with his brothers and his friends. He plans to use his scholarship funds to travel and for new surfing gear.
    • Nick Tuhikarama- New Zealand

      Nick Tuhikarama is eleven years old and currently lives in Christchurch, New Zealand where he attends Shirley Boys High School. Nick has won the Cadet Title on his South Island Circuit in the Under 17 category two years in a row. With the help of the ISA Scholarship, Nick will expand his surfing potential by traveling to the North Island of New Zealand to compete in the New Zealand Nationals and the Grom Bash Contest. Nick has gotten enormous support from his father and from the North Wai Board Riders Club over the years and he hopes that in the near future, he will be able to travel overseas to Australia to compete in the Queensland Championship Circuit.
    • Joel Chavez- Nicaragua

      Joel Chaves has always placed as much importance on school as he has on surfing. He is eighteen years old in his last year of high school and plans to go to college where he can perfect his English speaking skills and can study to achieve his goal of working in tourism. Joel sees his home country of Nicaragua as a blossoming surf country with a bright future full of surf contests. The ISA Scholarship funds will help Joel surf in international surf contests, as well as assist him with funding his first year of college.
    • Kevin Cortez- Nicaragua

      Kevin Cortez' interest in surfing sparked when working for Dale Dagger's Surf Tours in Nicaragua. Kassidy, the owner of the camp, has always encouraged him to excel not only at surfing, but also in school. Kevin is currently seventeen years old and is thriving in his third year of high school. His future educational plans are to continue his education at a university level after graduating. Kevin also continues to improve on his surfing every day and will use his scholarship funds to maintain surfboards, pay for schooling supplies, and pay for the bus.
    • Juber Martinez- Nicaragua

      Juber Martinez aspires to travel and compete in various international contests in places such as in Costa Rica, Panama, and El Salvador. Juber is eighteen years old and has been surfing for the past four years. He first learned to surf when a traveling surfer gave him a surfboard. Thanks to the help of his part time employer, he has been able to compete in local tournaments in Nicaragua and this year, was able to qualify for the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship.
    • Edwin Bismar Morales Rivas- Nicaragua

      Edwin Bismar Morales Rivas is an ambitious seventeen-year-old surfer. Surf tourism is quickly changing the face of Edwin's community. Therefore, he plans to study tourism at university so he can open his own tourism related business in his home town. When he's not surfing or in school, Edwin can be found volunteering at Project Wave of Optimism, a nonprofit organization in his community that hosts beach cleanups, community surf days, and youth group excursions.
    • Jackson Obando- Nicaragua

      Jackson Obando first fell in love with the ocean at nine years old when he started going in the water with a donated body board. Jackson progressed to surfing when a tourist left him an old yellow surfboard. Since then, Jackson has excelled at a national level, advancing the farthest for his country in the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship. Jackson thrives from competing with surfers from other countries and is well on his way to achieving his dream of becoming a professional surfer, having a sponsor, and traveling the world.
    • Luis Angel Arroyo- Panama

      Luis Angel Arroyo is a two-time ISA Scholarship winner. He began surfing when he was four years old and his passion and drive have allowed him to excel in both surfing and school. Luis travels an hour and a half each day to school and when he returns, he is able to surf and practice for upcoming competitions. Luis plans to use this year's scholarship award to assist in travel funds for competitions, bus fees, school supplies, and surfing equipment.
    • Monica Munn- Panama

      Monica Munn is a two-time ISA Scholarship winner. She first began surfing when she was eleven years old and has continued to do so ever since. With the funding from last year's scholarship, Monica was able to travel to her first ISA World Junior Surfing Championship. She desires to continue to improve her education and surfing and plans on participating in national and international surf contests this year.
    • Selvester Bactad- Philippines

      Selvester Bactad is sixteen years old and continues to place a high value on his education, even though outside factors have prevented him from keeping up with other kids his age. Selvester's mentor, Bjorn Pabon, inspires him to go to school and to surf in his spare time. Selvester recently won the 2013 Southswell Shootout in the Philippines for both the Open Longboard and Open Shortboard division. The ISA Scholarship will not only help alleviate the financial burden of Selvester's education, but it will also help with traveling expenses for upcoming national competitions this year.
    • Gabriel Amaru Rodriguez- Peru

      Gabriel Amaru Rodriquez is a ten year old surfer from Peru. He enjoys surfing because it allows him to forget about everything and focus on improving his performance. Gabriel plans to invest the scholarship money in pursuing his career. He embodies what an ISA Ambassador should be by sustaining good grades and having an overwhelming passion for surfing.
    • Daniela Rosas- Peru

      Daniela Rosas is ten years old and believes that surfing is her biggest love. Daniela enjoys being in the water and training with her uncles. She enjoys the freedom that each new wave gives her, even if the waves are big Daniela pushes through fear and excels. Daniela plans on using her ISA Scholarship to afford competing in surf contests.
    • Jolari Carreras- Puerto Rico

      Jolari Carreras is a fifteen-year-old honor student from Puerto Rico with aspirations to become the first Puerto Rican surfer to qualify in the ASP Women’s World Championship Tour. Due to Jolari’s economic situation, she has been not been able to afford a coach or travel to the events she needs to in order to one day reach her dream. Jolari was able to travel to Nicaragua in 2013 for the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship and said it was an excellent experience. With the help of the ISA Scholarship, Jolari is going to be able to have more excellent experiences. “I am sure you will hear my name, JOLARI, in the near future,” if you haven't already.
    • Andrea Martinez-Puerto Rico

      Andrea Martinez is a nine-year-old Puerto Rican with big dreams. Out of all Andrea’s talents she is the best at surfing and she knows that she has what it takes to be a good surfer. Andrea is able to maintain good grades while still making sure to surf everyday. With the help of the ISA Scholarship and Andrea’s determination, we expect to see her achieve her wildest dreams.
    • Ntando Msibi- South Africa

      According to sixteen-year-old Ntando Msibi, “surfing is my school." Orphaned at a young age, Ntando was taken in by the people of Umthombo and was taught how to surf. Ntando didn’t have the privilege to attend a real school until the age of twelve. He was able to learn from his surfing peers as well as his fellow competitors at surfing contests. The people around Ntando have told him that he can be a champion if he surfs in all of the competitions, yet with Ntando’s economic situation, this has been impossible. With the help of the ISA Scholarship Ntando will be able to get one step closer to his dream of being apart of the South African team.
    • Caitlin October – South Africa

      Caitlin October is a fourteen-year-old surfer from South Africa. She has recently earned a place to, once again, represent the Western Province Team in the 2013 National Junior Surfing Contest held in Jeffery’s Bay. Unfortunately, Caitlin has been affected by racial segregation by the apartheid system but with the help of Surfing South Africa, she is trying to bridge the racial gap in the surfing community. When Caitlin isn’t surfing, she enjoys scouting activities, dancing, attending church, and spending time with her friends.
    • Kalani de Silva- Spain

      Kalani de Silva has been surfing since he was three years old. Kalani was born in Argentina, learned to surf in Brazil, and now resides in Fuerteventura, Spain. When Kalani was ten years old, he took his surfing to a new level and started traveling to events. Now fifteen years old, Kalani is determined to achieve his goals so he goes to the gym three times a week, takes swimming lessons twice a week, as well as attends school everyday that he is not traveling for surfing competitions. This year was Kalani’s first year competing in ASP Pro Junior events in Northern Spain. He hopes in the coming year to compete in all of the Pro Junior contests throughout Europe and to compete in some of the WQS events in the Canary Islands.
    • Karelle Poppke- Tahiti

      Karelle Popple first began surfing eight years ago in her district of Papeno'o in Tahiti. She is now fifteen years old and has competed in every surfing category ranging from Women, Junior, Longboard, StandUp Paddle, Bodyboard, and Kneeboard. She idolizes fellow Tahitian, Michel Bourez, and desires to represent her country as well as becoming the first Tahitian recognized among the best women surfers. Despite her busy surfing schedule, Karelle remains very passionate about her studies. She wants to prove to the whole world that Tahiti has great surfing potential which needs to be developed and recognized internationally.
    • Peckett William- Tahiti

      Peckett William is very enthusiastic about competing internationally. In years past he has competed in two of the ISA World Junior Surfing Championships. Peckett is sixteen years old and desires to continue to expand his surfing potential by traveling from Tahiti to places all over the world.
    • Tuna Yigit Konukcu- Turkey

      Tuna Yigit Konukcu is an aspiring nine-year-old surfer. The President of the Turkish American Sports Club says “Tuna, which means “Tuna Fish” is apart of the water life”. Due to Tuna’s financial situation, he has been unable to purchase a board to help improve his surfing. With the help of the ISA, Tuna will be able to purchase a board and set new goals for his surfing career.
    • Nicolas Sardi- Venezuela

      Nicolas Sardi always puts family first and gives surf lessons and surf rentals to help out with house hold expenses. He is fifteen years old and
      has been surfing for five years. Nicolas aspires to use the funding from this scholarship to learn English, pay for international surf competitions, buy a surfboard, and improve his education so he can study at a university.
  • 2012

    • Liam Taylor , Australia

      Liam Taylor began surfing at the age of ten while on vacation in Queensland, Australia. Currently, Liam attends Kings College in Reedy Creek and every chance he gets he is surfing. When Liam gets older he would ultimately like to become a professional surfer “just like Mick Fanning”, but Liam is also interested in a career in the Navy protecting his country.
    • Caelum Blandford, Barbados

      Caelum Blandford had always watched and admired his dad and step dad surfing. At the age of six, Caelum picked up the sport and ever since then his passion for it has and continues to grow. When Caelum grows up he isn’t exactly sure what he wants to do but he knows “for sure it has to involve the ocean.” Aside from surfing, Caelum likes to help those in need by participating in a cross country run for the Breast Cancer Charity, as well as a local Christian Surfing event for handicapped kids.
    • Danilo Cerda, Chile

      Danilo Cerda has been surfing since he was eight years old. He enjoyes the sport because he loves the water and the laid back feeling of surfing. When Danilo grows up hopes to become a professional surfer and travel the world. Danilo tries to surf as much he can with school and chores, but he always makes makes it a priority to get a good night’s rest and lives by his fathers motto, “A good athlete needs a good night’s sleep.”
    • Javiera Veliz, Chile

      With the encouragement of her father and the beautiful waves in her hometown, Javiera Veliz, was drawn to surfing at a young age. Javiera’s achievements in surfing are not only because of her physical skills but also her remarkable responsibility, discipline and perseverance. When Javiera grows up she would like to continue to surf as well as travel and learn about new waves.
    • Esteban Josue Fernandez Matamoros, Costa Rica

      Growing up in a surf town, Esteban Josue Fernandez Matamoros, was drawn to surfing. When Esteban was eight years old his mother allowed him to start surfing and ever since that that is all he can think about. Esteban strives to become a professional surfer as well as a surf instructor when he grows up. When there aren’t waves for Esteban to surf, he enjoys spending his time playing soccer, riding his bike, or watching surf videos.

    • Jyothi M. Bangera, India

      Jyothi M. Bangera always puts her family first. Jyothi is new to the sport of surfing and has only been surfing since January of 2012. Surfing to Jyothi is more than just a hobby, but to her it is a representation of a bright future for herself and her family. When Jyothi grows up she would like to become a better surfer so she can represent and help save her country of India.
    • Samuel Marabici, Italy

      Samuel Marabici strives to become a more complete athlete. When there aren’t waves for Samuel to surf, he is either studying or staying active by windsurfing, skim boarding, or skateboarding. Samuel believes that in order to achieve his goal of becoming more complete athlete he not only has to be good at surfing but also needs to learn to speak English and obtain a proper education.
    • Javaun Brown, Jamaica

      Javaun Brown has always admired the older boys and their surfing skills. When Javaun was nine years old he taught himself to surf. Surfing is just one of Javaun’s hobbies. He also participates in football, cricket, and cadet. When Javaun grows up he would like to be a professional surfer as well as a soldier or a mechanical engineer.
    • Nick Robinson, Jamaica

      Nick Robinson is a student at Donald Quarry High School and his favorite subjects are Biology and Mathematics. Nick is a part of a very supportive family and whenever he can he likes to spend time with his family, especially at the beach. When Nick grows up he would like to become a Physical Education Teacher so he can continue to take part in sports as well as work with children.

    • Paswayne Douglas, Jamaica

      When Paswayne Douglas was just four years old he learned to surf. When Paswayne isn’t at school studying his favorite subject of mathematics he is surfing with his idol, the man who taught him to surf. In the future Paswayne hopes to become a soldier so he can protect his country.
    • Armani Green, Jamaica

      Armani Green saw the joy and happiness that surfing brought to surfers, so at the age of ten he decided to join in on the fun. Ever since that day, Armani hasn’t been able to get enough surfing. He loves “the feeling of gliding across the water.” Armani would love to become a professional surfer and travel the world making money doing what he loves to do. He also aspires to be a doctor so he will be able to help to keep people healthy and safe.
    • Carlos Dominguez Cervantes, Mexico

      Carlos Dominguez Cervantes strives to be a professional surfer, but also understands how important his education is. Carlos is very family oriented and strives to help them in any way he can. Even with his family on his mind, Carlos still makes time to surf and go to school.
    • Phillip Seidler, Namibia

      Phillip Seidler's father taught him to surf when he was five years old in the warm waters of South Africa. When Phillip isn’t surfing he is competing on the Namibian swimming team or in open water swims. Phillip considers the ocean his playground, even though the waters and weather in Namibia aren’t the best. He is constantly being push by himself, as well as his friends and family, to further his limits to surf bigger and harder waves.
    • Dayna Story, New Zealand

      Dayna Story has been surfing for fun since she was ten years old and joined the competitive circuit when she was eleven. Other than surfing, Dayna excels in school in the subjects of Music and English. Every night she either plays the piano, guitar, or sings as well as keeping up with her other studies. Dayna isn’t sure what she wants to do when she grows up but she would ultimately like to continue to pursue her passion for surfing.
    • Waretini Wano, New Zealand

      Waretini Wano from the age of four has had the “surfing bug”. He shares this hobby not only with his friends but also his family. Waretini’s family encourages him to “live the dream” and “be what you dream to be”. This year Waretini has been chosen to be the perfect/leader for his high school and has also been selected for the NZ Junior National Team. In the future Waretini hopes to become a great surfing like many of his idols and also to teach others to surf. Waretini is very thankful for the positive role models in his life and would like to be that for children who aren't as fortunate as he has been.
    • Luis Angel Arroyo, Panama

      Luis Angel Arroyo started surfing when he was four years old. His passion and talent has earned him a spot on many podiums as well as a position on a surfing team for two years. When Luis isn’t surfing he is focusing his education. It is important to Luis to keep a balance between surfing and school.
    • Monica Munn, Panama

      Monica Munn has a passion for competing. She began surfing when she was eleven years old and hopes to continue to do so in the future. When Monica isn’t surfing she is going to school. She has always enjoyed reading and sports. Monica’s main priorities are her education and her surfing.
    • Estephani Tello, Peru

      Estephani Tello has been surfing since she was eleven years old and has been participating professionally since 2009. When Estephani grows up she would like to become a world champion surfer, like her idol, Sofia Mulanovich. Estephani would also like to travel the world and learn about other countries, as well as work on her English. She also hopes to further her education with a degree in Economics.
    • Nikita Avdeev, Russia

      Nikita Avdeev has been surfing since he was six years old. The day after his first surf lesson he told him mom that he “was born to ride the waves”. Nikita was invited to the Russian Surf Contest in 2011, and won first place in the junior category. When Nikita isn’t surfing he is either at school, doing homework, skateboarding, or playing chess. Nikita hopes to become a surfing world champion when he grows up. In the future he also would like to further the development of the surfing, skating and chess industries in his home country of Russia.
    • Simo Mkhize, South Africa

      Simo Mkhize has been surfing since he was eight years old. He won his first surf competition in Durban at the age of eleven. In 2011, which Simo claims to be his best year ever, he had a big year in surfing. Some of his surfing accomplishments in 2011 were his selection as a reserve for the National Junior Team and being chosen for The South African Junior Invitational Team. When Simo isn’t surfing he is attended school and hopes to someday become a lawyer.
    • Brandon Benjamin, South Africa

      Brandon Benjamin’s passion for surfing began at the age of ten. Brandon is a very dedicated and hardworking surfer. He is out surfing any chance he gets and is always “the first one in and the last one out”. Brandon started surfing competitively when he was eleven and a year later won an U16 event which gave him the confidence he needed to continue to succeed. His dream is to become a World Champion surfer and ultimately give back to his community by teaching others how to surf.
    • Colby Stanley, Spain

      Colby Stanley is one busy surfer. This year he qualified for the Spanish National Final, in Asturias and also competed in the VOLCOM OFM where he earned himself an invite to next year’s competition. When Colby isn’t surfing, he is studying, at the skate park, watching surfing videos, or listening to music. In the future Colby would like to be a physical education teacher or a graphic designer.
    • Melodie Bohny Traynor, Spain

      At a young age, Melodie Bhony Traynor and her family moved to Fuerteventura from Ireland because of the sunshine and beautiful weather. Melodie has been surfing for about four years now, but within the last two years she has taken her surfing and her training to another level. Melodie claims that she always challenges herself in all ways. Surfing isn’t Melodie’s only hobby, she also plays guitar and composes her own songs. When she grows up she would like to be a professional surfer and participate in the ASP.
    • Elton John, Trinidad & Tobago

      Elton John was given the opportunity two years ago to take surfing lessons on the weekends and ever since then surfing is all he wants to do. Elton is currently a member of the Junior Surfing Group of Trinidad and Tobago. When Elton isn’t surfing he enjoys hunting with his brothers, going to school and helping out at home. In the future Elton hopes to become a policeman so he can help and stop some of the problems that are affecting his village.
    • Jyiell Lewis, Trinidad & Tobago

      Jyiell Lewis always admired his older brother and his surfing abilities. Jyiell secretly started surfing at the age of seven but once his brother found out, Jyiell was encouraged to follow his dream. His dream is to traveling and surf the world. Jyiell always makes sure that whatever hardships are thrown his way, he will never give up without a fight. In the future Jyiell would like to teach younger children how to surf and allow them to have better opportunities in life.
    • Elenna Erkeneff, United States

      Elenna (Lulu) Erkeneff has been surfing for eleven years and has successfully found a way to create balance in her life between school, friends, family, and competitive surfing. She has competed in both long boarding and short boarding competitions. Currently, Elena is focusing on become a better competitor and learning to ride any kind of surfboard. When Elenna isn’t surfing she is focusing on her studies, spending time with her friends and family, or helping out with the Surfrider Foundation. With Elenna’s plans to further her education her fascination with the ocean has driven her to want pursue a degree in environmental science or marine biology.
    • Francisco Morosini, Uruguay

      Francisco Morosini’s main priorities are surfing and school. Francisco hopes to continue to do well in surfing and in his studies. His surfing dreams this year are to participate in WINGS and hopefully place high enough to participate, again, in the ISA World Junior Championships.
  • 2011

    • Tobias Ortells, Argentina

      Tobias Ortells has been surfing as much as he can ever since a family friend introduced him to the sport when he was nine years old. When Tobias grows up he would like to continue his education and travel the world. His surfing dreams include becoming a Latin surf champion, an Argentinean champion, and to be in the Top 100 WQS.
    • Jack Murray, Australia

      Jack Murray has loved the sport since the first day his father took him surfing. His favorite wave is Uluwata but his dream is to surf at Desert Point, Lombok. When Jack isn’t surfing he is attending school, skateboarding or snow skiing (season permitting).
    • Kelly Norris, Australia

      Kelly Norris has been surfing since the age of seven when his family was on holiday and his dad pushed him onto the board. Ever since that day he has loved it. Kelly took his passion for surfing to the competitive circuit when he was eleven years old. When Kelly isn’t surfing he is staying active by skating, wakeboarding, and playing tennis. Kelly’s dream as a surfer is to be on the world tour and be in the top 10.
    • Chelsea Roett, Barbados

      Chelsea Roett started surfing at the age of four on her bodyboard. She would compete with her friends for who could stand and ride the longest wave, and has been surfing ever since.In 2005, Chelsea took her surfing to a new level and started competing. That year she made the Barbados Junior Team, and it inspired her to become a better surfer by perfecting her maneuvers. When Chelsea isn’t surfing she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, as well as interior decorating and playing the drums.
    • Irons Burgos, Ecuador

      When Irons Burgos was six years old he learned to surf at his father’s surf school. Irons’ surfing dream are to become a professional surfer and to be the first Ecuadorian World Champion in the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship and in the ASP Championships. He would like to one day be able to go to and surf at all the famous beaches in the world such as: Hawaii, California, South Africa, and France.
    • William Dansey, Fiji

      William Dansey’s passion for surfing started from the first wave he stood up on in Taunovo. From that day he has been surfing anywhere and anything he can. His surfing dreams include opening the first ISA certified surf school in Fiji, as well as owning a surf shop. When William isn’t surfing he is partaking in one of his many other hobbies: basketball, skating, singing, playing guitar, fire dancing, drawing and teaching his pastor’s son how to play rugby.
    • Louis Baltazar Fears, France

      Louis Baltazar Fears started surfing because his Dad surfed and has been hooked ever since. His surfing dream is to be a world champion and surf in Mexico. Louis’ favorite waves are Hossegor waves because they can either be really good barrels or long waves. When Louis isn’t surfing, he is either skating or skiing.
    • Jaide Lowe, Great Britain

      Jaide Lowe’s father surfs and shared his passion for the sport with his daughter. Jaide has had many accomplishments since she started competing. She finished 1st place in numerous events from Volcom VQS, Ripcurl Grom Search, and the National Trust series. Jaide also made the quarterfinals in the Ripcurl Pro Juniors Euro Finals. Jaide dreams to one day surf in Indonesia. When Jaide isn’t surfing she enjoys swimming, skateboarding, as well as hanging out and watching movies with her sisters.
    • Mario Vega, Guatemala

      Mario Vega has been surfing competitively since he was ten years old. His surfing dreams are to be a world renowned surfer. Mario is a part of the Guatemala Surfing Association where he has had the opportunity to travel to places both inside and outside of his home country of Guatemala. Mario’s other hobbies include running, which gives him energy, and playing football.
    • Gai Sato, Japan

      Gai Sato wanted to be like his brother, and when he saw him getting on a surf board he wanted to start surfing. He realized his passion for surfing when he was eight years old. Since then the best result that Gai has achieved in surfing competitions was fourth in the Haleiwa International Open in 2011. Gia’s surfing goals include becoming a grand champion in JPSA (Japan Pro Surfing Association) as well as surfing in Mentawai, Indonesia.
    • Minato Takahashi, Japan

      Minato Takahashi admiration for his father was what drove him to first start bodyboarding. His passion moved into the realm of surfing and ever since then he has been learning to surf at a surf school. Minato would like to become a surfer who people enjoy watching surf. Ever since Minato watched the final of ASP Quiksilver Pro 2011 in Ericeira Portugal, this surf spot has been on his wish list.
    • Jelle de Roode, Netherlands

      Jelle de Roodes was literally pushed into the waves when he was five years old. He first started out on a bodyboard but moved up to a longboard shortly after learning. Jelle’s surfing dream is to be Dutch Champion. He also dreams about surfing in Bali. Jelle has never been to Bali, but has heard that they have good waves there. When Jelle isn’t surfing he enjoys hanging out with his friends and playing socce
    • Aaron Ernesto Gomez Selva, Nicaragua

      Curiosity is what drew Aaron Ernesto Gomez Selva to the sport of surfing. Aaron hopes that in the future he can become a nationally recognized surfer, and also pursue his studies to become someone who can help make his community better. He would ultimately like to have a successful, professional career in the administration of hotel and tourism enterprises. Aaron also dreams to one day surf the beaches of San Diego, California.
    • Milton Bladimir Aguilar Quintanilla, Nicaragua

      Milton Bladimri Aguilar Quintanilla was drawn to the sport of surfing at the age of twelve when he was mesmerized by the other surfers. Milton enjoys surfing so much, but getting a hold of board is very difficult. He claims that when the waves are good and you don’t have a board, it is horrible. Unfortunately, where Milton lives there are very little resources for his surfing career. Milton hopes to better his families’ economic situation by studying hospitality and tourism. When Milton isn’t surfing, he enjoys going to the river, playing soccer, fishing and helping out his parents.
    • Juninho Urica, Peru

      Juninho Urica followed in his older brother’s footsteps and picked up the sport of surfing. He started surfing at the age of five, but decided when he was thirteen to take his career to a new level and compete in more national and international events. Juninho’s surfing dreams include being on the WTC and surfing the perfect tubes of Indonesia. Juninho understands how difficult it will be to achieve his dreams, but he believes that with support “everything is possible”.
    • Jorge Luis Gutierrez, Peru

      Jorge Luis Guiterrez’s love for surfing started out when his friend bought him a boogie board. Ever since that day Jorge’s daily routine includes skating to the beach to check out the waves and then surfing until he has to attend school in the afternoons. Jorge’s surfing dream is to travel the world in search of the best waves. One of the surf spots that Jorge would like to surf is Chicama, Peru.
    • Niki Luksic Druskovic, Slovenia

      When Niki Luksic Druskovic started surfing at the age of eleven, she was the youngest surfer in Slovenia. After finishing high school, Niki plans on studying medicine, preferably near the ocean so she can still surf. Niki would like for her country, as well as the surfers from Slovenia, to be better known throughout the world. The waves that Niki dreams to surf are all around the world. She would like to take a world surf trip that would include Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Hawaii and South America.
    • Brandon Benjamin, South Africa

      With the support and help from Robin De Kock of Surfing South Africa, Brandon Benjamin understood that if he worked hard enough, his hobby of surfing could become a career. Brandon aspires to one day become World Champion and starting a community surfing organization to help and teach surfing to underprivileged kids. When Brandon isn’t surfing, he enjoys cycling, skating, and playing the drums.
    • Marchall Reans, South Africa

      Marchall Reans started surfing in 2008, and with the support of the J’Bay Surf Club he has been given the opportunity to compete in provincial and national surfing trials and events. Marchall’s surfing dreams are to become a professional surfer and travel the world to compete at the best surfing breaks. His dreams outside of surfing are to become a lawyer so he can provide a better life for himself and his family. When Marchall isn’t surfing he likes to skateboard and play soccer with his fellow surf club members.
    • Nahir Aylen Manduca, Spain

      Nahir Aylen Manduca has been surfing on and off since he was eight years old. When Nahir was twelve, he started to take his surfing more seriously and began to train as well as compete. Nahir dreams to become the best surfer in the world, as well as work in the field of marine biology and help animals. When Nahir isn’t surfing, he enjoys doing acrobatics with fabrics, skateboarding, diving, fishing, tennis, and many other sports, as well as spending time with his family and friends.
    • Panu Wisetsombat, Thailand

      Panu Wisetsombat was taught how to surf by his mother, but now the roles have reversed and the student has become the teacher. Panu’s dream is to be able to surf all around the globe at world class surfing destinations, especially Bali and Australia. His highest result in surfing competitions thus far was 1st place in the Rip Curl Grom Search 2010. When Panu isn’t surfing, he is skateboarding, scuba diving, or performing what he calls a fire show for tourists.
    • Mary-Townsend Bourque, United States

      Mary-Townsend Bourque claims that she was “out of the womb and into the water”. MT has been dragging her father to go surfing with her for as long as she can remember, and is still doing it to this day. In the future MT would like to be a famous singer/song writer and surfer/philanthropist, but if those don’t work out she would like to be a physical therapist. MT would describe herself as a good surfer but her home state of South Carolina doesn’t have the most consistent waves, so she yearns to have the opportunity to travel and compete in places with consistently suitable waves.
    • Maddie Swayne, United States

      Maddie Swayne started surfing when she first moved to California at a young age. Currently Maddie is attending college at University of Southern California (USC) and pursuing a degree in Environmental Science. Maddie’s dream is to graduate from USC and ultimately have a career in an industry that is a mixture of her passions for knowledge and surfing. When Maddie isn’t at school she is surfing any free opportunity she gets. If for some reason she can’t go surfing, she enjoys spending time with her friends or being outdoors hiking, backpacking, kayaking or even just laying on the grass.
    • Francisco Morosini, Uruguay

      Francisco Morosini has been surfing for fun since the age of five, and started his competitive career when he was just seven years old. He hopes to be able to experience other waves and interact with other surfers all over the world. When Francisco isn’t surfing, he is either at school, playing guitar, swimming, or cooking. His dreams are to be a professional surfer, travel, learn English and Portuguese, and become a chef.
    • Franwil Vento, Venezuela

      Franwil Vento has been surfing since he was eleven years old. Franwil wanted to surf so badly that he sold his bike so he could purchase his first surf board. Surfing is Franwil’s life! He is always in the water, either surfing or making sure that his beach is taken care of, through local beach clean-ups. Franwil has had the opportunity to compete in many local competitions, but his dream is to be able to travel to new places and compete outside of his home country of Venezuela. Despite not having an abundance of resources, Franwil has many goals and big dreams he is striving to achieve in the future.
  • 2010

    • Benjamin de Castro, Angola

      Benjamin de Castro has been surfing since he was eleven years old when he moved to South African from Angola. Benjamin claims to love surfing because he is good at it. He has participated in competitions against the SA National team, as well as the team from Reunion. When Benjamin grows up he would like to own his own surf shop and surf school.
    • Roger Vuuanza, Angola

      Surfing is Roger Vuuanza’s life. He claims that everything he does has something to do with surfing. Roger and his family moved to South Africa from Angola to have a better life. Roger is very thankful for what his mother has done for him and his family, and he would ultimately like to help her out. When Roger grows up he would like to continue his education and study Sports Science. His surfing dreams include participating and doing well in more competitions and to set an example by being a role model for younger surfers.
    • Ana Martina Gainza, Argentina

      Ana Martina Gainza started surfing because it is a mixture of her two passions: sports and the beach. When Ana isn’t at school or studying English, she is surfing any chance she gets. In the summers Ana works to make money so she can compete in surfing competitions. She has previously participated in the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship that were held in Ecuador and the ISA World Surfing Games that were held in France. When Ana grows up she would like to study more languages and photography.
    • Tobias Ortells, Argentina

      Tobias Ortells and his family both have a shared understanding of his passion for the sea and how happy surfing makes him. Tobias has been surfing for over eight years and despite the cold waters at his local surfing beach, he still tries to suit up and surf any chance he can get. His family is very supportive of his surfing dreams. His father is always there for him at all of his tournaments and workouts, as well as through all the high points and low points that come with competition and life in general.
    • Belko Contreras, Chile

      Belko Contreras has been surfing since he was twelve years old. At first he just started with a used board he received as a gift but later developed a passion for long boarding. Belko describes long boarding as a combination of “the classics with the radical”. When Belko realized his passion for long boarding, he dedicated himself to more rigorous training which incorporates practicing yoga, meditation, swimming, weightlifting and much more to help better his surfing overall. Belko aspires to study nutrition and dietetics and eventually work in a hospital setting so he can help people as well as finance his other dreams.
    • Jean Carlos Mendez, Costa Rica

      Jean Carlos Mendez hasn’t been surfing for very long, but ever since he started he has excelled exponentially. From all of his hard work and dedication, Jean Carlos is now a member of the national circuit. Jean Carlos knows that the probability of becoming the best surfer in the world is very small, so in the future he would like to become a dentist. With the understanding that surfing may not be career path, Jean Carlos will always live with surfing in his heart.
    • Cesar Reyes, Ecuador

      Cesar Reyes started pursing his passion for surfing when he was twelve years old. Cesar discovered the sport and instantly fell in love with it the first time he saw a group of surfers surf the waves of San Mateo. He originally started surfing on an old body board but when that broke he was given of an old surf board and began to realize his potential. Since that day Cesar has participated on a Surfing Contest Tour for schools of Manta and he has placed first in all three tournaments. When Cesar grows up he would like to become and Agronomic Engineer and own a farm in the rainforest while protecting the environment.
    • Tassy Swallow, Great Britain

      Tassy Swallow has been surfing since she was eight years old and is now sharing her passion with her younger siblings by teaching them to surf. Tassy has received a Sports Leadership qualification so that she can run a project along side with a surf school that will help disadvantaged women from local centers for single parents and victims of domestic violence, and help with young women who were referred as part of a healthy living intuitive. Another honor that Tassy has received is that she has been selected to join the South West Regional Talent Support Programme by the University of Bath. With this honor, not only has her surfing progressed but it has also given her a direction for her future educational goals. Tassy hopes to study psychology at Truro College as well as doing a Sport Excellence diploma.
    • Armani Green, Jamaica

      Armani Green has been surfing since he was ten years old. School is very important to Armani so he makes sure to get all of his homework done before he is able to go surfing. When Armani isn’t surfing he plays football (soccer) with his brother and other surfers from the Jamnesia surf club or he is practicing his dance moves. Armani aspires to one day become a doctor. He really enjoys helping people and by being a doctor he feels that he can keep people health and safe. Armani would also like to become a professional surfer so he can travel the world, make money doing what he loves, and be able to represent his country and his sponsors.
    • Ronald Hastings, Jamaica

      Ronald Hastings has been surfing since he was seven years old. Ronald dreams of becoming a professional surfer where he is given the opportunity to travel the world and compete with other surfers. If Ronald isn’t able to become a professional surfer he would like to become a soldier so he can help defend and keep his country safe.
    • Naomi Kabayashi, Japan

      Naomi Kabayashi rode his first wave on the nose of a surfboard when he was only a year old. Not until he was five years old was he able to ride a short board on his own. Naomi has also been passionate and respectful of the sea. When he was in Kindergarten he received the nickname “the doctor of the sea” because he knew so much about the sea. After every time Naomi surfs, he makes sure to thank and respect the sea so he bows. Ever since Naomi’s first surfing competition, when he was in 5th grade, he decided he is going to be a winner in the future and everyday is continuing to pursue that dream.
    • Hussain Rasheed, Maldives

      Hussain is proud to call himself a Maldivian. He was taught by his brother at the age of thirteen how to surf. Even though his country consists of 98% water and attractive surf breaks most teenage and young Maldivian’s participate in land sports. Hussain’s surfing dreams are to become the number one ranked surfer in his country and to win a medal in an international competition. Another dream that Hussain has for his future is to educate the people of his community about surfing by teaching others to surf as well as having other surf related programs visible in his community.
    • Carlos Cervantes, Mexico

      Ever since Carlos Cervantes was a young child, he and his family would go down to the beach and watch people surf. It wasn’t until years later that Carlos was able to access a surfboard and begin to explore his passion for surfing. Carlos and his brother try to surf as often as they can but when they are unable to, they stay active by running to the boardwalk or skateboarding. When Carlos grows up, his dream is to own a surf shop with his brother.
    • Mahorahora McLeod, New Zealand

      Before Mahorahora McLeod started surfing two years ago his dream was to become a professional league player, but now he wants to be a professional surfer. Mahorahora is a part of the Taranaki under 15’s Touch and Taranaki Under 14’s league, but enjoys surfing much more and is practicing whenever he gets the chance. When there aren’t any waves to surf Mahorahora is on his skateboard practices his maneuvers. Mahorahora knows that in order to reach his life dreams he must “go the distance to get the rewards”.
    • Jean Carlos Gonzales, Panama

      Jean Carlos Gonzales lives in the small village of Saint Catalina which has the best surfing waves in Panama. Jean Carlos currently holds the 2nd position in the National Circuit of Surfing in the junior category and he also has represented his home country of Panama with high finishes in events such as Bolivarianos of Surfing in Ecuador. With the ISA scholarship Jean Carlos plans on putting the money towards school, tournaments, trainings, trips and to improve his quality of life.
    • Miluska Tello, Peru

      Miluska Tello started surfing at the age of 11. She has recently becoming a part of the National Championship of Surfing in the U16 category. Miluska’s surfing dreams are to become a world champion surfer like her idol Sofía Mulanovich. She also aspires to continue her education at a University where she hopes to study Business Administration. During a normal week Miluska has to distribute her time between school, her chores, and surfing but when the weekend comes she spends 100% of her time surfing.
    • Juninho Urcia, Peru

      Juninho Urcia’s surfing and educational dreams have been furthered with the help of the ISA Scholarship. Not only is Juninho receiving high marks in school and being a role model for the other students but he is also participating at a very competitive level in his surfing career. Some of Juninho’s achievements in 2009 were the National Champion in the Under 14 Division in two competitions and 4th place in the Latin American event Juegos Bolivarianos, Salinas, Ecuador. Juninho aspires to continue to participate in national events as well as start competing in ALAS (Latin American Surfing Association) events to eventually end up competing in the WCT.
    • Mamadou Mbengue, Senegal

      Mamadou Mbengue was nominated for this scholarship by Fédération Sénégalaise de Surf for his outstanding characteristics such as his respect and his motivation. The ISA scholarship will help Mamadou to improve his grades and excel in surfing and to the top of the podiums in future competitions. Mamadou and the Fédération Sénégalaise are committed and are working in the direction of the ISA motto, “For a Better Surfing Future”.
    • Papi Makanyane, South Africa

      When Papi Makanyane started surfing in 2005 he turned his back on all other sports and focused on “the best sport in the world”. Last year Papi was invited to the SA trials for the SA Junior Team and despite not making it he tried he knows that he tried his hardest. Papi’s surfing dream is to become a pro surfer. He also hopes to continue his education and go to college to study sports marketing. Papi is “determined to be the best that he can be and never give up”.
    • Jarred Veldhuis, South Africa

      Jarred Veldhuis has been surfing since his first wave at the age of six. With the help and support of Jarred’s parents he has become a PST competitor and started to surf the SSA circuit with all the local contests such as Billabongs, Quicksilver KOG, Volkom and Ripcurl. Jarred has made the National Team and is very honored and proud to represent his country in the Quicksilver ISA World Junior Championships in New Zealand in 2010. His future goal is to become a professional surfer and surf the WQS and hopefully qualify for the WCT. As Jarred is working towards that goal he is furthering his education and would ultimately like to become a professional chef.
    • Donghoon Kim, South Korea

      Donghoon Kim started surfing in 2008 when he and some of his friends decided to sign up for the afterschool activity. Until that date Donghoon hadn’t found any other outdoor activities he enjoyed now he spends more time outside “for a ride in the sea”. Donghoon and his mother agree that having something that he is passionate about is very important because it keeps him focused on life. Donghoon’s dream is to someday become the best Korean surfer.
    • Colby Stanley, Spain

      When Colby Stanley was around eight years old he developed his passion for surfing while partaking in a summer course. That first summer he spent every day in the water and traveled to a new beach every morning. After that summer Colby was hooked. When Colby and his friends aren’t able to surf due to lack of waves, they are staying active by playing tennis or football. In the future Colby hopes to continue his education and attain a degree in Sports.
    • Ian Ross Schweden, Trinidad & Tobago

      Ian Ross Schweden started surfing when he was eight years old. He really enjoys partaking in the contests and surfing the big waves. Ian is now trying to expand his surfing knowledge by obtaining a better understanding of the different branches of surfing. In the future Ian would like to have a career on the sea. Ian is deciding between getting his captain license so he can sail boats around the Caribbean and taking the necessary steps to receive his helicopter license.
    • Marissa Shaw, United States

      Marissa Shaw has always seen the beach as her playground but didn’t realize her hidden talent for surfing until six years ago. Ever since that day Marissa has continued to improve her new found passion for surfing and has made the finals in NSSA Nationals, anchoring for her high school surf team as well as getting close to making the Pac Sun USA Surf Team. Other than surfing, Marissa plans to continue her education and pursue another one of her hobbies, emergency medicine. When Marissa isn’t surfing she is focusing on school or working one of her two jobs as a State beach lifeguard and a City pool lifeguard. The water truly is Marissa’s playground.
    • Nicolas Bulla, Venezuela

      Nicolas Bulla was draw to standing on a board, to create equilibrium and slide with the wave when he was thirteen years old. Leading up to Nicolas’s first surfing experience he tried other sports but none seemed to spark his interest like surfing did. Nicolas claims that when he stood up on his first wave he “had found what was mine, surfing”. In the future Nicolas intends to become a professional surfer and study photography and art.
  • 2009

    • Brian Masmut, Argentina

    • Martín Carricart, Argentina

    • Joaquín Castanon, Argentina

    • Dominic Reisch, Australia

    • Amiya Doyle, Australia

    • Ametza Nicholls, Barbados

    • Jade Niccols, Barbados

    • Jordan Heaselgrave, Barbados

    • Victor Bernardo, Brazil

    • Isaac Norman, Canada

    • Tomás Villegas, Chile

    • Camilo Hernández, Chile

    • Manuel Mesen, Costa Rica

    • Alberto Muñoz, Costa Rica

    • Carlos Muñoz, Costa Rica

    • Roberto Rodriguez, Ecuador

    • Brandon García, Guatemala

    • Fredy Morales, Guatemala

    • Henry Rivera, Guatemala

    • Garren Pryce, Jamaica

    • Leon McKenzie, Jamaica

    • Nao Omura, Japan

    • Arashi Kato, Japan

    • Aman Ashraf, Maldives

    • Itzel García, Mexico

    • Jayda Martin Fitzharris, New Zealand

    • Joaquín del Castillo, Perú

    • Juninho Urcia, Perú

    • Miguel Tudela, Perú

    • Pedro Alcobia, Portugal

    • Christian Rivera, Puerto Rico

    • Brandon Benjamin, South Africa

    • Bright Ntuli, South Africa

    • Khaye Ngcobo, South Africa

    • Lucía Martino, Spain

    • Darío Jordan, Trinidad

    • James Philips, Trinidad

    • Christian Arballo, United States

    • Demi Boelsteri, United States

    • Federico Longo, Uruguay

  • 2008

    • Brain Masmut, Argentina

    • Martin Carricart, Argentina

    • Ametza Nicholls, Barbados

    • Chelsea Tauch, Barbados

    • Isaac Norman, Canada

    • Tomas Villegas,Chile

    • Howard Andres Gomez, Columbia

    • Alberto Munoz, Costa Rica

    • Carlos Munoz, Costa Rica

    • Angel Compres, Dominican Republic

    • Eduar Santana, Dominican Republic

    • David Villaroel, Ecuador

    • Fredy Morales, Guatemala

    • Holly Donnelly, Great Britain

    • Ackeam Phillips, Jamaica

    • Nao Umura, Japan

    • Juninho Urcio, Peru

    • Bertie Stuurman, South Africa

    • Juan Mateos, Spain

    • Monyca Byrne-Wickey, United States

  • 2007

    • Guillermo Satt, Chile

    • Diego Vargas Silva, Ecuador

    • Imani Wilmot, Jamica

    • Juninho Urcia, Peru

    • Lungani Memani, South Africa