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!

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ISA Ambassadors

  • 2014

    • Sebbih Abdelhak- Algeria

      Seventeen-year-old Sebbih Abdelhak is eager to expand his training and he dreams of traveling to get surf lessons overseas. With the 2014 ISA Scholarship Award, Sebbih will purchase a new wetsuit and a surfboard so he can practice more often using his own equipment. He aspires to compete to make his surf community and his nation proud. Additionally, Sebbih desires to continue his studies and would love to get a college degree, which for him would be the ultimate reward.

    • Belabbes-nabi Amine- Algeria

      Belabbes-nabi Amine is a member of the Djazair Surf Club in Algeria where he trains rigorously to improve his surfing. He hopes to gain a sponsorship for surfing one day, so he can use his funds towards education, instead of having to buy surf equipment. Belabbes-nabi tackles every assignment with dedication and a smile and dreams of completing his college studies. He plans to use his 2014 ISA Scholarship Award to purchase surf equipment and would like to use the funds to further his education.
    • Oughideni Mohamed- Algeria

      Oughideni Mohamed is an eighteen-year-old surfer from Algeria. He has trained for several years at the Djazair Surf Club and hopes to be noticed by future sponsors so that he can continue his dream of traveling and surfing overseas. Oughideni is dedicated to using his funds to pursue his education and to improve his surfing so he can one day compete at an international level. He is highly motivated and his peers and mentors speak very highly of his dedication and love for the sport of surfing.
    • Bianca Schipani- Argentina

      Thirteen-year-old Biana Schipani is a two-time ISA Scholarship Award Recipient. Bianca trains three times a day to strengthen her maneuvers and accomplish her dreams of being the first woman in her category to complete an air. Her coach exclaims that, "She is always eager to learn, is constantly smiling, very motivated, and has much respect regarding for the sea and the conditions." She will use her 2014 ISA Scholarship Award to continue her training and hopes to one day represent Argentina in an ISA World Championship.
    • Kauê Germano- Brazil

      The 2013 ISA Scholarship Award gave twelve-year-old Kauê Germano the opportunity to pay the entry fees for his state and national tours. Over the year, Kauê has significantly improved his competition results and will continue to do so with the funding from the 2014 ISA Scholarship Award. By the end of 2015, he aspires to finish in the elite group of Under-14 Brazilian surfers.
    • Vinícius Leme Parra- Brazil

      As a recipient of the 2013 ISA Scholarship, Vinícius Parra used his award to compete in the Sao Paulo State Federation Tour and the Rip Curl Grom Search. Vinícius expanded his competition experience and will continue to do so with the 2014 ISA Scholarship Award. He dreams of one day representing Brazil in the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship.
    • Amaya Merino- Chile

      Amaya Merino began surfing four years ago in Chile. Now at age seventeen, Amaya is ranked 10th in her country of Chile and desires to continue to train and improve her fitness level. She is passionate about traveling and hopes to one day travel overseas to surf new waves, experience new cultures, and meet new people. In her words, she would love to use the ISA Scholarship to "open doors in life".
    • Diego Elias Cabezas Vidal- Chile

      Diego Elias Cabezas Vidal is only ten years young and has already received national exposure from one of the largest surf magazines in Chile. Diego displays tremendous discipline as he goes to bed early each night, wakes up first thing in the morning to train, and studies hard during the week to ensure he has time to surf on the weekend. He is motivated, responsible, and tremendously passionate. Keep your eyes peeled for this young up and comer!
    • Josefina Vidueira- Chile

      Fifteen-year-old Josefina has grown up surfing Wolf Point, Pichilemu, with her five brothers. This year, Josefina will be progressing her skills by surfing Punta de Lobos, a larger and more demanding wave. With rigorous training, she hopes to represent the Chilean National Team at the 2015 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship.
    • Edgardo Herazo- Colombia

      When Edgardo Herazo is not in school, you can find him either training at his local beach to improve his surfing skills, or studying to further his education. He studies each night to keep organized and on top of his school work because he knows the importance of a good education. Edgardo will be using the 2014 ISA Scholarship Award to complete his high school studies and to get himself a new bodyboard.
    • Jawer Hurtado- Colombia

      Seventeen-year-old Jawer is a role model for future generations of Colombian surfers. His passion for school and surfing is unparalleled and he is always eager to learn. Despite financial difficulties, Jawer has remained in second place of the national circuit. With the help of the 2014 ISA Scholarship, Jawer will be able to support his family and further his surfing aspirations.
    • Santiago Nakogui Barro- Colombia

      Santiago is a member of the Wiwa indigenous community based in the mountains of Northern Colombia. After a year of being an ISA Ambassador, Santiago has been able to successfully stay in school where he was able to improve his Spanish speaking and writing. Santiago was also able to achieve excellent results in local and national competitions and will continue to do so with the financial support of the 2014 ISA Scholarship Award. The funds will also be used to pay for transportation, food, and uniforms for school.
    • Juan José Vélez Vargas- Colombia

      As an outstanding student and an avid surfer, Juan José dreams to one day surf Hawaii. Juan knows how to dream big, as he strives to become the world’s best surfer and also a music star. Juan had to learn how to surf standing on a bodyboard, but thanks to the ISA Scholarship, he will be able to buy a surfboard in order to chase his dream.
    • Axel Castro Bolivar- Costa Rica

      Axel Castro Bolivar is only nine years old, but dreams big! He aspires to be the National Grom Champion of Costa Rica, then he would like to go on to win the National Open Championship, and eventually he would like to train hard to be a future world champion. With the ISA Scholarship Award he will use the funds to compete in eight national surfing events, get himself some new surfing equipment, and use the rest of the funds on his education.
    • Esteban Chaves Morua- Costa Rica

      Thanks to his first year as an ISA Scholarship winner in 2013, Esteban was able to give a great push to his surfing career by being able to compete in the Costa Rican National Championships. This is the first step in following his dream to becoming a professional surfer. Esteban is a proud ambassador for the ISA and understands the importance of a good education and a college degree. He enjoys meeting new people through surfing competitions and aspires to represent his nation.
    • LiaRoan Reyes- Costa Rica

      LiaRoan Reyes is in third grade, but is well beyond her years. Her first language is Spanish, however she speaks, reads, and writes English fluently. Not only is she an avid surfer that believes surfing should be fun and not stressful, but she also represents her school by participating on the swim team and the track team. According to LiaRoan, "I honor the people that believe in me. I am confident the ISA Scholarship will give me the opportunity to develop my talent, so I can represent my province, my country and the ISA with pride."
    • Braulio Brito- Dominican Republic

      At eleven years old, Braulio Brito was given a bodyboard. He quickly learned to stand up on the bodyboard and fell in love with surfing. Braulio also takes his studying very seriously and and aspires to obtain a law degree in the future. He is very close with his family and enjoys surfing when there are waves.
    • Santiago Joel Bowen Alcívar- Ecuador

      Santiago Joel Bowen is fifteen years old and his major passions are bodyboarding and school. He wants to be able to focus on both his bodyboarding skills and his studies, while avoiding falling into bad habits that affect many youth. He dreams of the possibility to represent his country one day by being a proud ambassador for the ISA.
    • Daniel Felipe Flores Oliveros- Ecuador

      Surfing runs in Daniel Flores’ family. Through the years, his parents have supported his passion; however, he has been unable to grow to his full potential without the funds to compete in many national and international competitions. With the help of the 2014 ISA Scholarship Award, Daniel will be able to buy new school equipment and be able to compete in surf competitions, where he dreams of making his family and his nation proud.
    • Esnaider Alfredo Parrales Zambrano- Ecuador

      Esnaider Alfredo Parrales Zambrano is currently competing on Ecuador’s National Junior Circuit. However, he has been unable to attend many events, which is restraining his progress as a competitive athlete. The ISA Scholarship will not only help ease the economic burden of Esneider's education, but it will also help with traveling expenses for upcoming competitions. Esnaider takes pride in his surfing and looks forward to representing the ISA.
    • Narvi Rokete- Fiji

      Narvi Rokete is currently attending the Fiji Surfing Association Nippers program on a weekly basis and he enjoys sharing his passion for the sea by teaching younger surfers what he has learned. In addition to surfing, Narvi competes in the competitive rugby union at his school. With the 2014 ISA Scholarship, Narvi plans on putting the money towards surfing equipment, his education, tournaments, transportation to the waves,and helping other Fijian youth with their surfing development.
    • Timoci Tomeru- Fiji

      Timoci Tomeru is a young and motivated surfer from Fiji who enjoys meeting other surfers from around the world. He is a dedicated student who puts his education first, but enjoys surfing the near-by break three or four times a week. Timoci aims to harness his skills and would like to one day and become the best surfer in Fiji. Ticomi plans to use the 2014 ISA Scholarship for surf equipment and for boat transportation to get to some of the waves at the outer reefs.
    • Momodou Lamin Saine- The Gambia

      The Gambia’s most dominant sport is soccer and Momodou Lamine Saine is an active participant, but when he started surfing, he realized that he found his new passion. Momodou would like to help develop the sport of surfing in his country and dreams of representing The Gambia at major international surfing events. He prides himself on being an ambassador for the ISA and is very grateful for the 2014 ISA Scholarship opportunity.
    • Fatou Ndong- The Gambia

      Since Fatou Ndong discovered surfing she knew it was “her thing”. She would love to see surfing become an Olympic Sport and dreams of represent her country. Fatou prides herself in becoming an ambassador for her nation and role model to her peers. Surfing makes her happy and keeps her healthy. She is proud to share the sport with her friends and the other youth of her community.
    • Kebba Sarr- The Gambia

      Kebba Sarr, a thirteen-year-old surfer from The Gambia, dreams of one day representing his country in the Olympics. He lives in a village close to the beach with nice waves to progress his surfing; however, he currently lacks the equipment to do so. The 2014 ISA Scholarship will provide Kebba with a surfboard and allow him to continue his education. Kebba looks forward to developing her surfing skills and doing well in school so she can make her family and her community proud.
    • Lilly von Treuenfels- Germany

      Lilly von Treuenfels is an ambitious fifteen-year-old surfer. She was born in South Africa, but lives in Germany and prides herself in being one of a handful of girls that are surfing in Germany. She learned to surf in 2009 during a long stay in Barbados and she was immediately hooked. Since then she has become part of the German National Surf Team and has competed at the World Junior Surfing Championships in Ecuador. Lilly is very passionate about ocean conservation and protecting our beaches. Additionally, she has written a book about learning to surf and has been featured on national television As an ISA Ambassador she would like to make surfing more popular in Germany and spread the word about protecting the coastlines.
    • Emmanuel Ansah- Ghana

      Emmanuel Ansah is seventeen years old and comes from a small village on the west coast of Ghana called Busua. Emmanuel loves surfing and tries to surf 2-3 hours every day. He has participated in local competitions and won several of them. The 2014 ISA Scholarship will give him the chance to continue his education while improving his surfing abilities. In his words he says that, "I would be very happy if I was given the 2014 ISA Scholarship because it would give me a chance to get a good education so that I can get a good job and also help my family. I am also going to continue to improve my surfing so I can train younger surfers in the future."
    • Emmanuel Koomson- Ghana

      Thirteen-year-old Emmanuel Koomson has never owned his own surfboard. He originally learned to surf on a board that he borrowed from a European tourist and he has progressed his surfing by riding surfboards that he borrows from a local surf shop in exchange for cleaning their shop front. He recently surprised local Ghanaian surfers when he placed 2nd in a local competition on a borrowed board. Emmanuel is a dedicated student and is focused on moving forward with his education and his surfing.
    • Anthony Rabbi Hemans- Ghana

      Anthony Rabbi Hemans started surfing thanks to his Uncle Peter who would push him into the waves in the warm waters of Busua. Anthony wants to become a professional surfer and one of the best in the world. When there aren’t waves for Anthony to surf, he enjoys spending his time studying and helping out fellow classmates with their school work.
    • Lester Alexis Hernandez- Guatemala

      Being an active competitive surfer in his country for almost three years, fourteen-year-old Lester Hernandez has shown great performance and participated in as many surf competitions as possible. Lester’s peers recognize him for his good behavior, teamwork, and hard-working attitude. His passion for surfing has developed in him a competitive edge that has helped him to excel academically and in other sports. The 2014 ISA Scholarship will help him to keep improving his education and continue participating in surf events.
    • José Franklin Marroquín Oquelí- Guatemala

      Ten-year-old Jose Marroquin Oqueli, is a hard working student. He does his best at school to make his mother proud and honor her efforts to pay for his attendance. He really enjoys surfing and is excited to be able to further his efforts in both school and surfing with the help of the 2014 ISA scholarship.
    • José Manuel Orozco Lopez- Guatemala

      Jose Orozco Lopez is a seventeen-year-old surfer from Guatemala. He has competed in as many surf competitions as possible, including the Guatemalan National Championship for the past two years. Jose has a great interest in surfing and the 2014 ISA Scholarship will aid in the continued improvement of his education and competitive surfing.
    • Sabina Chinantya Anzaltha- Indonesia

      Hailing from Tangeran, Indonesia, a city without quality local surf breaks, eighteen-year-old Sabina Chinantya Anzaltha has made consistent effort to improve her surfing. On the weekends when Sabina does not have exams to study for, she goes to the beach to practice. With the aid of the 2014 ISA Scholarship, she will be able to continue training and improving her surfing skills while also reducing the costs for her family. Sabina also plans to donate some of her 2014 ISA Scholarship money to a local surf organization.
    • Iyan Herdiyanto- Indonesia

      Iyan Herdiyanto is a sixteen-year-old Indonesian surfer from the Southeastern coast of Java. Iyan began surfing when he was only eight years old with the help of his older brother Didin Hermawan. He currently gets support for his education and surfing from SPORA, the School of Water Sports and Safety in Pangandaran. The 2014 ISA Scholarship will help this local surfer compete in Indonesian contests, upgrade his education, and support his family.
    • Vijin Fernandas- India

      Fifteen-year-old, Vijin Fernandas comes from a small town in Kenia, India. Despite coming from a difficult background, Vijin has an incredible drive for learning, surfing, and having fun. As one of the top surfers in the Kovalam Surf Club, Vijn serves as a role model for all the surfers in his community. Vijn’s determination and no-nonsense approach of charging big waves will create many opportunities for him in the future. While he would love to make a living out of surfing, he also has big dreams to do Computer Studies as this will create many future opportunities in his country.
    • Sakunthala Hanumanthapa- India

      Fourteen-year-old Sakunthala Hanumanthapa has overcome many obstacles as the only female surfer in the Kovalam Surf Club. Saku, as her friends know her, is breaking down boundaries and acting as a role model for other girls to begin surfing. She has big ambitions to become a fashion designer and plans to use the 2014 ISA Scholarship to continue surfing and pursue her fashion dreams.
    • Kivins Pushpalilly Jerof- India

      Eighteen-year-old Kivins Pushpalilly is an outstanding person, surfer, and student. He has been surfing for over nine years with the support of the Kovalam Surf Club and has show tremendous talent in and out in the water. He is also a straight-A student and at the top of his class. The 2014 ISA Scholarship will aid Kivins in his engineering studies at university and help him to continue to develop as a surfer and role model in his community.
    • Vinaykrishan Dansinghani- Jamaica

      Vinay, as his friends call him, really loves science because he gets to learn about nature and the sea, especially in biology. As a fourteen-year-old surfer, Vinay would like to be the best surfer in Jamaica and if he can, the entire Caribbean. “When I get older I would want to add value to my dad’s eco-tourist park and then join the pro tour and be a professional surfer.”
    • Sneha Nair- Jamaica

      As a 13 year-old student/surfer, Sneha has big plans for her life. “In the future my aspiration is to become a world renowned astrophysicist”, she said. Sneha’s source of inspiration for surfing are Bethany Hamilton and her surf coach, from whom she has learned that surfing is more than just riding waves. She wants to be a role model for her friends and especially to her seven year-old little brother. The ISA Scholarship Program will help her achieve her goals.
    • Nick Robinson- Jamaica

      Nick Robinson was introduced to his favorite sport of surfing when he was seven years old. From this young age, his father instilled in him a sense of commitment and a value for education. Nick, now seventeen years old, is about to enter his 12th grade year of school and plans to use the 2014 ISA Scholarship to pay for his increased school expenses. After finishing all of his homework, Nick loves to go surfing with his friends and relax his mind.
    • Shatwain Wright- Jamaica

      Shatwain Wright, nicknamed “Pookie” by his peers, is a fourteen-year-old Jamaican surfer who is a leader in his community. He has a passion for sports and outside of surfing he participates in football, basketball, and lacrosse. Pookie leaves his mark wherever he goes and has learned that a healthy balance of surfing, education, and chores around the home are essential to building his character. The 2014 ISA Scholarship will assist Shatwain’s family to pay for his surfing and schooling and be an incentive for him to keep up the good work.
    • Yuki Nakashio- Japan

      Yuki is sixteen years old. After the tsunami tragedy in Japan, he and his family moved to Chiba Ichinomia, the prime surfing area of Japan. Yuki started surfing at the age of seven at his hometown Sendai, but when he arrived at his new town he realized how much work would take to excel at surfing. He is very organized and is already working on a plan to achieve his goal of becoming a pro surfer. The 2014 ISA Scholarship Program will help him cope with his training and coaching expenses.
    • Irene Armstron- Liberia

      Irene Armstrong is one of the first female surfers of Liberia. She has competed in the Liberian Surfing Championships for the last few years and really loves the sport. Irene is a great surfing ambassador; she’s been encouraging all her friends to start surfing. With the ISA Scholarship Program’s aid Irene would be able to continue improving her education, and pursue her dream of becoming a nurse.
    • Otu Commey- Liberia

      Otu Commey is sixteen years old and is an up and coming surfer from Liberia. He really wants to improve his surfing and use his surfing as a tool to get an education. He is currently in 9th grade and wants to graduate from high school and go to college in Monrovia. With the ISA Scholarship Program’s aid, Otu will strive to meet all his goals due to his drive and will to achieve his objectives.
    • Morris M. Gross- Liberia

      Morris saw his friends surfing a couple years ago. He borrowed a board and learned very quickly. Surfing brings joy to his life and allows him to express himself in new ways. As he said “Surfing has changed my life and I hope it will bring me opportunities in the future to teach surf lessons and make surfboards. I want finish school and become a successful man, and I believe surfing will help me get there.”
    • Esther Teah- Liberia

      Esther strives to continue her educated, finish high school, and attend a university to help her brother and the surf club she belongs to. “I surf on the weekends when I am not in school, and I encourage my friends to surf with me. Surfing has changed my life and I hope it will bring me more opportunities in the future to travel and surf nation-wide.” At sixteen years of age, she puts her education first and hopes for a better future.
    • Mariyam Lam-ath Ibrahim- Maldives

      Mariyam is one of the few female surfers from the island of Male. When Mariyam scored well on an exam, her parents rewarded her by enrolling her in Malhu Surf School. In her words, "The feeling of happiness that I get through surfing cannot be described." The passion was instant. The 2014 ISA Scholarship will give Mariyam the financial means to continue her education and the means to continue excelling in her new passion.
    • Ayshan Mohamed- Maldives

      Ayshan is from the Maldives. She is twelve years old and has been encouraged by her family members to get involved in water sports since she was a little kid. Furthermore, Ayshan has been a member of the inter-school swimming team since 2011. The ISA Scholarship Program is a motivation for her to keep up the good work both in waters ports and in school.
    • Joshua Estrada- Mexico

      Joshua lives in Rosarito, Mexico. At eleven years of age, he already has competed in several tournaments. Joshua is also a member of the volleyball team and is very committed to sports. The 2014 ISA Scholarship will help him to continue improving his education and surfing skills.
    • Luis Rey Hernandez Contreras- Mexico

      Luis started surfing when he was eight years old at Revolcadero Beach in Guerrero, Mexico. He began surfing with the help of a friend and a local shaper. Since then, he has participated in several contests and championships. Luis’s father used to be a surfer in the 80’s, and has been a big support for him. The 2014 ISA Scholarship will be a source of further motivation for him on his way to success.
    • Jose Manuel Lopez Gonzalez- Mexico

      Jose Manuel is an eighteen-year-old surfer from Ensenada, Mexico. He loves math because he likes to work hard to solve problems. In 2012, Jose Manuel was the State Junior Champion and went to the National Championships. “I truly appreciate to have this unique opportunity in order to continue in my studies and my favorite sport of surfing.” He said.Jose aspires to be a civil engineer and build a career in naval construction while continuing to further his surfing future. The 2014 ISA Scholarship will help him achieve those goals.
    • Valeria Peconi- Mexico

      At fourteen years of age, Valeria works hard to balance, home shores, school duties, and surfing in her life. “I love school and my goal is very clear. I want to go and represent my country on the next ISA World Junior World Championship,” said Valeria. She recognizes that education will give her the opportunity to let her community know that surfing has been a good influence for her.
    • Nikolai Hof- Namibia

      Seventeen-year-old Namibian surfer Nikolai Hof has found many adventures and challenges out in the ocean. By giving his best at everything he does, Nikolai has excelled in bodyboarding, fist ball, and whatever he’s set his mind to. Living in Swakopmund, Namibia, he is surrounded by a plethora of waves including the infamous Skeleton Bay where Nikolai has logged a quality amount of time in the barrel. When he finishes school in Namibia, Nikolai plans to study in Cape Town and continue his surfing adventure there. Getting surf equipment in Namibia is often difficult due to the high import costs and the 2014 ISA Scholarship will help Nikolai buy new equipment and charge more waves.
    • Sören Kintscher- Namibia

      Seven-year-old triplet, Sören Kintscher, is the third part of a Namibian super-grom surfing trio. Along with his brothers Lars and Nils (2013 ISA Scholarship Recipient), Sören loves the fact that he has grown up close to the coast and learned to surf at a young age. He desires to attend regular surfing lessons with his brothers so that they can progress their surfing and enjoy special moments together in the ocean. Sören dreams of someday “catching the tunnel waves at Donkey Bay.”
    • David Adeyemi- Nigeria

      David Adeyemi is eighteen years old and is considered a very good surfer in his community. He needs the 2014 ISA Scholarship's financial aid to be able to receive a good education, and help cover the expenses of becoming a professional surfer. David aspires to become the best surfer in Africa.
    • Seun Williams Blessing- Nigeria

      Seun Williams Blessing, a sevententeen-year-old surfer form Lago, Nigeria, is considered the “queen of surfing in her community.” Appropriately given her last name, Seun is a “Blessing” to the people of her community and loves teaching others the sport that she loves. She is a mentor for the youth and a proud ambassador for Nigerian Surfing. The 2014 ISA Scholarship will help her to pay for school and continued surf lessons.
    • Omololu Emmanuel Smith- Nigeria

      Omololu is eighteen years old, and wants to be able to teach all his friends and the people of his community how surfing can change lives. He is very smart, his teacher and friends refer to him as “genius”. With the aid of the 2014 ISA Scholarship, Omololu will have the opportunity to keep pursuing his personal objectives.
    • Aimee Brown- New Zealand

      Fourteen year-old Aimee just moved away from her family to attend school in Auckland, New Zealand. She is very keen on sports and has been surfing for several years. When she is at her house in the Great Barrier, she goes surfing every opportunity that she has. With the 2014 ISA Scholarship, she will be able to keep improving her education and surfing skills.
    • Lourdes Gabriela Elizondo- Panama

      Lourdes is now fifteen years old and lives in the town of Playa Santa Catalina, Panama. At age thirteen, Lourdes was fortunate to represent Team Panama in the 2013 ISA Junior World Surfing Championships. Lourdes says, “I look forward to the opportunity and responsibility of becoming an official ‘ISA Scholarship Ambassador’.” The 2014 ISA Scholarship will help her ease the financial load of school on her parents, so she can keep participating in national and international events.
    • Jose Luis Rodriguez Navarro- Panama

      Jose Luis is eighteen years old and wants to be awarded with the 2014 ISA Scholarship so he can complete the last stages of the national circuit and the Discovering Surfing Talent Circuit taking place in Panama. Jose plans on spending the 2014 ISA Scholarship funds on school transportation, nutrition, contest expenses, and surfing gear.
    • Walter Jose Blas Rodriguez- Peru

      Growing up in Huanchaco, Peru, a town blessed with rich ties to the sea and innate surfing talent, seventeen-year-old Walter Blas Rodriguez naturally came to love the ocean and surfing. He learned to surf when he was ten years old on a broken old board with the help of a local surf school. At age thirteen, Walter won his first contest which began his passion for competitive surfing. He currently aspires to compete in both national and international competitions with the help of the 2014 ISA Scholarship funds. Walter currently holds a job in a local surf school and helps mentor and train underprivileged kids who are in the same situation that he was.
    • Gonzalo Nicolas Torres Ramos- Peru

      Gonzalo enjoys surfing in his home break in the city of Punta Negra, Peru. The eleven year-old grom fell in love with the sport since the moment he first tried it. Nowadays, Gonzalo considers surfing his life. Struggling with a medical condition has not stopped him from paddling out for surfing. The 2014 ISA Scholarship will be one more contribution to Gonzalo’s well being by allowing him to keep practicing the sport he loves.
    • Jaro Conradie-Phiri- South Africa

      Hailing from the cold waters of Cape Town, South Africa, fourteen-year-old Jaro Conradie has a hard time imagining his life without surfing. He is an avid free surfer and this year he won his first U16 surf contest, the 2014 South African Grommet Games in Port Elizabeth. Training hard has improved Jaro’s confidence and he recently represented the Western Province at the South African Championships in October. The 2014 ISA Scholarship will help Jaro continue to compete in contests across South Africa, as well as help him to pay for his education. At his school, he also plays cricket and is involved in community projects.
    • Joshe Faulkner- South Africa

      If you are looking for fifteen-year-old South African surfer Joshe Faulkner, you are more than likely to find him in the water at Kitchen Windows in Jeffrey’s Bay. Growing up in Pellsrus, a township a stone’s throw away from the world’s premier right-hand pointbreak of Jeffrey’s Bay, Joshe’s backhand surfing and humble attitude are an inspiration and an example to members of his community. Joshe’s surfing has given him hope and the opportunity to rise above his circumstances and achieve a better life. Filled with nervous excitement, Joshe got an airplane for the first time this year and traveled to Ecuador to represent South Africa at the 2014 ISA World Junior Surfing Championships. This opportunity expanded his worldview and gave him a desire to push his surfing and education further, which will be enhanced by the 2014 ISA Scholarship.
    • Paci Irumva- South Africa

      Eighteen-year-old South African surfer Paci Irumva is very grateful for the impact that the sport of surfing has had on his life. When his brother’s friend introduced him to surfing, he fell in love with the ocean and it changed the direction his life was heading. Able to avoid the negative influences of drugs and crime, Paci has excelled in the water with his focus and determination. He is a natural athlete, competing in seven different sports in school. The 2014 ISA Scholarship will allow him to purchase his own surfboard and wetsuit and follow his wild dream of becoming a professional surfer.
    • Ntando Msibi- South Africa

      Seventeen-year-old South African surfer Ntando Msibi has seen incredible transformation in his life through the sport of surfing. Orphaned at a young age and growing up on the streets in Durban, he was mentored and taught to surf by the Surfers Not Street Children organization. Ntando left South Africa for the first time in his life to compete in the 2014 ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in Ecuador with the help of the 2013 ISA Scholarship. Receiving the ISA Scholarship in 2014 will further Ntando’s development as a student, a surfer, and an inspiration to others.
    • Colbert Villanueva Stanley- Spain

      Surfing has been a part of sixteen-year-old Colbert Stanley’s life ever since he caught his first wave when he was eight years old. Living in the Canary Islands, he is blessed with consistently good waves, which has helped his surfing to progress to its current level. The 2014 ISA Scholarship will help purchase a new surfboard and wetsuit so that he can continue to progress his surfing abilities.
    • Elton John- Trinidad & Tobago

      This is Elton John's second time winning the ISA Scholarship Award. Since first being awarded in 2012, Elton has improved his results in school but also knows that he has to work harder and study more. Elton surfs from 3pm to 6pm most evenings after school, and then goes home and do his chores and homework.
    • Daniel Lewis- Trinidad & Tobago

      In 2014, Daniel and his brother Jyiell got the chance to travel to Ecuador to represent Trinidad & Tobago in the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship. With the 2014 ISA Scholarship Award, he plans to improve his surfing and keep up the good work at school.
    • Jyiell Lewis- Trinidad & Tobago

      Jyiell is sixteen years old and lives in a small fishing village in Trinidad called Rampanalgas. He received the ISA scholarship in 2012 and got to travel to Barbados to compete. He says the experience changed his life and the way he sees things around him. Presently he is the Junior National Champion of Trinidad & Tobago.
    • Erkan Yilmaz- Turkey

      Erkan Yilmaz, who’s name translates to “Dolphin”, is a thirteen-year-old surfer from Turkey who loves surfing and the ocean. Erkan desires to buy his own surfboard and wetsuit with the ISA Scholarship so that he can surf on his own and not rely on the equipment of his older surfing friends. With his own gear Erkan will be able to log significantly more time in the water and develop his surfing abilities.
    • Tanner Ford- United States

      Tanner Ford, a fourteen-year-old honor student and up-and-coming surfer from San Diego, CA, has been surfing since he was eight years old. Along with competing in many surf contests, he is also actively involved in the community. He is a member of the Windansea Surf Club and has been involved with multiple other organizations that help kids who are fighting cancer. With the 2014 ISA Scholarship, Tanner plans to achieve a life long dream of traveling to Hawaii to surf and volunteer at the Mauli Ola Foundation where he will help kids with cancer experience the joy of surfing.
    • Delfina Morosini- Uruguay

      Following in her the footsteps of her older brother Francisco, Delfina Morosini has developed a love of surfing and a desire to travel and compete in the sport. As a fourteen-year-old, Delfina won the Women’s Under 18 division on the Uruguayan National Tour but she was unable to compete in the 2014 ISA World Junior Surfing Championships due to lack of funding. Delfina surfs everyday after school with her family and friends and loves to be in the water. She will use the ISA Scholarship to continue competing and further her English studies.
    • Leandro Arteaga- Venezuela

      Leandro Arteaga, a sixteen-year-old surfer from Venezuela who is passionate about both his studies and his surfing. Coming from a family with no father, little income, and a sister with Down Syndrome, the only finance Leandro has is the limited amount that he receives from his grandmother. The 2014 ISA Scholarship will help him travel and compete as well as pay for school materials. Leandro is a top junior surfer and has aspirations to compete on the Latin American Alas Circuit.
    • Oswald Moreno- Venezuela

      Motivated in and out of the water, fifteen-year-old Oswald Moreno is determined to change negative stereotypes of surfing by displaying the positive attributes of the sport. He pursues both his studies and his surfing wholeheartedly and believes that the 2014 ISA Scholarship will help him in this pursuit. With the money from the ISA, he intends not only to buy a new surfboard and accessories, but also to financially support his parents by funding his studies.
  • 2013

    • 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