Judging & Officiating

Judging and Officiating Development Program Overview

The ISA Judging & Officiating Development Program is a comprehensive educational program that has been identified by leading sporting organizations as the worlds’ best educational practice in the development of quality accredited surfing officials.

This Program is the result of 15 years of research and development, and is designed to compliment all ISA Development Programs for the benefit of all ISA member nations.

The number of countries who partner with the ISA in worldwide judging development continues to grow as many National Governing Bodies (NGBs) come to realize the importance of the parallel development of the Judges and Officials for the sport.

The ISA Judging Course and registration fees are budgeted to provide a financial return to all NGB’s involved in preparation, administration and delivery of the program. Ongoing consultancy support is available to initiate and develop the programs upon request.

ISA Judging and Officiating Accreditation Courses

The ISA is committed to the continued success of surfing as a sport worldwide and recognizes the need for a standardized accreditation course for sport officials. The quality and credibility of every competition hinges on the education of our officials. A globally standardized education program for Judges ensures that the athletes receive identical feedback on their performance regardless of the place of competition.

ISA Judging & Officiating Courses are conducted regularly throughout the year in locations around the world. To find a complete schedule of these courses click here.

The ISA Judges Registration Program

All judges that complete the ISA Judging & Officiating Accreditation Course are registered as ISA International Judges. All accredited and registered Judges are eligible to officiate at all ISA events and for NGB’s at their sanctioned events.

All ISA Judges are registered on the ISA International Judge’s Register for 1 year and will receive newsletters and the official ISA International Judges’ Identification card for the current calendar year.

To maintain International accreditation and registration, each Judge is required to pay a NGB renewal fee each calendar year. This can be managed and administered by each NGB.