Cristian Peterson

Country: Argentina

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Glen Elliott

Country: Australia

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Australia and Australasia

Surfing for 35 years and Judging for at least 25 years.

Judging was a natural choice for me, it was a way for me to give back and stay involved with the sport and lifestyle that is such a big part of my life. Being a judge involves a high level of passion and commitment and a belief, that reflects the true values of being a good person – honesty, integrity and tolerance.

15 years ago I realised that there were no development programs of any quality, anywhere. I wanted to create a global judging development program and a network which would reflect the quality and credibility of what is truly needed in judging and at every surfing contest in every country. I know that I cannot do this alone and being involved with the ISA and with the global network of like minded friends and judges we will all achieve this goal together.

Palm Beach, Currumbin Alley Point and Angourie Point.

I love playing golf with my mates, cooking and hanging out with friends and family.

Get involved! Our sport needs teachers and mentors in every aspect, take some responsibility and leave a legacy for the benefit of the future of surfing in your country.

Elvis Carter

Country: Barbados

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The Caribbean region: Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and Barbados.

38 years surfing & 23 years judging.

For the love of the sport.

To continue to educate by presenting the ISA Judging & Officiating Courses.

Soup Bowl, Barbados.

My work is my other hobby. I am a boat captain, and I sail a luxury catamaran along the west coast of Barbados.

I love what the ISA is doing and will continue to work with them towards a better surfing future.

Jordao Bailo Junior

Country: Brazil

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Brazil and other Portuguese speaking Countries.

Surfing for 40 years and Judging for 28 years.

I decided to become a surfing judge even before I started competing (two times amateur state champion), as I used to spend most of my time at the beach just watching the surf and commenting to my friends about the performance of the other surfers. Of course, in order to become a Judge of any sport you have to have a sense of justice and honesty among other qualities. When I realized I already possessed the basic principles to help the sport I love grow, I decided to immerse myself into one of the hardest professions of any sport, to be a judge, and a good one.

I have many goals, one of which is to help surfing judges all over the world to be recognized by their governments as professionals and thus reaping the benefits of this. The other is to participate in the Olympic Games representing my sport. That’s why I fully support the work that’s been done by the ISA; my biggest goal is to see it happen, and I would like to promote this all around the world. I know too that it cannot be done individually, and paraphrasing Glen Elliot (ISA Judging and Officiating Coordinator), being involved with the ISA and their global network of like minded people will help us to achieve this goal faster.

Praia da Joaquina (BRA), Wilderness (PR), Puerto Viejo (PE)

Like any other Brazilian, I play soccer, but traveling and meeting people is my real hobby and passion. I love this almost as much as hanging out with the family.

The common element of every successful sport has been to develop a strong and organized judging program. Now it’s time for Surfing to take its place on the global sporting stage. The ISA works to ensure that surfers can stand next to the most respected organized sports in the world. Be a part of it!!!

Barbie Mayor

Country: Canada

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Juan Pablo "Mono" Barrientos

Country: Chile

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Gustavo Corrales

Country: Costa Rica

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Costa Rica and Central América

Surfing for 17 years and Judging for at least 8 years.

I know that to develop high surfing levels in my country, much depends on the level of professionalism, ethics, honesty and experience of the judges. I love to be one of those responsible for the high level of surfing in my country and I love to see the surfers who deserve to win, because they surf the best and get the trophy.

Get the maximum level of knowledge and experience to be one of the top head judges and travel around the world doing this. And help the most I can the surf community to grow professionally, in my home Costa Rica and Central America, in all aspects.

Playa Hermosa-Jaco and Playa Negra-Guanacaste.

Share the Bible, Outrigger Canoe, Fishing, Soccer…I love to love my family and friends.

This is a great program for everybody involved in the modern surfing world, it gives an academic and scientific approach to surfing maneuvers and other important details and rules of our sport. Besides forming and certifying judges and officials, it is one of the most important investments for those who want to develop the best level and knowledge in competitive surfing, Whether you are a beach marshal, a judge, a competitor, a coach, parent, a sponsor… Want to learn? Come and join us for a course! ??Pura Vida!!!

Byron Yagual De La Rosa

Country: Ecuador

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Bruno Truch

Country: France

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Carla Twelkemeier

Country: Germany

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Bob Freshwater

Country: Great Britain

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Europe / Great Britain

40+ years surfing and 7 years judging.

I began my professional career as a PE teacher and I have been involved in ‘judging’ sports for many years. I started with the floor and vault disciplines in gymnastics for both men and women which lasted for 10 years. My passion for surfing has continued from the time I caught my first wave at the age of eight and remains a major part of my family lifestyle. A desire to remain involved with the sport at the top level led me to the judging chair.

?I wish to be involved with an organization that continues to raise the standards of officiating in the UK and enable all judges to develop their skills and progress from local club contests to national pro/am events. I wish to be involved in the development of competitive surfing at the progressive edge of the sport as limits are pushed and boundaries demolished.

Some of the Moroccan Point Breaks, Bali, Indonesia and Saunton, North Devon,UK.

Rugby Football, travelling, music and walking my dogs.

Hiro Takahashi

Country: Japan

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David Hernandez

Country: Mexico

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MEXICO

30 años de surfear 17 años de juecear 30 years surfing 17 years judging

A principios de los años 90´s organizamos el primer torneo de surf en cancun necesitabamos. JUECES asi que investigamos, nos informamos, preparamos y empezamos a juecear. In the early 90's we organized the first surfing contest in cancun we needed judges for that porpuses, so we investigated, we learn, prepare and started working in that matter.

Aportar los conocimientos y ejecutar el criterio de jueceo al pie de la letra para mejorar el surfing competitivo mexicano, hacer de esto una profecion, disfrutar todas las finales de todos los torneos de surf en todo MEXICO con los colegas, amigos y hermanos. Provide knowledge and execute the judging criteria by the book to improve Mexican competitive surfing, making this a proffesion and enjoy all the finals of all tournaments in MEXICO surounded with colleagues, friends and brothers.

Playa delfines (el mirador) cancun mexico

Lectura que aporte conocimiento interior

ISA tiene que ofrecer un procedimiento para que en un futuro los jueces y oficiales certificados puedan practicar y juecear en los eventos de isa esto seria muy motivante y daria reconocimiento al esfuerzo e interes por ser mejores jueces y oficiales de surf. buenas olas hermanos aloha ISA must provide a procedure for futur, were certifide judges and officials could to practice in ISA events. This would be very motivating and would give recognition to the effort and interest of mexican judges in order to have better judges and officers in surfing. good waves aloha brothers

Lee Ryan

Country: New Zealand

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New Zealand

28 years surfing, 19 years judging.

Originally qualified whilst competing on the ASP WLT to learn the criteria, now I want to use my experience to ensure we get the right result and the best surfer of the day wins the event.

To become a respected judge on the world circuit.

Telos Islands, Indonesia.

Snowboarding, fishing, squash, travel and beer tasting.

Lee worked as a Trainer/Assessor for the British Surfing Association delivering coaching accreditation courses before moving to New Zealand in 2006. He ran a very successful one to one coaching business in the UK and has written an instructional book on longboard surfing –“A Shortcut to Longboarding.” He now passes on his vast experience through his work as the Development Manager for Surfing NZ. Lee has been surfing for 28 years and has numerous titles to his name including 9 British National Longboard titles. Although equally comfortable riding both short and longboards he concentrated on competing on the ASP World Longboard Tour (WLT) for the last 12 years, finishing 9th at the Oxbow World Longboard Champs in Raglan in 2004. He has now hung up his contest singlet and concentrates on the officiating side of the sport. Lee is the head Judge for the majority of events in NZ including the popular Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour. He has also judged the ISA World Games at Piha, NZ in 2010 as well as a number of ASP events including the 2009 World Longboarding Championships in the Maldives, the 2010 Pro Junior in Tahiti and the 2010 Women’s World Tour event in Tarankai.

Ness De Icaza

Country: Panama

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Panama, Republic of Panama

I have been surfing for 27 years and judging and officiating for the last 17 years.

As a Law student first then as a Lawyer I've always been linked to the rules and procedure that govern the different aspects of our lives, so you could say it was natural. But, on the other hand, despite of my passion for surfing, I had never truly dedicated the time needed to stand out in the competitive area, so I thought that in the technical area as judge it would be the best way of being kept involved with the sport, and it was.

Our goal is to learn everything about the best technics in international judging and officiating and being a multiplier factor to all of our Panamanian brothers and sister in surf (kids, competitors, managers, parents, authorities, etc.)

Venao Beach, (I grow my surfing skills there) and Teta Point, both in Panama.

Informal circles of discussion (politics, laws, sports, philosophy, doctrine, etc.), and hanging out with my family and friends.

WORK TOGETHER AS A FUNCTIONAL FAMILY! That’s the key factor. If you can project harmony to the others, you will manage to stimulate and fill them with enthusiasm to be part of it.

Gaetano "Nino" Lauro

Country: Peru

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Peru – Latin America

I have been surfing for the last 39 years and judging for the last 20 years.

I had like two starts; the first one was approximately in 1979 because my university in Peru needed volunteers to work as judges in an internal event. I did not have a clue of what judging was. The second one was approximately in 1990 when I went back to Italy. I was one of the “oldest” surfers in Italy and the local association asked me to help as a judge in the local contests. I started and afterwards I went to the ISA WORLD SURFING GAMES in France in 1992 as the Italian Team Judge. While there, I took my first judging course, I loved the feeling of the event and the work itself and I never stopped. Approximately 9 years ago, after working for 14 years in the automotive industry and 12 years in the clothing surfing industry, I lost my job and at 46 it is very difficult to find another position. I talked with a specialized advisor and he told me to look at the abilities that are very specific to my knowledge. I realized that the world is full of lawyers, accountants’ engineers, but there are not really many surfing judges around the world. I became a full time professional judge and this allowed me to afford my family expenses during the last 8 years. I think that having acquired the judging skills years before was a gift of God.

I have been devoted during the last 16 years preparing new judges and officials in Peru and all around Latin America. I am very proud to have motivated officials and federations to give the importance that this job deserves in countries such as Panama, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, and Guatemala among others. This job makes me feel good and useful, and furthermore, the fact of being surrounded by people in the open nature of many wild beaches all around the world keeps me alive. My goal is to continue making and promoting judging as many years as I can.

Right now, my favorite breaks are Lobitos and Puerto Viejo in Peru and Malibu in Panama. For many years were Punta Rocas, Peñascal and Cabo Blanco in Peru.

I like reading and watching movies in the company of my wife and daughters.

Being a surfing official does not make you popular among people, but can help kids of all conditions to find their way in life as good men. If you like challenges such as riding big waves or making strong vertical maneuvers, maybe you can find a whole life in this challenging activity.

Nino Lauro

Country: Peru

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Peru / Latin America

I have been surfing for the last 41 years, judging for the last 23 years, Head Judging for the last 17 years.

I started in Italy. I went there to work and I was one of the oldest surfers there. They asked me to judge a contest, after I run a course at an ISA World Event and I never stopped.

Continue preparing new judges, Head Judges and Contest Directors in Latin America for many years more.

At the moment Lobitos and Puerto Viejo. For many years before Punta Rocas.

Reading

Judging surfing contest is always a challenge and you neves knows wnen could be a very useful job for you.

Ernie Alvarez

Country: Puerto Rico

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Cyril Nel

Country: South Africa

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South Africa

I started surfing in 1971. I also competed in several National surfing champs. I became involved with judging in 1975, but became very committed since 1997.

I HAVE A LOVE FOR SURFING AND AM VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT JUDGING. I AM GIVING BACK TO THE SPORT THAT HAS GIVEN ME SO MUCH OVER THE YEARS. I ENJOY WORKING WITH THE JUDGING PANEL, MEETING AND MAKING NEW FRIENDS. I WAS ALSO CHAIRMAN OF ASRO (ASSOCIATION OF SURF RIDING OFFICIALS) 1997 – 2007, THIS WAS AN ORGANISATION THAT ALL JUDGING OFFICIALS BELONGED TO. HERE WE DEVELOPED AND TRAINED ASPIRING JUDGES AND HIRED OUT THE JUDGING PANEL FOR SURFING EVENTS.

To identify and develop judges who show a passion and commitment to judging. To make our sport of surfing to be world class.

NAHOON REEF & SEAL POINT.

FISHING AND SHELL COLLECTING

All ISA Members should insist that all surfing judges are ISA accredited. Every Member should buy into this Program, this will contribute to our sport being world class.

Mal Gregson

Country: Thailand

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Thailand, Maldives, Sri Lanka

I have been surfing 50 years and been involved in Surf Administration since 1971

I am a level one and two surf coach

I would like to bring high level expertise to surfers around the world.

The Mentawais

For me it's surf only.

Ester Spearse

Country: United Kingdom

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UK

I’ve been surfing since 1976 and judging since 1988.

To develop the sport.

To ensure the athletes get the right scores.

Thurso, Anchor and Coombesgate

Cooking and fishing.

Rich Pierce

Country: United States

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Erik Krammer

Country: United States

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United States

Surfing for 32 years and Judging for 18 years.

Evolution from being a competitor, wanting better judging for the competitors, guaranteed paycheck at the end of the event, and desire to travel.

Continue to evolve with the sport, give my best to the competitors and judges.

Jeffrey’s Bay, Red Bluff, and home in Oceanside and Saquarema.

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Fluent in English and Portuguese, Permanent Resident of Brazil, Retired after 14 years with ASP WCT/WQS