FERNANDO AGUERRE BIOGRAPHY
Fernando Aguerre was born and raised in the coastal city of Mar del Plata, Argentina. From a very early age Fernando was groomed by his father, a successful attorney and ranch owner and his mother, an attorney and a psychologist to become a lover of the ocean and an entrepreneur. Fernando is proficient in English, Spanish and Portuguese and maintains a basic knowledge of Italian and French. His fluency in language is one of the many traits which lead him to his success in international business and nonprofit organizations.
Fernando had his first taste of becoming an entrepreneur at the age of 12. His brother and longtime friend, Santiago, introduced him to surfing in 1969 which resulted in a passion that shaped the future of surfing in Argentina and the rest of world, and that has since encompassed his whole life. His first business was a surfboard repair shop. During the military dictatorship of the 70’s, in 1977 surfing was banned in his native Mar del Plata. Fernando founded the Argentinean Surfing Association, promoted surfing, and organized the lobbying for the lifting of the ban. He got the ban lifted a few months later, which was followed by a surf boom. He also founded the first surf and skate magazine in Argentina and opened Ala Moana, the first surf and beach clothing store in his hometown of Mar del Plata. The Surfshop evolved into one of the leading beach clothing manufacturers in the country.
In the midst of his surfing career, Fernando entered Law School in 1978. He continued to run the Argentinean Surfing Association and maintained his duties as managing partner of the surf shop while attending law school. In 1984, Fernando completed law school and with a law degree in hand, turned down offers from both his father and friends to join their law firms, resigned as president of the Argentinean Surfing Association and left for California to join his brother, Santiago.
By early 1985, the Aguerre Brothers were into something new – beach sandals. From this modest beginning of a two man, one desk operation with the sale of 3,000 pairs in 1985, the leading surf brand Reef originated, eventually becoming the #1 beach sandal company and one of the leading surf labels in the world. Fernando continued to run Reef as CEO until 2003 and in early 2005, looking for a lifestyle change closer to family, waves and charitable work, the Aguerre brothers sold Reef to VF, the largest apparel company in the world.
In May of 1994, Fernando was elected President of the International Surfing Association. He has been a key player in the recent expansion and promotion of his beloved sport and his passion for surfing has been an inspiration for many surfers around the world. Fernando led the ISA in obtaining recognition by the IOC in 1997.
It is under Fernando’s leadership that the ISA has grown to its current status as the very recognizable and widely respected International Federation for wave riding sports. The ISA sanctions three annual events – the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, Billabong ISA World Surfing Games and ISA World Masters Surfing Championship; and has the following development programs: Adaptive Surfing Program dedicated to the support of surfing for all; a Scholarship Program created to financially support young surfers in need of financial support to further their education and surfing careers; a Coaching & Judging Program to further develop the teaching of surfing; and a Surf School Register dedicated to providing legitimacy to surf schools for the safety of surfers around the world.
Fernando has always been heavily involved in the sport of surfing. In addition to his long term Presidency at the ISA, he co-founded PASA, the Pan American Surfing Association in 1992 which he presided until 2002, when he decided not to run for re-election. He serves in the Senior Advisory Board of Directors for SIMA (www.sima.com), the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association of the United States and as President of the SIMA Humanitarian Fund (the humanitarian arm of the surfing industry). Fernando actively participates as a member of several humanitarian and environmental surf based organizations, always as an unpaid volunteer in search of his dream of a better world.
He’s the father of 16 year old triplets. He continues to surf daily, near his home in La Jolla, California.
(Peru) Vice President
Karin Sierralta was first elected as a Vice President to the ISA in 2008. In 2012, he was re-elected to continue for his second 4-year term on the ISA Executive Committee.
A devoted surfer and competitor since 1980, Karin has been a driving force in the development of professional surfing events as well as the organization of international surfing events throughout Latin America. In 2002, he co-founded ALAS (Latin Pro Tour) and to this day holds the position of Executive President. He has also served as the Executive Director of the Peruvian Surfing Federation, FENTA, since 2008.
As a member of the ISA Executive and technical Committees, Karin works alongside the ISA President, Fernando Aguerre and the other Vice Presidents to grow and expand the footprint of the sport world-wide.
(New Zealand) Vice President
Barbara achieved international recognition by winning New Zealand’s only gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, the first woman in New Zealand to do so for 40 years. She has had an amazing sporting career spanning nearly 25 years and having two young children still didn’t stop her achieving international success.
She is now, 5 Olympics later, an Olympic Gold, Silver and Bronze medalist, has won 4 gold, 5 silver and 2 bronzes at World Championships, NZ sports woman of the year 1996, 1998, 1999, 2002, has been inducted in International Sailings hall of fame, been awarded a MBE for services to windsurfing and most recently awarded the Sport NZ leadership award for 2014.
Currently she is a member of the International Olympic Committee and volunteers her time to sit on 13 different sporting executive boards, commissions or working groups representing New Zealand, Oceania, Woman and Athletes on this highest level of sports administration around the world.
Barbara acts as an ambassador for Health 2000, the New Zealand Olympic Committee and Project litefoot. She is a Patron of the Upside downs Education Trust and the Motutapu Outdoor Education Camp.
In 2013 Barbara completed a double degree in Social Services and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Management. She now manages the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes Career Program in Oceania, which educates athletes and their entourage on transferrable competencies for career and leadership.
Barbara also consults and runs programs with different corporate clients delivering leadership training – including team culture, confidence, sustained performance and self intelligence.
1992 Barcelona – Gold Medal (Lechner Women)
1996 Atlanta – Silver Medal (Mistral Women)
2000 Sydney – Bronze Medal (Mistral Women)
2004 Athens – Fifth (Mistral Women)
2008 Beijing – Sixth (RS:X Women)
World Championship Medals
1985 ISAF Woman’s World Championship, La Rochelle – Bronze Medal
1987 Production World Champion, Sweden – Gold Medal
1990 World Professional Windsurfing Association World tour – Silver Medal
1997 Mistral World Championship, Australia – Bronze Medal
1998 Mistral World Championship, France – Gold Medal
1999 Mistral World Championship, Noumea – Gold Medal
2002 Mistral World Championship, Thailand – Gold Medal
2003 Mistral World Championship, Spain – Silver Medal
2004 Mistral World Championship, Turkey – Silver Medal
2007 RS:X World Championship, Portugal – Silver Medal
2008 RS:X World Championship, New Zealand – Silver Medal
Other Major Achievements
1992 New Zealand Sailor of the Year
1992 Awarded MBE
1996 New Zealand Sports Woman of the Year
1998 New Zealand Sailor of the Year
1998 New Zealand Sports Woman of the Year
1999 New Zealand Sports Woman of the Year
2002 New Zealand Sports Woman of the Year
2007 Inducted into ISAF Sailing Hall of Fame
2010 YNZ life member
2012 Olympic Coach for the Australian Windsurfing team– Athlete placed 11th
2014 Sport New Zealand Leadership Award
(Denmark) Vice President
Casper Steinfath is a 24 year-old surfer and StandUp Paddler from Klitmøller, Denmark. He was elected ISA Vice President at the Annual General Meeting during the 2014 ISA World Surfing Games in Peru.
His ISA accomplishments include:
- 2017 ISA SUP Sprint Gold Medal
- 2017 ISA SUP Technical Race Bronze Medal
- 2016 ISA SUP Sprint Gold Medal
- 2016 ISA SUP Technical Race Gold Medal
- 2015 ISA SUP Technical Race Copper Medal
- 2014 ISA SUP Technical Race Gold Medal
- 2013 ISA SUP Technical Race Gold Medal
- 2013 ISA SUP Distance Race Silver Medal
Other accomplishments include:
- 2014 SUP Race European Champion
- 2013 SUP Race European Champion
- 8X Danish SUP Champion
- 4X Danish Junior Surf Champion
(Zimbabwe) Vice President
Kirsty Coventry is Africa’s most successful Olympian of all time and the top individual female swimmer in Olympic history. She has competed at every Olympic Games from Sydney 2000 to Rio 2016, winning Gold in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. She is also a seven-time World Champion and broke world records on five occasions.
Coventry has been a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since 2013 and sits on the IOC Athletes’ Commission; Olympic Solidarity Commission; Coordination Commission for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020; Olympic Channel Commission; and the Evaluation Commission for the XXXIII Olympiad in 2024.
She is also a member of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa Athletes’ Commission, she is a member of the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee and a Foundation Board Member and Athlete’s Committee Member of the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Coventry was voted in as Vice President at the 2016 Biennial General Meeting at the 2016 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in the Azores Islands of Portugal.
Marcos Bukao has been the ISA Contest Director since 1996. A dedicated surfer since 1970, Marcos has spent the majority of his professional career working in the sport. In 1981 he served as the Santos City (Brazil) Surfing Association President for three years. In 1986 he became the President of the Sao Paulo State Surfing Federation and held that position for 10 years. As a Contest Director he has organized over 160 surfing and SUP events.
A native Brazilian, Marcos is an active surfer, triathlete and mountain biker. As an appointed member of the ISA Executive and Technical Committees he works alongside ISA President Fernando Aguerre and the other committee members to enhance the competitive rules for the sport of surfing, SUP and all other wave riding disciplines.
The ISA Executive Committee is comprised of the ISA President, ISA Executive Director and four Vice Presidents. Its mission is to define ISA strategies and plans of action, “For a Better Surfing Future.” The Executive Committee works with the ISA staff throughout the year to develop future plans.
As of the 2006 ISA Biennial General Meeting, which was held in conjunction with the World Surfing Games in Huntington Beach, California, it was determined that all Executive Committee members will be elected to serve four-year terms, alternating two Vice Presidents to be re-elected every even-numbered year.
At the 2014 ISA Biennial General Meeting, Fernando Aguerre of Argentina was re-elected as President for another four-year term. He was first elected in 1994 during the World Surfing Games, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and is currently serving his eighth consecutive term as President.
As of the 2016 ISA Biennial General Meeting in the Azores, Portugal, the four elected Vice Presidents are Karin Sierralta of Peru, Barbara Kendall of New Zealand, Casper Steinfath of Denmark and Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe.
ISA Executive Director Robert Fasulo has been on the Executive Committee since assuming this position in 2016.
ISA Contest Director, Marcos Carneiro Esmanhoto, also makes up part of the Executive Committee as a non-elected member.
Pictured from left to right: ISA Vice President Casper Steinfath (DEN), ISA Vice President Barbara Kendall (NZL), ISA President Fernando Aguerre (ARG), ISA Vice Presidente Karin Sierralta (PER), and ISA Executive Director Robert Fasulo (USA).