The Lithuanian Surfing Association took a huge step forward for the development of surfing in Lithuania by hosting their first ISA Coaching and Instructing Courses from August 13-20, 2017. The ISA Courses were carried out by ISA Course Presenter Andy Joyce from the UK.
Twenty-two students from Lithuania, Latvia and Russia were involved in an intensive week of back-to-back ISA Courses including the ISA Judging Course, ISA/ILS International Surf + SUP Instructor Aquatic Rescue and Safety Course, ISA Surf Level 1, and ISA Flat Water SUP Instructor Courses. The courses were delivered in Klaipeda, Lithuania and the participants had an opportunity to progress their coaching hours with the public attending the “Surf Camp” festival at Preila on the Curonian Spit over the weekend following the course.
ISA Course Presenter Andy Joyce said:
“The ISA Courses in Lithuania were an amazing experience, the students got to practice what they’d learned on the courses right after, reinforcing the theory with practical experience. Lithuania is a wonderful place with a real sense of community and some fun waves! I was stoked to be able to surf 3 or 4 times in the Baltic summer!”
In addition to running the courses, Andy worked with developing Girmantas Neniškis as an ISA Course Presenter to run the ISA courses for Lithuania in the future.
“I’ve been involved in surfing development in Lithuania since the very beginning,” said Neniškis. “I am very happy to see the new opportunities that have opened up with the Olympic recognition of our sport. It is amazing to see our judges and coaches meet international standards and join the global ISA family.”
For more information on surfing in Lithuania, click here.
To for information on ISA courses, including schedule, locations, and different certifications, click here.
The International Surfing Association (ISA), founded in 1964, is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. The ISA governs and defines Surfing as Shortboard, Longboard & Bodyboarding, StandUp Paddle (SUP) Racing and Surfing, Bodysurfing, Wakesurfing, and all other wave riding activities on any type of waves, and on flat water using wave riding equipment. The ISA crowned its first Men’s and Women’s World Champions in 1964. It crowned the first Big Wave World Champion in 1965; World Junior Champion in 1980; World Kneeboard Champions in 1982; World Longboard Surfing and World Bodyboard Champions in 1988; World Tandem Surfing Champions in 2006; World Masters Champions in 2007; and World StandUp Paddle (SUP, both surfing and racing) and Paddleboard Champions in 2012.
ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 104 countries on five continents. Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California. It is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (Argentina), first elected President in 1994 in Rio de Janeiro. The ISA’s four Vice-Presidents are Karín Sierralta (PER), Kirsty Coventry (ZIM), Casper Steinfath (DEN) and Barbara Kendall (NZL).