An ISA Judging and Officiating course was held in the town of Santos, on the south coast of the state of São Paulo, on July 3rd, the first Surfing Seminar in Santos.
The event was a success, with the presence of 37 participants, most looking for training in order to start a career as a judge in their association. Also, several regular judges looking for review at a high level, as well as coaches and athletes attended the seminar.
All participants will receive the International Surfing Association – ISA accreditation, and get into the Judging & Officiating Development Program. The program developed by ISA, is now in 44 countries.
The course presenter Jordao Bailo Junior was the first Brazilian judge to work full-time on the ASP World Tour (now WSL). He also has been judging and head judging for the ISA for over 20 years.
ISA courses cover in a didactic way, all judging aspects, from identification of maneuvers to the use of the scoring scale, judging criteria and interference rules, however the use of video exercises on practice of evaluation, comparison and separation of scores can be considered one of the highlights of this course.
Compiled by Australian Glen Elliot and developed in Australia by the University of Deakin with the support of recognized surfing personnel all around the world, this is the most comprehensive and updated course today.
The new judges will now start to practicing, doing simulated judging or judging small local events, in order to attain the necessary experience so they can one day get a place in the judging panel of their local associations and state federations, or even more.
For those of you who are interested in joining the ISA courses in Brazil, stay tuned on the ISA’s official home page calendar.