The International Surfing Association [ISA] has congratulated Fédération Française de Surf [FFS], the French Surfing Federation, as it celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014.
The FFS celebrated this landmark moment in its history by hosting a special beach event for the public in the French coastal city of Biarritz, Côte des Basques – a hugely popular Surfing destination that attracts surfers from all over the world.
People of all ages joined in the celebration event in Biarritz, the place in France where the FFS was founded 50 years ago, with Surfing demonstrations and friendly competitions.
The FFS’ 50th anniversary celebrations will continue through to October when it will host the French Surfing Championships [18 – 26th October] in the town of Hossegor, one of Europe’s most popular Surfing locations. More than 450 Surfing competitors from France and around the world will compete at the Championships and the FFS will also host a special gala dinner to observe the historic occasion.
Offering his congratulations to the FFS, Fernando Aguerre, President of the ISA, said: “As the ISA celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014, it gives me great pleasure to see that French Surfing Federation is also hosting special events to mark this special year.
To celebrate its 50th Anniversary, the French Surfing Federation hosted a special beach event for the public in the French coastal city of Biarritz attended by many French Surfing pioneers, the Mayor of Biarritz Michele Veunac, and multiple ISA World Champion Antoine Delpero.
“I wish to congratulate the French Surfing Federation for their long-standing effort to promote Surfing and spread the spirit of the sport to thousands of people in the nation and beyond. On our journey towards Olympic inclusion, the FFS is a wonderful partner to help our sport grow and we look forward to our ongoing work together to expand Surfing’s positive message values around the world.
“The ISA is proud that we now have 86 National Federations and with Surfing’s growing global popularity we have the momentum to engage more young people who are attracted to the excitement, thrill and youthful vibe of the sport. As Surfing expands to new markets, we can highlight the universality of the sport and its great appeal which means the next 50 years and beyond are going to be very exciting.”
From left to right: Jean-Luc Arassus, President of the French Surfing Federation, Michel Veunac, Mayor of Biarritz, Joël De Rosnay, first French Surfing Champion, Laurent Ortiz, and Guy Lafite, deputy Mayor. (© FFSurf)
Jean-Luc Arassus, Fédération Française de Surf President, said:
“Fédération Française de Surfriding is thrilled to be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year alongside the ISA. France has a special connection to Surfing and the sport resonates with the young people of our nation. Over the past 50 years we have seen Surfing grow in France and it makes us very proud to have contributed to the sport’s global development.
“We look forward now to welcoming some of the world’s best surfers to the French Surfing Championships next month when the region and nation can collectively celebrate the sport’s traditions and history and look forward to many more years of success.”
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 100 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).