From February 27-29, 2016 the ISA Surf Level Two Coaching Course was held in Forte dei Marmi, Italy. This was the first time the Surf Level Two Course has been held in the country in nearly three years and both Italian and international coaches jumped on the opportunity to up-skill their coaching abilities.
Seventeen participants took part in the course presented by ISA Course Presenter, Jamo Borthwick from Australia. In addition to thirteen enthusiastic Italian instructors, three foreign instructors attended the course: Sergey Rasshivaev, ISA Course Presenter and President of the Russian Surfing Federation, Hans Van Den Broek, ISA Course Presenter in Holland and Nik Zanella, ISA Course Presenter in China. All the participants enjoyed every second of the intense three day course, expertly presented by Jamo Borthwick and assisted by Italian ISA Course Presenter, Alessandro Dini.
“The holistic approach of the ISA Surf Level Two Course is an important and unique tool for surf coaches to develop the level of their students. The excellent organization of the course and the interaction between of all the participants made this course one of the best I have ever presented around the world,” said Jamo Borthwick.
“I am stoked to see the enthusiasm and positive feedback of all the participants,” added Alessandro Dini. “Patrizio Iacobacci, Andrea Bonfili and Stefano Giuliani, three Italian instructors who renewed their certifications after completing the course in 2009, attest to the vast improvements and quality of the new course. It is now much more effective and complete. On behalf of FISURF (the Italian Surfing Federation) I want to thank the ISA and Jamo Borthwick for the amazing opportunity they provided to enhance the skills of our best surf coaches and, consequently, the skills of our young surfers”.
The next ISA Surf Level Two Course in Italy will be held October 28-30, 2016.
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).