The International Surfing Association (ISA) has today announced the appointment of Robert Fasulo as the organization’s new Executive Director.
Fasulo will be based in the ISA headquarters in La Jolla, California, and will report directly to ISA President, Fernando Aguerre. Working alongside the ISA Executive Committee, Fasulo will be responsible for the strategic direction, financial stewardship and operational management of Surfing’s world governing body.
Formerly an advisor to the ISA, as well as other organizations in international sport, Fasulo has played a key role in the ISA’s successful mission to be recommended for inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – with the International Olympic Committee set to make a decision on the sports that will enter the program at the IOC Session ahead of the Rio 2016 Games.
Prior to being an international sports consultant, Fasulo held senior positions at various Olympic organizations, including being Chief of International Relations at the U.S. Olympic Committee and Director of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF).
Fernando Aguerre, ISA President, said:
“I am delighted Bob has joined the ISA during this crucial time in the organization’s history. We have been on a journey of development and the ISA has grown into an International Federation with almost 100 member nations. Surfing is committed to playing an active and positive role within the Olympic Movement and we hope our dream to join the sports program is realized for Tokyo 2020.
“Bob’s experience, insight and understanding of global sport have been a tremendous asset to our campaign for Olympic inclusion and it’s great to have him join us to continue this work and represent the ISA to the broader Surfing, Olympic and sports community.”
Robert Fasulo, ISA Executive Director, said:
“Surfing is a young, relevant and rising sport with amazing athletes, a vibrant culture and highly appealing lifestyle. It’s been an incredible privilege to work as a strategic advisor to Fernando for these past five years and to contribute to his inspired vision for the sport and its Olympic aspirations. I’m honored and excited by this opportunity to play a key role in the sport’s long-term development and bright future.”
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 103 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).