The International Surfing Association (ISA), the World Governing Authority for Surfing, is now accepting applications for the 2012 ISA Individual1 Scholarship Program. The ISA aims to award 27 scholarships to junior surfers around the world.
The Scholarship Program is open to all junior surfers, age 18 and under. Applicants must prove financial need, be enrolled in school with good standing, and be an inspirational role model to the surfing community.
The ISA Individual Scholarship Program’s main objective is to provide financial support to junior surfers who demonstrate an actual need, in order to facilitate an experience in surfing while encouraging the importance of education. The money must be used to travel to surf contests, buy new surfing equipment, or to foster the junior surfer’s education.
The program offers added incentive for national surfing federations to send teams to ISA events, furthering the reach of surfing, as scholarship recipients use the experience to become better surfers, potential national champions and even possibly, world champions – all while continuing with their education.
This will be the sixth consecutive year of the ISA Individual Scholarship Program, which has distributed over 0,000 in to deserving student surfers since being launched in 2007. In 2011, 25 surfers from Africa, Australasia, the Americas and Europe received a total of ,000 in financial aid to keep developing their surfing and educational skills. All 25 scholarship recipients are top students, surfers and inspirational role models for their countries and the entire surfing tribe.
The ISA is the first and only surfing association to provide global support specifically dedicated to developing surf skills and education. Many sports have different organizations that offer financial assistance to athletes, but the ISA has decided to take the first step in surfing by looking to the endemic surf industry and media to support the project that will certainly make surfing stronger in the years to come. There are thousands of potential ISA Scholarship recipients in the world and, in following one of its most important missions, the ISA has decided to help junior surfers for a better surfing future.
A great example of the Scholarship program is the case of Juninho Urcia from Peru. He was one of the first recipients in 2007, with no sponsors, riding old, borrowed surfboards, and he had a tough time paying contest entry fees and traveling to the national tour stops. The ISA Individual Scholarship changed his life. He was able to buy new and appropriate equipment, focus on studying without worrying about financial problems, while traveling to contests better prepared.
Five years after, Juninho achieved some of his surfing dreams by making the Peruvian National Team, Junior and Open, by obtaining the Boys Under 16 Copper Medal in the 2011 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship and the Team Gold Medal after the historic Team Peru victory.
Juninho is now a sponsored athlete and the future looks bright for him, as he gets closer to professional surfing.
The program started with five recipients in 2007, quadrupling in 2008 to 20 awarded, and then doubled in 2009, delivering 40 scholarships. In 2010 and 2011 the ISA granted 25 scholarships, and for 2012 the ISA will upgrade the level of support to 27 scholarships of ,000 US dollars to each of the winners.
Fernando Aguerre, President of the ISA, said about this year’s Scholarship Program announcement, “At the ISA we are committed to spreading the love for surfing and the waves to all people around the world, and certainly to being an agent of good on the less developed nations. I’m very happy to be presenting, for the sixth consecutive year, the ISA Individual Scholarship Program. This program proved to be a success since its creation. For 2012 we are going to be giving two extra scholarships and we are hoping to increase the number of recipients and funding in the years to come. This program is only possible thanks to the generous donations from Billabong, the Quiksilver Foundation and Reef Redemption, each of whom contributes to the program. It’s great to know that three of the biggest surfing brands in the world have given such strong support to the program, working together with the ISA for a better surfing future.”
For more Scholarship information please visit: http://isasurf.org/devprograms_scholarship.php
The International Surfing Association (ISA), founded in 1964, is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing, 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) 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).