The ISA Awards 50 Scholarships To Promising Young Surfers Across the Globe

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La Jolla, California, November 26, 2013 – The International Surfing Association is proud to award fifty promising young surfers (ages nine to 17 years old) from 25 countries around the globe with a prestigious ISA Individual Scholarship. The fifty recipients, many who come from countries where their family’s total income is below a few thousand dollars a year, will be awarded with USD $1,000 to be used for school and to help advance their surfing careers during the next twelve months.

Since its inception in 2007, the ISA has delivered 192 Individual Scholarships valued at $178,500 to well deserving surfers from around the world. Many have gone to students from families where competing in surfing would be impossible without assistance.

In the last seven years, the scholarship program has significantly helped improve the lives of junior surfers in need of financial assistance from around the world in countries ranging from Peru to Namibia and beyond. Many former recipients have even become national and or world champion surfers, including Peru’s five-time ISA Scholarship recipient, Juninho Urcia, who received his first ISA scholarship when he was 11 in 2007. Urcia eventually became Peru’s youngest Open Men’s National Champion ever in 2011, and was also part of the Gold Medal Peruvian Team at the 2011 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, where he earned an individual Bronze Medal. Today Urcia is currently competing on the ASP World Qualifying Series, and is a paid professional surfer.

“It is an honor to be able to reward another group of young surfers with the chance to fulfill their dreams both in school and in their sport,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “This is one of the most important programs of the ISA, with results that are evident in every surfer we help. Because so many past recipients have gone on to become not only champions in their sport, but also positive role models in each of the countries they represent, we will continue to raise funds and work hard to keep this program growing every year.”

The ISA Scholarship Program has grown consistently in size since launching in 2007, mostly from the generous funding from foundations and brands like Quiksilver Foundation, Billabong, Reef Redemption, Greenpacha and Hurley, and the continued support from ISA member nations.

The U-18 ISA Scholarship Recipients are chosen because they are inspirational individuals, who strive to succeed in both surfing and education. After being awarded the scholarships, recipients are called “ISA Ambassadors.” They personify what the ISA promotes – working hard in school, enjoying surfing, being positive role models in their community and persevering to achieve big goals. Money awarded to each surfer will be used for their educational pursuits as well as travel expenses to get to surf contests, and/or to upgrade their surfing equipment.

After careful review by the Scholarship Selection Committee, the ISA is proud to announce the following surfers as the 2014 ISA Scholarship Recipients:

Name

Country

Age

Bianca Schipani

Argentina

13

Julian Iturralde

Argentina

17

Kaue Germano

Brazil

11

Bruno Santos

Brazil

11

Vinicius Parra

Brazil

11

Trinidad Salas

Chile

11

Laura Godoy

Chile

16

Christopher Rojas

Chile

12

Javiera Veliz

Chile

15

Santiago Nakogui Barro

Colombia

16

Santiago Mendoza

Colombia

13

Esteban Chaves Morua

Costa Rica

15

Eduardo Venegas

Costa Rica

16

Irons Burgos

Ecuador

15

Michael Jordan Macías Viera

Ecuador

14

Titouan Boyer

France

15

Peckett William

Tahiti

16

Karelle Poppke

Tahiti

15

Williams Alfredo Garcia Avila

Guatemala

16

Jose Anthony Diaz Chachon

Guatemala

16

Miguel Angel Castillo Pimentel

Guatemala

17

Sunshine Patey

Hawaii

13

Bianca Macedo

Hawaii

13

Yukojati Anabella

Indonesia

15

Ronald Hastings

Jamaica

15

Ivah Wilmot

Jamaica

16

Nathan Miller

Jamaica

14

Morris Gross

Liberia

16

Adama Browne

Liberia

14

Alejandro Meza

Mexico

17

Luis Rey Hernandez

Mexico

14

Nils Kintscher

Namibia

10

Nick Tuhikarama

New Zealand

16

Juber Martinez

Nicaragua

18

Joel Chavez

Nicaragua

18

Jackson Obando

Nicaragua

16

Kevin Cortez

Nicaragua

17

Edwin Bismar Morales Rivas

Nicaragua

17

Monica Munn

Panama

16

Luis Angel Arroyo

Panama

15

Selvester Bactad

Philippines

16

Gabriel Amaru Rodriquez

Peru

10

Daniela Rosas

Peru

10

Andrea Martinez

Puerto Rico

9

Jolari Carreras

Puerto Rico

15

Nthando Msibi

South Africa

16

Caitlin October

South Africa

14

Kalani Da Silva

Spain

15

Tuna Yigit Konukcu

Turkey

9

Nicolas Sardi

Venezuela

15

All ISA Individual Scholarship Program recipient bios can be accessed directly HERE