The International Surfing Association [ISA] has awarded 75 Surfers aged 7 – 18 from 32 countries around the world the prestigious ISA Individual Scholarship. The scholarship recipients will receive funds to go towards further education, travel to Surfing competitions, competition fees and Surfing equipment.
Thanks to the ISA Individual Scholarship Award, 75 Surfers aged 7 – 18 from 32 countries around the world will receive funds to go towards further education, travel to Surfing competitions, competition fees and Surfing equipment.
The ISA Individual Scholarship Program aims to provide financial support to young Surfers, many of whom are from developing countries and demonstrate financial need, to allow them to pursue their Surfing career while encouraging them to continue in further education.
The scholarships are granted to individuals who strive to succeed in both Surfing and education and are selected based on their interest in Surfing, their commitment to education and their family’s financial situation. Once granted a Scholarship the recipients become ISA Ambassadors that represent the core values of the sport and act as positive role models for other young Surfers in their communities.
Peru’s Juninho Urcia, a 5 time ISA Scholarship recipient, became Peru’s youngest ever Open Men’s National Champion in 2011 and was also part of the Gold Medal Peruvian Team at the 2011 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, an event at which he also earned an individual Bronze Medal. Photo:Rommel Gonzales
The program was established in 2007 by current ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, and has now awarded 267 Individual Scholarships worth a total of USD $228,500 to budding Surfers from over 40 countries. Previous recipients have come from a range of different socio-economic backgrounds with some of them going on to become national and world champions.
Speaking about the 2014 ISA Individual Scholarship awards, ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said:
“The ISA Individual Scholarship Program is a key initiative for the ISA and one that underpins our mission of developing Surfing globally. Surfing is an inclusive sport and it is a special honor for the ISA to be able to help young Surfers fulfil their dreams, especially those who may not be able to fund their ambitions themselves.
“The scholarship program is continually growing and I’m delighted that since 2007 we have helped 267 young Surfers from over 40 countries to pursue their love of the sport while also remaining in full time education. This is an initiative that embodies the ISA’s core values of solidarity, respect and fair play and one that brings to life the true identity of Surfing.
Some examples of how the ISA Individual Scholarship has had a positive effect on the lives of young Surfers can be seen here:
Juninho Urcia – Peru
Many former ISA Individual Scholarship recipients have become national and world champion Surfers, including Peru’s Juninho Urcia, who received his first ISA scholarship when he was 11. Urcia eventually became Peru’s youngest ever Open Men’s National Champion in 2011 and was also part of the Gold Medal Peruvian Team at the 2011 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, an event at which he also earned an individual Bronze Medal. Today, Urcia is a professional surfer competing on the ASP World Qualifying Series.
Jyothi M. Bangera – India
For a young girl who has only been surfing since January 2012, Surfing to Jyothi is more than just a hobby – it is a path towards a bright future for herself and her family. Jyothi’s ambition is to represent her country as a professional Surfer and help promote the sport amongst women throughout the India.
Ntando Msibi – South Africa
2013 ISA Scholarship recipient from Durban, South Africa, Ntando Msibi used his scholarship award to purchase a Surfboard and travel to national surfing competitions. Ntando qualified for the South Africa Junior Team that competed at the 2014 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in Ecuador. The South African, who lost both of his parents at a young age and grew up on the streets of Durban, recently said that representing Team South Africa at the biggest junior surfing competition in the world was a lifelong dream of his.
List of 2014 ISA Individual Scholarship recipients:
- Belabbes-nabi Amine – Algeria
- Sebbih Abdelhak – Algeria
- Oughideni Mohamed – Alegeria
- Bianca Schipani – Argentina
- Kauê Germano – Brazil
- Vinícius Leme Parra – Brazil
- Amaya Merino – Chile
- Diego Elias Cabezas Vidal – Chile
- Josefina Vidueira – Chile
- Santiago Nakogui Barro – Colombia
- Juan José Vélez Vargas – Colombia
- Jawer Hurtado – Colombia
- Edgardo Herazo – Colombia
- LiaRoan Reyes – Costa Rica
- Esteban Chaves Morua – Costa Rica
- Axel Castro Bolivar – Costa Rica
- Braulio Brito – Dominican Republic
- Daniel Felipe Flores Oliveros – Ecuador
- Santiago Joel Bowen Alcívar – Ecuador
- Esnaider Alfredo Parrales Zambrano – Ecuador
- Colbert Villanueva Stanley – Spain
- Timoci Tomeru – Fiji
- Narvi Rokete – Fiji
- Fatou Ndong – Guam
- Momodou Lamin Saine – Guam
- Kebba Sarr – Guam
- Lilly von Treuenfels – Germany
- Emmanuel Ansah – Ghana
- Emmanuel Koomson – Ghana
- Anthony Rabbi Hemans – Ghana
- José Franklin Marroquín Oquelí – Guatemala
- Lester Alexis Hernandez – Guatemala
- José Manuel Orozco Lopez – Guatemala
- Iyan Herdiyanto – India
- Sabina Chinantya Anzaltha – India
- Vijin Fernandas – Indonesia
- Kivins Pushpalilly Jerof – Indonesia
- Sakunthala Hanumanthapa – Indonesia
- Shatwain Wright – Jamaica
- NIck Robinson – Jamaica
- Vinaykrishan Dansinghani – Jamaica
- Sneha Nair – Jamaica
- Yuki Nakashio – Japan
- Esther Teah – Liberia
- Out Commey – Liberia
- Morris M. Gross – Liberia
- Irene Armstrong – Liberia
- Ayshan Mohamed – Maldives
- Mariyam Lam-ath Ibrahim – Maldives
- Jose Manuel Lopez Gonzalez – Mexico
- Joshua Estrada – Mexico
- Valeria Peconi – Mexico
- Luis Rey Hernandez Contreras – Mexico
- Sören Kintscher – Namibia
- Nikolai Hof – Namibia
- Omololu Emmanuel Smith – Nigeria
- Seun Williams Blessing – Nigeria
- David Adeyemi – Nigeria
- Aimee Brown – New Zealand
- Lourdes Gabriela Elizondo – Panama
- Jose Luis Rodriguez Navarro – Panama
- Gonzalo Nicolas Torres Ramos – Peru
- Walter Jose Blas Rodriguez – Peru
- Ntando Msibi – South Africa
- Joshe Faulkner – South Africa
- Paci Irumva – South Africa
- Jaro Conradie-Phiri – South Africa
- Daniel Lewis – Trinidad and Tobago
- Elton John – Trinidad and Tobago
- Jyiell Lewis – Trinidad and Tobago
- Erkan Yilmaz – Turkey
- Delfina Morosini – Uruguay
- Tanner Ford – USA
- Leandro Arteaga – Venezuela
- Oswald Moreno – Venezuela
Get to know all of the 2014 ISA Scholarship recipients by reading each of their stories here.
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).