Legendary U.S. Olympic Skier Julia Mancuso demonstrated the true universality of surfing by spending a day riding the waves in Sochi, Russia following her stunning bronze medal performance at the Olympic Winter Games.
Following her stunning Bronze Medal Performance at the Winter Olympic Games, U.S. Olympic Skier Julia Mancuso took advantage of the opportunity after her competitions in Sochi to take to the waves of the Black Sea with the renowned action sports analyst from NBC Sports, Sal Masekela. Photo: @salmasekela
“We always knew there was something extra special about Julia,” commented ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, “and now in addition to all her Olympic and World skiing titles we are happy to celebrate her as a member of our global surfing family, able to express her talents also on the waves.”
Mancuso took advantage of the opportunity after her competitions in Sochi to take to the waves of the Black Sea with the renowned action sports analyst from NBC Sports, Sal Masekela.
Aguerre, who was also in Sochi for the first week of the Olympic Winter Games, went on to say, “Julia’s surfing experience is a further validation of the mainstream value of action sports within the Olympic context. That such a decorated Olympian would feel at ease in the snow and the waves is also testament to the universal appeal of our sport.”
Talking about the experience, Mancuso posted on her Twitter account:
During his time in Sochi, Aguerre took advantage of the opportunity to meet with numerous Olympic leaders, including the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, and to promote the values, youthful appeal and accessibility of surfing.
“We are passionate about the Olympic Movement and committed to making a real and lasting contribution in the future. I wanted President Bach to know that he has all my support in his Agenda 2020 and that he can count on all my experience, especially in action sports,” Aguerre said.
Sal Maskela and Julia Mancuso after enjoying some Black Sea waves in Sochi. Photo: @salmasekela
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).