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-70,000 spectators passed through in 8 days, second only to the US Open’s 500,000 attendance
-ICODER confirms the biggest national and international coverage ever for the country
-Retailers of Jaco see .5 Million, more than triple the sales of a regular high season

Source: Carlos Brenes – Federación de Surf de Costa Rica

Prior to the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games Costa Rica 2009, Organizers knew that with the confirmation of 35 participating countries the contest had the potential to be a great Championship event. However, after almost three weeks since the close of this successful event, the media results have surpassed even their wildest expectations.

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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).