Fernando Aguerre, President of the International Surfing Association (ISA), has offered his full support to the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Agenda 2020 proposals to reform the Olympic Movement.
The IOC published on November 18th a set of 40 recommended changes that would shape the future direction of the Olympic environment and the management of the Games – to be voted on by the full IOC Membership at the 127th IOC Session in Monaco in December 2014.
ISA President Fernando Aguerre with IOC President Thomas Bach during the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Aguerre has offered his full support to the IOC’s Agenda 2020 proposals to reform the Olympic Movement.
The IOC’s Agenda 2020 recommendations include moving from a sport-based to an event-based programme and ensuring greater gender equality at the Olympic Games.
Fernando Aguerre, said: “Under the strong leadership of President Bach, we are excited about the spirit of change and innovation being embraced by the IOC within Agenda 2020. We encourage and support the IOC President and membership in considering these important proposals. They represent real progress for the Olympic Movement and provide exciting new direction which we embrace.
“As President of the ISA, I see this as a very positive step for the Olympic Movement and I look forward to the IOC’s ongoing efforts to evolve the Olympic Games to generate even greater appeal and attract many more fans into sport. I wish to thank President Bach for his vision in leading the way in the Agenda 2020 process.
There are 35 million surfers in more than 100 countries around the world with an estimated 14 million aged 12 to 24, all seeking to watch Surfing. Surfing is a sport imbued with youthful values and energy and has a unique ability to connect with young people around the world.
“In particular, we at the ISA welcome the proposal to move the Olympic Sports Program to become more event-based and therefore potentially include a greater number of sports in the Games. This allows fast-growing and inherently youthful sports, like Surfing, the opportunity of Olympic inclusion – offering those sports such as ours the chance to showcase how they can make a valuable contribution to the Games and help bring in younger fans.
“It is also great news that there is the proposal to launch an Olympic TV channel and fully utilize the latest digital platforms. Surfing is a visually powerful and dynamic sport which offers incredible athletic action and pictures for TV and online audiences.
“There are 35 million surfers in more than 100 countries around the world with an estimated 14 million aged 12 to 24, all seeking to watch our sport. If Surfing has the honor of becoming an Olympic event then we can offer a vast, new audience that an Olympic channel can capitalize upon – reaching young fans globally to promote the power of sport.”
The International Surfing Association (ISA), founded in 1964, is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. The ISA governs and defines Surfing as Shortboard, Longboard & Bodyboarding, 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, both surfing and racing) and Paddleboard Champions in 2012.
ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 103 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).