ISA to Launch Flat Water StandUp Paddle Instructor Accreditation Course

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Flatwater SUP allows you to have fun in a river, lake or in a pool. Photo: IOSUP

New SUP Course and membership of IOSUP signal a step forward for fast growing sport

The International Surfing Association (ISA), surfing’s World Governing Authority recognized by the International Olympic Committee, is proud to announce the launch of the new Level 1 ISA Flat Water (FW) StandUp Paddle Instructor Accreditation Course.

“SUP is the fastest growing sport in the world. To satisfy the growing demand from our NGBs for SUP instructors, the ISA is launching this groundbreaking Flat Water Instructor Course, which will instantly become the gold standard for SUP instructors around the world,” said ISA President, surfer and SUP enthusiast, Fernando Aguerre. “We are already seeing SUPers having fun and competing in places we never imagined for surfers – lakes, flat-water rivers, estuaries and bays.”

The ISA’s goal with this new course is to ensure that safe, proven and effective instruction techniques are used by the growing number of SUP instructors not only in the ocean but beyond coastal waters.

The ISA FW SUP Instructor Accreditation Course will be launched by the ISA’s existing Coaching & Instructing Program Organizers, who operate in many countries worldwide. The initial course will take place in Riccione, Italy on the Adriatic Sea, on the 26th and 27th of November, 2011.

Additionally, the ISA has recently confirmed that the International Organization of StandUp Paddle (IOSUP), which is based in Spain, is now an ISA-Recognized International Surfing Organization. IOSUP’s main purpose is to deliver SUP training programs, which it will do in many European countries and elsewhere if ISA Member Nations request their service.

ISA President Aguerre commented, “Having IOSUP as one of our allies will enable the ISA to continue to develop surfing and SUP globally. This is a great step for the sport.”

Fernando Labad, President of IOSUP added, “It’s an honor and the recognition of a job well done for several years developing SUP globally. From the beginning we followed an order, helping with our knowledge and professionalism to assist schools, SUPers, clubs, regional and national federations. Now, we’re really happy about doing it along with the ISA. We want to help expand the sport that we love so much.”

The launch of the new ISA Course as well as IOSUP’s membership coincides with the annual ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship that will be held for the first time in Miraflores, Lima, Peru from February 20 to 25, 2012. Event information is available at

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About The International Surfing Association
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).