2015 ISA Scholarship Programme Deadline Set for 31 December 2015
Hawaii’s Summer Macedo, a 2013 ISA Scholarship winner, is chaired up the beach after being crowned the Gold Medalist in the Girls U-16 Division at the 2015 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship. Photo: ISA/Chris Grant
The value of the International Surfing Association (ISA) Scholarship Programme was underlined at the 2015 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in Oceanside, California in October, with 13 scholarship recipients taking part in the record breaking event. Hawaii’s Summer Macedo, a 2013 ISA Scholarship winner, was the stand-out performer amongst the scholarship recipients winning the Gold Medal in the Girls U-16 Division – reaffirming herself as one of the best junior surfers in the world.
The ISA Scholarship Programme offers financial aid to surfers who are under 18 to further their education, pay for travel to surf contests, pay for contest fees and upgrade their surfing equipment. Athletes are considered based on their dedication to Surfing as well as their academic performance. The 2015 ISA Scholarship Programme is currently open to applicants with the deadline for submission set for 31 December 2015.
The ISA Individual Scholarship was established in 2007 and has awarded more than USD $228,500 in scholarships to further the education and surfing careers of 267 surfers. Scholarship winners have gone on to compete at national and international Surfing competitions with the help of the financial aid.
One of the standout scholarship performers at the ISA World Championship included South African Ntando Msibi, who placed 17th in the Boys U-18 Division. Msibi put his scholarship award towards a new surfboard and travel costs for national surfing competitions, helping him to qualify for the South Africa Junior Team for the second consecutive year.
Ntando Msibi, a two-time ISA Scholarship winner (2013, 2014), represented South Africa for the second consecutive year at the 2015 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, finishing in 17th place in the U-18 Boys Division. Photo: ISA/Chris Grant
Another top performer included 13-year-old Daniella Rosas of Peru who placed 13th in this year’s competition. Receiving an ISA Scholarship in 2014, she used her funding for English classes, contest entry fees and surfing equipment, helping her become one of the top junior surfers in South America.
ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said:
“The ISA is proud to continue to award scholarships to young surfers around the globe, giving them a unique opportunity that they may not otherwise have to maximise their Surfing potential but also to help them excel academically. It is truly incredible to see how these ISA scholarship winners have improved their skills and risen to be the top junior surfers in their nations. They are showing tremendous dedication to their sport and they are improving all of the time – hopefully we will see some of them competing on the waves at Tokyo 2020.”
For more information about the 2015 ISA Scholarship Programme and to formally submit an application visit: ISA Individual Scholarship Program.
2015 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship scholarship winner results:
Placed: 33rd, Boys U-16
Placed: 97th, Boys U-16
Placed: 65th, Boys U-18
Placed: 33rd, Boys U-18
Placed: 1st, Girls U-16
Placed: 21st, Boys U-18
Luis Rey Hernandez
Placed: 49th, Boys U-16
Placed: 29th, Boys U-18
Placed: 49th, Girls U-16
Placed: 13th, Girls U-16
Placed: 25th, Girls U-18
Placed: 17th, Boys U-18
Placed: 29th, Boys U-16
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).