Meet Santiago Bowen, a 2014 ISA Scholarship Winner from Ecuador. At just 15 years old, Santiago is excelling as a bodyboarder and placing high in events on the National Circuit in his country. Traveling to contests and maintaining proper equipment has been difficult for Santiago due to high costs. Thanks to his ISA Scholarship, Santiago has been able to continue pursuing his passion of bodyboarding and chase his dreams. With the Scholarship money Santiago has bought fins, a wetsuit, a leash, paid for school fees and will travel to five contests on the National Circuit in Ecuador.
Santiago is not only known for his outstanding bodyboard ability, but also for his performance at school. His teachers have given him praise for his work ethic and high grade average of 9/10. Santiago is especially well-liked at school for encouraging his classmates to also get in the water to practice ocean sports. Keep an eye out for this talented bodyboarder on the beaches of Ecuador!