The International Surfing Association (ISA), Surfing’s World Governing Authority recognized by the International Olympic Committee, is proud to welcome Russia and Slovakia to its list of Member Nations.
Fernando Aguerre, President of the ISA, said about the newest members, “I am thrilled about the news, and happy to welcome Russian and Slovakian surfers to the international surfing family. On one side we welcome the world’s largest country, a superpower with a considerable coastline, and on the other a landlocked small country. Both of them have one thing in common: a group of surfers willing to work for a better surfing future. Welcome Russia and welcome Slovakia! We are looking forward to seeing you at future ISA World Surfing Championships.”
Located in northern Eurasia, Russia is the largest country in the world and the ninth most populous. Russia has an extensive coastline of over 37,000 km (22,991 mi) along the Arctic and Pacific Oceans, as well as along the Baltic Sea, Sea of Azov, Black Sea and Caspian Sea. Most of the surfing in the country takes place in Vladivostok and Sochi.
“We are really happy about being part of the international surf community,” said the Russian Surfing Federation President (RSF), Feliks Pak. “It is very important for the RSF to reach our goal of having surfing recognized as a sport in Russia. Our main objectives are: to promote surfing in Russia, to open surf schools for kids in Vladivostok, to train our judges and coaches in ISA competition rules, and to participate in the ISA World Surfing Games in 2012.”
The Slovak Republic, a landlocked state in Central Europe, bordered by the Czech Republic and Austria to the west, Poland to the north, Ukraine to the east and Hungary to the south, has a population of over 5 million. The current surf population numbers in the hundreds but they are eager develop the sport. The Slovak Surfing Federation is led by President Michal Kostal.
The International Surfing Association welcomes Member Nations #68 and #69 as the organization continues its global work to develop the sport throughout the World.
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), Layne Beachley (AUS), Casper Steinfath (DEN) and Barbara Kendall (NZL).