The Founder And Ex-President Of PASA And Current President Of The ISA, Fernando Aguerre, Sees New Direction With Optimism
Peruvian Karín Sierralta will take on the presidency of the Pan American Surf Association (PASA) looking to achieve a new union of Surfing countries in the Americas.
This alliance was a reality during the 90’s and part of the early 2000’s thanks to the work of the founder and first president of the association, the Argentinian Fernando Aguerre, also current president of the International Surfing Association (ISA). It united the continents through the organization by putting on a great quantity of contests, whose awards were the most important on a global scale and sought after by surfers from South America, Central America, North America and the Caribbean.
Peruvian Karín Sierralta (left), alongside ISA President Fernando Aguerre (right), during the ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games Opening Ceremony. Sierralta will take on the presidency of the Pan-American Surf Association (PASA) looking to achieve a new union of Surfing countries in the Americas. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales
After the presidencies of Antonio Sotillo, from 2002 to 2007 and Maile Aguerre since 2007, Sierralta presented his nomination with the objective of unifying the member countries, while promoting a greater development of Surfing in the member nations of PASA.
The ISA President, founder and ex-president of PASA, Fernando Aguerre, commented on the Pan American Association’s election results: “I personally know Karin and Xavier Aguirre (elected as Vice President of PASA), and I’ve heard good things about Paula Muñoz (elected as Secretary of PASA). I think that they are a good group, with new blood, with the desire to give a new breath of life into PASA. The ISA will be supporting their management, as it supported the management of the two presidents before.”
“We will support the ISA’s direction of Surfing’s inclusion in the Olympic and Pan American Games. The strengthening of PASA will be a great help for the ISA,” explained Sierralta. Pictured is Sierralta (right) sharing a wave with Aguerre (left) in Peru. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales
On his behalf, Karín Sierralta pointed out: “The new Pan American Surf Association will be focused on developing Surfing in the Americas, collaborating to create new federations, and further strengthening the existing ones. We are very happy to move forward on this road that Fernando Aguerre started 23 years ago”.
In this declaration the Peruvian explained: “We will support the ISA’s direction of Surfing’s inclusion in the Olympic and Pan American Games. The strengthening of PASA will be a great help for the ISA”.
Sierralta already has his first challenge in front of him: organizing the next Pan American Surfing Championship, that would take place in Punta Rocas, Peru in October, 2015. For this event he is counting on the participation of strong teams from Brazil and the United States, in addition to the rest of the teams from the Americas.
On February 10, 2015, the Pan American Surf Association (PASA) officially announced the results of the democratic elections. 22 countries from the Americas participated in the election that elected the new Executive Committee. The Peruvian Karín Sierralta earned the position of President, along with an integrated team made up of the Ecuadorian Xavier Aguirre as Vice President and Paula Muñoz from Chile as Secretary.
Longstanding in the management of Surfing in the region, the Peruvian director acts also as the Executive Director of the National Surfing Federation (FENTA), Executive President of the Professional ALAS Tour, and Vice President of the International Surfing Association.
Sierralta was the driving force behind Peru’s world titles in 2010, 2011, and 2014, and also was a part of the group that promoted law 27.280, the only law in the world that protects the ocean’s waves. On the same note, he finds himself working to finalize the High Performance Center for Surfing and beach sports in Punta Rocas.
“All of the achievements of Surfing in Peru have happened thanks to the union of parents, athletes, businessmen, and leaders with a vision to make Surfing the leading sport in Peru as their only objective,” said Sierralta on the success in recent years. “I should recognize untiringly the last three presidents of FENTA: Eduardo Cáceres, Guillermo Gonzales and our current president Carlos Neuhaus, who has achieved unprecedented results for Surfing,” he added.
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).