With less than a month to go until the first heat of the Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships hits the water, the South African Adaptive Surfing Team have stepped up their efforts to help the nine team members make the long trip to La Jolla, California. The Stance World Adaptive Surfing Champs 2016 takes place from December 8th and 12th
This fundraising effort has received a boost with the news that two legends of South African surfing have thrown their support behind the team. Both Shaun Tomson and Jordy Smith will be using their vast social media networks to encourage their followers to donate to the crowdfunding site that has been set up for the team.(see details below)
After supporting the team at the inaugural World Adaptive Championships last year Tomson had this to say “ Watching the South African Adaptive Surfing Team in action is an inspiring experience. These athletes have overcome daunting physical challenges through the power of personal will and Jordy Smith and I are honoured to be supporting them in their quest to get to the USA and compete in the ISA World Championships”.
Adaptive Surfing South Africa are challenging all surfers in South Africa to donate a minimum of 10 dollars each to the crowdfunding site that has been set up by Tomson and Smith. The South African Team need funds for air tickets, visas, accommodation, transport and meals whilst they are in La Jolla. The Crowdfunding site is : https://igg.me/at/qfIc1tp8vd8
The 2016 South African Adaptive surfing Team will be captained by 2015 silver medallist Antony Smyth for the second year in a row and includes Dries Millard, JP Veaudry, Erynn Geddie, Lesley Lee, Caleb Swanepoel and Ashtan Davids. Tasha Mentasti (Coach) and Bev Smyth (Manager) will travel with the team along with a number of support staff.
Surfing South Africa is the recognized governing body for the sport and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA). All South African surfing teams that participate in international events are chosen by the National Selectors and in terms of the SSA Constitution. All national teams are ratified by the Board of Directors of Surfing South Africa prior to being forwarded to SASCOC for colours approval.
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).