Surfing extends reach to new markets as Scotland and Finland become ISA Member Federations

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The International Surfing Association (ISA) has welcomed Scotland and Finland as its 95th and 96th Member Federations respectively, further driving the global development of Surfing.

Providing access to Surfing for those in new Surfing markets has become a priority for the ISA.  A sport imbued with youthful values and energy, Surfing has a unique ability to connect with young people. Providing more Surfing opportunities and better access to equipment and facilities for young people can help to instil core values of excellence, respect, fair-play and innovation.

15519133750_b0b9fff753_k_smallScotland rewards those who brave the weather and conditions with world-class waves. The International Surfing Association (ISA) has welcomed Scotland and Finland as its 95th and 96th Member Federations respectively, further driving the global development of Surfing. Photo: Mal Anderson

Including Scotland and Finland, the ISA has inducted 17 new Member Federations from around the world since January 2014 underlining the sports worldwide growth. Other nations to join the ISA include Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Cayman Islands, The Gambia, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Poland, Madagascar, Nauru, Nepal, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and the US Virgin Islands.

Global development is a key element of the ISA’s strategy and the consistent growth and reach amongst young people is a driving force behind the ISA’s ambitions of making Surfing an Olympic sport.

PorvooIncluding Scotland and Finland (pictured), the ISA has inducted 17 new Member Federations from around the world since January 2014 underlining the sports worldwide growth. Pictured is a shot from Porvoo, Finland. Photo: Finnish StandUp Paddle and Surf Federation

Speaking about the newest ISA Member Federations, ISA PresidentFernando Aguerre, said:

“We’re delighted to welcome Scotland and Finland as our newest Member Federations. Surfing is a unique and modern blend of sport performance, style and culture infused with dynamic energy – making it especially relevant for young people.”

“The ISA’s mission is to develop surfing globally and through the addition of these new ISA Member Nations we are able to spread the core values, excitement and vision that the sport represents.”

16150073609_dcebd7d6ec_k_smallThe sport is growing in popularity and a recent survey indicated that there are more than 10,000 Surfers across Scotland. Photo: Mal Anderson

William Watson, President of the Scottish Surfing Federation, said:

“ISA recognition provides the opportunity for the Scottish Surfing Federation [SSF] to align with the wider sport development programs which the ISA fosters. In turn, this helps the SSF and Scotland to support the ISA with the global progression of Surfing.

“Surfing in Scotland is pure; stripped of any pretence; for the love of the sport, the environment and the ocean. The sport is growing in popularity and a recent survey indicated that there are more than 10,000 Surfers across Scotland.

“This year the SSF celebrates its 40th Anniversary. We’ve come a long way in that time and I look at Scotland’s presence at the ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games as a mark of honour to those who have passionately managed, pushed and developed the sport throughout its existence in Scotland. We’re also looking forward to the future, with Scotland part of the ISA family, it’s looking very bright.”

Jari Laakso, President of the Finnish SUP [Stand-up Paddle] and Surf Federation, said:

“Being formally recognized by the ISA will take Surfing and SUP to a new level in Finland and it’s great to join the international Surfing family. Full ISA Membership gives our young organization the necessary tools to develop educational programs for both Surfing and SUP and it also provides us with a pathway to international competitions.”

_DSC2081Being formally recognized by the ISA will take Surfing and SUP to a new level in Finland. Photo: Jukka Aro

About the International Surfing Association
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).