April 9, 2010
La Jolla, California
The International Surfing Association, recognized by the IOC, just announced that Thailand, People’s Republic of China, Malaysia and the Dubai have gained recognition as new members.
Surfing Thailand, Surfing China, Malaysian Surfing Association and Dubai Surfing Association have successfully fulfilled the requirements for membership.
ISA President Fernando Aguerre stated: “We are encouraged by the recent additions of Thailand, China, Malaysia and Dubai as members of the ISA. With over 25 million surfers around the world, the ISA is interested in helping them become part of our organization, and helping them build a better surfing future in their countries. This latest addition is part of our work towards the universality of surfing.”
About the International Surfing Association (ISA)
The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. It was originally founded as the International Surfing Federation in 1964 and has been running world championships since 1964 and the Junior World Championships since 1980.
ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies (NGBs) of over 50 countries on six continents. Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California. It is presided by Fernando Aguerre, first elected in 1994 in Rio, and re-elected six times since. The ISA’s four Vice Presidents are Alan Atkins (Australia), Robin de Kock (South Africa), Mike Gerard (USA) and Karín Sierralta.