After two days of classroom training at the Rip Curl SEA Headquarters in Bali on the 19th and 20th of May, the ISA International Judging and Officiating attendees wrapped up their training at Berawa Beach on Sunday the 22nd at the Volcom Flying Fish surfing event by shadow judging heats under the supervision of ISA/Surfing Australia Level 3 International Judge and Presenter Mark Clift.
The 15 attendees were from Indonesia, Australia, Malaysia and Sweden, many of whom had some judging experience mostly at the boardrider club level, but there were several who had either only basic knowledge about judging surfing competitions or had higher levels of experience but had never taken this course. So finishing off the two classroom days with a practical competition judging session was an excellent way for not only the teacher to evaluate how well the students had learned, but also to provide the students with some real world experience while what they had been taught was fresh in their minds.
Bali local and member of the Halfway Kuta Boardriders Club Brazilia Baadilla was chosen by his club’s president to take the course, and after finishing up the practical judging at the beach he was asked why he was chosen and what he had learned. “I think I was chosen as I had the most potential in the club, and I’m really happy I got to attend because I really learned a lot of technical things that I never know about before. This will help me a lot in our club events as I can share this knowledge with the surfers and our other guys that judge, so we can all improve,” he replied.
From Bali, the Bingin Boardriders, Balangan Boardriders, Nusa Dua Boardriders, Padma Boys, and Medewi Boardriders all sent members to take the course.
Safie Stalie and Ronny Rizal came all the way from Sabah, Malaysia and were very happy with what they accomplished in the three days. “We came here to learn to judge properly, according to ISA rules and regulations, so after these three day our expectations were very well met. We learned so in the classroom, but as we’ve never judged at an event this large with over one hundred contestants, it was very beneficial to practice as if in a real life situation,” said Safie. “When we go back to our hometown we’ll get everyone together and explain what we learned, and then put it into practice at our next event, so this course didn’t only meet but certainly exceeded our expectations,” added Ronny.
Presenter Mark Clift thoroughly enjoyed the experience as it was his time teaching the course in Bali, saying “The first two days in the classroom were great, meeting these new crew and explaining all the technical aspects of judging and officiating a surf contest, answering their many questions, and then being able to put it all into practice at the beach in Berawa. This morning it was very easy as the waves were a bit slow, but then it picked up through the day and got very busy, so they really experienced how important sticking to the basics and rewarding good strong surfing is, as well as things like score separation. In the heat of battle they really had to dig down and put into practice what they learned, so I’m confident we’ve trained up crew here that will go on to make great judges in the future.”
With another ISA International Judging and Officiating course in the books, ASC’s Tim Hain had this to say. “I’d like to thank the ISA for their partnership and support, and especially Glen Elliot who has been supporting our Asian judging crew for over a decade now, to Rip Curl for letting us use their facilities, to Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia for refreshments, to Made’s Warung and Swich for food, and to Volcom for providing a tent and space for us at their contest. And not to forget our ASC judges who attended each day and helped Mark Clift in the course: Wayan Pica, Leon Suandhi, Made Lapur, Arya Subyakto, Erwin Van Putten, and Harry Algamar. Thanks to all of you this course was a great success!”
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 104 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).