The ISA held its World Surfing Games October 5-13 in Huntington Beach, CA. The 1996 ISA World Surfing Games was the world’s largest-ever surfing contest, featuring almost 600 competitors from 36 countries. During this event, the President of the IOC, Mr. Samaranch, sent the “IOC President’s Trophy” to be awarded to the Gold Medal Team. Furthermore, Mr. Samaranch sent IOC Member, Mr. James Easton (USA) to visit the event and deliver a report to the IOC. Easton, who was invited to attended the Opening Ceremony of the World Surfing Games, delivered a report back to the IOC and made a positive speech about surfing and the organization of the event.