The ISA is unequivocally opposed, on ethical and medical grounds, to the practice of doping in sport and fully supports the position of the International Olympic Committee and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) against the use of banned substances and methods.

The use, possession and/or trafficking of banned substances, methods, or the encouragement or counseling to use banned substances, or methods, and/or taking measures to mask the use of banned substances, or methods by any participant in competitions over which the ISA has jurisdiction is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

As a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code, the ISA implements a strict adherence to the Code as a way to ensure a clean, healthy and fair sporting atmosphere for all athletes.  By conducting both in-competition and out-of-competition testing, the ISA confirms proper testing and results management methods are administered throughout the sport.

The rules and regulations of ISA’s Anti-doping Policy aim to:

  • Promote Surfing as a drug-free sport;
  • Uphold and preserve the ethics of Sport;
  • Ensure that all athletes have an opportunity to compete equally;
  • Safeguard the physical health and mental integrity of the athletes;
  • Establish consistent standards of anti-doping policy and testing;
  • Encourage Member Federations to execute similar regulations with their athletes.

In addition, the ISA strives to continuously educate and monitor the National Federations’ yearly activities regarding their self-implemented policies to members.  It is of the utmost importance that the ISA member federations accept and promote an anti-doping policy within their national events, camps and championships.






WHAT: As an athlete, you may have an illness or condition that requires a particular medication. If this medication appears on the Prohibited List, you may be granted a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) which gives you permission to take it.

WHY: TUEs ensure that you are able to obtain treatment for a legitimate medical

condition—even if that treatment requires a prohibited substance or method. The TUE process avoids the risk of sanctions due to a positive test.
WHO: Any athlete who may be subject to doping control must request a TUE before taking a prohibited medication. All information in this request remains strictly confidential.
WHEN: An application must be made at least 30 days before taking part in an event. In exceptional cases or true emergencies, a TUE may be approved retroactively.
  1. Request a TUE form from your relevant anti-doping organization (ADO) or through ADAMS.*
  2. Your physician fills out the TUE form and you send it back to your ADO
  3. Once a TUE is requested, a panel of experts selected by the ADO reviews your request and will grant a TUE if:
    1. Your health will be significantly impaired if you do not take the
    2. The substance does not enhance your performance beyond what
      brings you back to normal health
    3. There are no alternative treatments available
  4. The ADO advises if you can take the requested medication or not. In the case of a denied request, you will be informed of the reasons. You have the right to appeal the decision.

The ISA is available and willing to assist any member federations with the implementation and organization of a strong anti-doping plan. 

Please contact to discuss bettering the drug-free future of your athletes.

Get Educated

ISA Anti-Doping Code

2017 WADA Prohibited List

Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) form

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Website

Athlete Reference Guide to 2015 Code

WADA Video Tutorial

List of WADA Accredited Laboratories

WADA At-A-Glance Brochures

simple guides to Anti-Doping Program, Therapeutic Use Exemptions and Athlete Whereabouts



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