On April 9, the Russian Surfing Federation, with the support of EBR Company and the Innovation Center of Russian Olympic Committee, organized the first-ever ISA Judging Course in Russia.
Twenty-one new Russian Judges took part in the ISA Judging Course and will now be accredited as ISA Level 1 trainee judges. The ISA Judging Course was presented by Alessandro Dini, a long-time ISA Course Presenter from Italy. Alessandro has traveled previously to Russia to work with the Russian Surfing Federation on surf development and help establish the ISA Coaching and Instructing Program.
Alessandro Dini said:
“It was an amazing experience to visit the Innovation Center of Russian Olympic Committee and a great setting for the ISA Judging Course. It is a big honor for me to share my knowledge and experience with the ISA Educational Programs and help develop the sport in such a big, beautiful country.”
The ISA Judging Course attracted participants from all across Russia. There were surfers from Chelabinsk, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kamchatka, Kazan and more. All of the judges were very happy with the judging knowledge they obtained and the professionalism of ISA Course Presenter Alessandro Dini.
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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 103 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).