The International Surfing Association (ISA) and the Japan Anti-Doping Agency (JADA) has welcomed the success of an Anti-Doping Education Outreach and Athlete Engagement Program, conducted together at the 2018 Urban Research ISA World Surfing Games in Tahara City, Japan.
The program is the outcome of a new partnership between the ISA and JADA, aimed at creating an opportunity for athletes and their support personnel to develop their Anti-Doping knowledge and raising awareness of responsibilities as role models in the sport of Surfing ahead of its Olympic debut in the Tokyo 2020 Games.
The JADA outreach booth was set up during team registration at the UR ISA World Surfing Games on September 13 and 14, 2018 and team members from all 42 attending nations were able to participate by taking a WADA Anti-Doping Quiz.
Another primary focus of the Educational Outreach was for athletes to write “TRUTH” messages on a poster. These TRUTH messages are a representation of the values athletes have learned through Surfing that they hope to pass on to future generations. The poster containing TRUTH messages from all 42 nations is planned to display in Tokyo throughout Olympic competition.
This first partnership has created positive outcomes for both the ISA and JADA, with particular focus placed on the increase in athlete and support personnel’s engagement in maintaining integrity in the sport of Surfing, as well as JADA’s ability to use their knowledge and expertise to educate and disseminate the “TRUTH” messages.
The activation of protecting clean sport and fostering the future of sport will be continued by the ISA and its 104 Member Federations as we approach 2020 and beyond.
“PLAY TRUE 2020”, JADA’s Tokyo 2020 legacy project, will also be continued to engage more clean athletes and IFs.
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, Para 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; World StandUp Paddle (SUP, both surfing and racing) and Paddleboard Champions in 2012; and World Para Surfing Champions in 2015.
ISA membership includes the surfing National Federations of 108 countries on five continents. The ISA is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (ARG). The Executive Committee includes four Vice-Presidents Karín Sierralta (PER), Kirsty Coventry (ZIM), Casper Steinfath (DEN) and Barbara Kendall (NZL), Athletes’ Commission Chair Justine Dupont (FRA), Regular Members Atsushi Sakai (JPN) and Jean Luc Arassus (FRA) and ISA Executive Director Robert Fasulo as Ex-officio Member.
Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California (USA).