World’s best para-surfers unite, go for Gold on December 12-16
The International Surfing Association (ISA) has today announced that the 2018 edition of the Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship will return to La Jolla, California, USA.
The fourth edition of the event will take place at La Jolla Shores beach from December 12-16, welcoming more than 25 of the world’s best National Para-Surfing Teams.
The 2018 edition of the event will also mark the fourth consecutive year that Stance has played a key support role. Joining the World Championship initially as a Presenting Sponsor in 2015, Stance has since led as the Title Sponsor of the event since 2016, solidifying their brand’s integral and historic role in the growth and development of Adaptive Surfing worldwide.
In 2017, the Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship made history, as a record-breaking 109 athletes united in La Jolla, California to represent their 26 respective nations and compete for Gold in the Paralympic-style, team-based event. The event was the first to take place after the ISA received official recognition from the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and was a key milestone in the ISA’s ambitions to see Para-Surfing included in future editions of the Paralympic Games.
2017 also saw the ISA incorporate women-only divisions into the event for the first time following increased popularity and participation of the sport among women. As a result, the ISA crowned five Women’s World Champions – the first ever in the sport – in a strong display of the talent that has grown in women’s Para-Surfing.
The Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship was launched in 2015 with the goal of building a platform for physically challenged surfers to display their talents in competition. Under the ISA’s leadership the sport has seen an explosion of growth and spurred the spread of the sport across the globe, particularly in Europe, Africa, the Americas, and Oceania. The event’s participation numbers have boomed since the inaugural event with athlete participation increasing nearly 60% and country participation increasing more than 40%.
ISA President Fernando Aguerre said:
“The ISA is proud to host this World Championship for the fourth consecutive year and continue to make Surfing more accessible to those with physical challenges around the world.
“Our commitment to Para-Surfing is representative of our inclusive nature as a Federation and our push to spread the joy of the sport worldwide. Surfing has a therapeutic power to heal that we believe can be used to change people’s lives.
“We would also like to give a big thanks to Stance for extending their support to us in our pursuit to grow the Adaptive Surfing Movement. Stance has been, and will continue to be, an integral part and key partner of our aim to grow and develop Adaptive Surfing within all of our 103 Member Nations.”
Stance President and Co-Founder, John Wilson, said:
“We are excited to continue our involvement in the ISA’s Para-Surfing Movement. We take pride in supporting these incredible, inspirational athletes as they strive to achieve their dreams on a global stage.
“Each of these athletes has a unique story of human originality that perfectly exemplify our mission at Stance. We look forward to watching the world’s best para-surfers take to the water with pride, determination, and sportsmanship.”
Embracing “The Uncommon Thread” as its mantra, Stance turned one of the world’s most boring accessories into its most exciting in less than five years. Stance’s founders saw a category that had been ignored, taken for granted, looked over, dismissed. By breathing life into something that had been overlooked, Stance ignited a movement of art and self-expression that has drawn athletes, performers and iconic cultural influencers to the brand – a group they call the Punks & Poets. And by underpinning its creative roots with a relentless focus on technical innovation, Stance is now found in over 60 countries on those who dare to be different.
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).