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Presented By Challenged Athletes Foundation, Hurley, Stance And The City Of San Diego, Adaptive Surfers Experience the Joy of Surfing at La Jolla Shores 

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ISA_Clinic_william_surf8-year-old surfer, William Thompson, enjoying the waves at La Jolla Shores during the ISA Adaptive Surfing Clinic. Photo: ISA

Thursday morning kicked off the festivities for the 2015 International Surfing Association (ISA) World Adaptive Surfing Championship, with an Adaptive Surfing Clinic at La Jolla Shores in sunny conditions and glassy waves.

All type of adaptive surfers gathered at the clinic to receive instruction and display their talents in front of the world’s best adaptive surfers. Each participant was provided with a designated instructor to provide him or her with personalized lessons tailored to their skill level.

Joining the action at the clinic was Tim Foreman and Chad Butler from the Grammy award winning rock band Switchfoot and Stance athletes Tanner Rozunko and Brian Bent.

ISA_Clinic_groupshot_athletes_helpersAll ISA Adaptive Surfing Clinic participants gather for a photo in La Jolla Shores.
Photo: ISA/Val Reynolds

President of the ISA Fernando Aguerre commented on the success of the ISA Adaptive Surfing Clinic.

“This is an amazing way to commence the festivities for this inaugural ISA World Championship. Seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces after catching a wave is so inspiring. Some of these kids have never experienced Surfing before; it is incredible to witness the energy and healing power that the ocean provides them.”

ISA_Clinic_tongue_waggingJames Sa from the Challenged Athletes Foundation stoked to be back in the water. Photo: ISA

The ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship will be officially inaugurated Thursday evening at Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park with the Parade of Nations and Sands of the World Ceremony presided by ISA President and the Mayor of San Diego, Kevin Faulconer.

ISA_Clinic_surfer_dog3_ISA_PettyRepresentative of Team USA, Patrick Ivison, sharing a wave with surf therapy dog, Ricochet. Photo: ISA/Petty

The schedule for the event will be as follows:

Thursday, Sept. 24 – 4:15pm: Opening Ceremony at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park

Friday, Sept. 25 – 8am-5pm: Live webcast of competition to begin at La Jolla Shores

Saturday, Sept. 26 – 10am-3pm: Adaptive Surfing Symposium featuring keynote speakers about the future development of Adaptive Surfing at Deni + Jeff Jacobs Challenged Athletes Center.

Sunday, Sept. 27 – 8am-5pm: Live webcast of competition Finals at La Jolla Shores to culminate with the event’s Medal and Closing Ceremony

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About the International Surfing Association:

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).