ISA Announces Women’s Judging Program to Promote Gender Equality

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As part of a wide-reaching initiative to promote gender equality in Surfing, the International Surfing Association (ISA) is pleased to announce the launch of a specialized Women’s Judging Program with the overall goal of developing more female judges worldwide.

Presented by ISA Technical Director Erik Krammer and ISA Longboard World Champion and ISA/WSL judge Tory Gilkerson, both members of the Tokyo 2020 judging panel, the program aims to train and develop female judges around the globe, promote gender equality in the profession, and include more qualified women on judging panels for ISA World Championships.

Tory Gilkerson (USA) rides the nose en route to earning the Women’s Gold Medal at the 2018 ISA World Longboard Surfing Championship. Photo: ISA / Tim Hain

Tory Gilkerson (USA) rides the nose en route to earning the Women’s Gold Medal at the 2018 ISA World Longboard Surfing Championship. Photo: ISA / Tim Hain

The program will be held online December 1-3 and is open to all aspiring women judges who are endorsed by their National Federation, and interested in widening their knowledge and experience in surf judging.

To learn more about the program and register, click here. Applications will be accepted until November 20.

ISA President Fernando Aguerre said:

“Surf judging has long been a male-dominated profession, which we need to change. Our goal is to motivate more women to participate in surf judging by providing greater opportunity to both learn and to judge at both the grassroots and World Championship levels.

“Promoting gender equality is a strategic priority for the ISA. This program is just one example of a proactive measure to ensure that more women get involved in surfing within every facet of the sport, including judging.

“Tory Gilkerson is not only an amazing surfer and world-class judge, she’s also a role model for women hoping to break into this field.  She will be an excellent presenter for this course, showing that women can, and deserve to judge at the highest level of the sport. Tory has consistently performed at a high level of this profession, which merited her inclusion in the panel for the Tokyo 2020 Games.

“We are looking forward to accelerating the growth and the development of women judges from all continents of the globe as we continue to push for gender parity in the sport.”

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).