ISA runs successful online course in Chile – Surf Level 1

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Article by Fernando Cataldo, published by

This month we had the honor of participating in the first round of the ISA Surf L1 course in Chile, presented online due to the current nature of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The current ISA L1 presenter is Boris Febre, Technical Director of the Chilean Surfing Federation (FECHSURF) and coach for the National Institute of Sport (IND) ‘Promesas Chile’ program in 2019.

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It should be noted that this activity comes hand in hand with the work that FECHSURF, sponsor of the course, is doing to develop and strengthen surfing from the bottom up; certifying national and international coaches under ISA standards at the beginner level, with the objective of having the same lineament at the time of forming the future talents of our sport. 

The course entailed four days of online sessions, with 16 hours of theory work for the participants, who generated interesting feedback given their varied experience and work related to the activity. Additional knowledge and experience was shared during talks given by outstanding Chilean coaches and professionals in the field, who were invited by Boris Febre to collaborate. 

In order to complete the course the participants will later carry out 20 hours of practical work in the water (under the supervision of an ISA certified instructor) together with completing a workbook and the ISA/ILS Water Safety course.

The ISA Surf Level 1 Course took place in a virtual setting in Chile.

The ISA Surf Level 1 Course took place in a virtual setting in Chile.

4 Days of online work 

On the first day (3-7pm) we had presentations from the presenter and the participants prior to the initial lecture. We then moved on to exploring the role of the ISA instructor, their abilities and qualities, and the importance of communication with the student and the trust you build with them. An outline of a plan of action was presented and we learnt our first safety tips, with an emphasis on the importance of an initial evaluation of the student before starting the lesson.

On the second day we were given and reviewed the ISA Safety Guidelines, we went over the steps prior to giving a surf lesson, and we finished off with a talk from Ralph Henke Müller of Punta del Sur surfboards, who explained the different parts of a surfboard and their function.  

The third day started off with reviewing modules 5 and 6 of the manual, where we were taught the different techniques used to enter the water, how to handle the surfboard and techniques to stand up, among lots of other advice; an interactive class based on the presenter’s own experiences, theoretical information given in the ISA documents and informative videos. The importance of a well-planned lesson was highlighted, and we carried out different exercises to put theory into practice. 

The day came to a close with talks from guest speakers Javier Romero and Francisco Galvez. Javier, ex-coach for the Chilean National Team, is currently coaching the IND ‘Promesas Chile’ program in the region of Tarapacá, and was one of the first professional surfers in the country. Francisco, coach for the IND ‘Promesas Chile’ program in the region of Antofogasta, gave us advice on teamwork and giving surf lessons in difficult conditions (reef breaks).

The fourth and final day began with a talk from the Chilean Surf Federation’s Technical Director for Para Surfing, Francisca Silva. Francisca gave a detailed account of the discipline, its teaching techniques, concepts and projections for the future. Presenter Boris Febre went over final details for each module and explained the necessary documentation process in order to complete the course and receive the certificate. The course finished with a short introduction to ISA Surf Level 2, with the intention of motivating participants in their path to perfecting surf coaching at all levels.

We wish to thank ISA, Boris Febre and all those who took part throughout the course. An experience where we have learnt, reviewed and obtained new skills and tools for teaching those who are interested in surfing, and introducing them to the sport in a safe, fun and supportive manner.

New dates for the next ISA Surf L1 in Chile are likely to be in September 2020, and will be announced by ISA and FECHSURF.

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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).