ISA Launches Annual Scholarship Program for Underserved Youth

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The International Surfing Association (ISA) is proud to announce the continuation of its annual scholarship program aimed at supporting underserved surfers 18 years of age and under.

A total of USD $20,000 will be awarded to surfers based on their financial need and dedication to both surfing and education. 

2019 ISA Scholarship winner from Senegal, ‘Sita’, used to his award towards his education, a new wetsuit, and a new surfboard.

2019 ISA Scholarship winner from Senegal, ‘Sita’, used to his award towards his education, a new wetsuit, and a new surfboard.

Since 2007, more than 300 youth surfers around the globe have become ISA scholarship ambassadors, receiving a grand total of USD $328,500 for education, surf equipment, and competition training and coaching.

The ISA Scholarship Program has proven successful in aiding the growth and development of U-18 surfers around the world. In 2019, twelve ISA Scholarship ambassadors from seven nations were selected to compete on their national teams at the VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship.

The application window for the scholarships is now open and closes on September 30. 

Hannah, from Ghana, received an ISA Scholarship in 2019 and has become a local leader of her local surf club.

Hannah, from Ghana, received an ISA Scholarship in 2019 and has become a local leader of her local surf club.

ISA President Fernando Aguerre said: 

“We have always known that our commitment to the global development of surfing goes way beyond competition. The ISA Scholarship Program is a shining example of that commitment, and for me personally, a great source of pride and gratification. 

“While relatively small in resources, this program has had a huge impact on the lives of these young people.  This program puts into practice our mission of a better world through surfing by fostering education and the joy of surfing. 

“I’ve been able to meet many of these surfers and watch them grow up throughout the years. It really touches my heart to watch them succeed in not only surfing, but life, also with a little help from the ISA.

“With Surfing set to debut in the Youth Olympic Games in Dakar in 2026, many of these young scholarship winners could find themselves as Olympians sooner than they realize.”

To learn more about the ISA Scholarship Program and to apply, click here.

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).
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