The ISA is pleased to confirm that it has received important financial support from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
ISA President Fernando Aguerre said:
“I’m personally comforted by the IOC actions under the leadership of President Bach, as we surf these most difficult times for the human race and for our organizations. Solidarity is another way that the love for all we do and represent comes to life. Only with solidarity will we defeat the pandemic and the economic consequences of it.
“Operating and delivering as an Olympic Federation with transparency, accountability and integrity is a responsibility that we take with great pride. As a small, self-funded International Federation with limited resources, we have worked very hard to deliver at an Olympic level, and to meet the high expectations and requirements. In the process, we have developed valuable knowledge, which the IOC’s contribution will now help preserve and further develop.
“While the IOC’s support comes at a critical time in the COVID pandemic, we consider their contribution to be an investment in our collective future. The ISA is fully committed to the success of Olympic surfing in the long-term, through Tokyo, and hopefully Paris 2024, LA 2028 and beyond. It is our highest hope, that all the values that surfing and the ISA bring to the Games and the Movement continue to be recognized now and in the long-term.
“We wish to thank the IOC for their strong and determined leadership in this difficult time of COVID-19. The IOC’s critical support will enable us to continue to serve the athletes and the sport, as we ride together this most challenging wave of our lives.”
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).