After presiding over 20 successful years of elite competition and global development as President of the International Surfing Association [ISA], Fernando Aguerre will stand for re-election at the ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games on 25 October in Punta Rocas, Peru.
Today, Aguerre outlined his vision for the sport and his desire to see Surfing become a fixture on the Olympic Programme, highlighting the ground-breaking wave technology as the ‘game changer’ and a catalyst for the natural progression of the sport.
An Argentinian born entrepreneur and founder of the Reef action sports brand, Aguerre is a pioneer of the Surfing industry and strives to bring the best of business and management to international sports governance.
As the non-profit, world governing body for surfing, recognized by the IOC, the ISA has been crowning surfing World Champions since 1964 and continues to develop and expand the sport of surfing. With the reach of 90 Member Nations and growing to over 100 in 2015, surfing is ready for the sporting world’s greatest stage.
Looking ahead to the Presidential election, Aguerre said today:
“I believe Surfing is at a very exciting stage of its development as a sport.
“Not everyone is lucky enough to live near an ocean, so the new generation of wave technology can create a level playing field and bring surfing to a whole new audience around the world. Wave pools will eradicate the limitations of fading daylight, inconsistent waves and geography. With this innovation, Surfing will further enhance its universality.”
“These new wave pools could provide a stunning venue at an Olympic Games and they will also help stimulate local economies, generate jobs and provide young people with a source of fun and engagement long after the Games have left town. The venues would remain a thriving hub for young people creating an ongoing legacy at the heart of the community. Wave pools make great sense from a sporting perspective but they also make great business sense.”
ISA President Fernando Aguerre with the IOC President Thomas Bach at the historic 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Aguerre will continue his efforts advocating for Surfing’s inclusion in the Olympic Games to the IOC leadership and Olympic family.
“I have a deep-seated belief that Surfing represents a force for good at a time when the world seems to be experiencing so much conflict. In addition to its youthful demographic and unique lifestyle, Surfing offers inclusivity, freedom of expression and harmony with the environment. Together these assets can supplement and enhance the Olympic values of friendship, excellence and fair play.
“Of the 35 million surfers in the world, it is estimated 14 million are aged 12 -24, underlining the sports incredible youth appeal.
“With our young fans, our global events calendar and our star Surfing competitors, we connect with young people in a special way. Surfing is cool and can deliver something very few sports can – the ability to reach out to new Olympic audiences.
“My passion for Surfing is what underpins my desire to grow the sport and seek Olympic inclusion. If I am re-elected as President this will be one of the driving forces of my next four years in office.”
Note to Editors
About the new wave technology:
State-of-the-art, cost-effective wave technology is about to revolutionise Surfing. Capable of delivering 2m high, 180m long, consistent, high-performance waves, the cutting-edge technology will make Surfing accessible to all, regardless of geographical location. The new technology will also modernise elite competition by reinventing the way the sport is judged and presented, making it a great spectacle for live audiences in the arena and for those watching on TV.
About the election:
The ISA Presidential election will take place at the ISA Annual General Meeting on Saturday 25 October 2014 at the ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games in Punta Rocas, Peru. At the current time, there are no other candidates running for President.
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, 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; and World StandUp Paddle (SUP, both surfing and racing) and Paddleboard Champions in 2012.
ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 103 countries on five continents. Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California. It is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (Argentina), first elected President in 1994 in Rio de Janeiro. The ISA’s four Vice-Presidents are Karín Sierralta (PER), Kirsty Coventry (ZIM), Casper Steinfath (DEN) and Barbara Kendall (NZL).