The International Surfing Association (ISA) is proud to announce that 11 National Federations (NFs) have been selected to receive financial support via the ISA’s solidarity fund.
More than USD $35,000 will be distributed to fund projects that will aid communities that have been severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The 11 NFs cover four continents, including Afghanistan, Angola, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and Venezuela.
Projects that will be funded range according to the needs of each individual community, such as community uplift programs, distribution of sanitation supplies, membership fee forgiveness, offsetting economic losses from the downturn in tourism, providing well-balanced food and potable water to families in need, and organizing classes for students that have been unable to attend school remotely since schools closed.
The amount of funds distributed to each country depends on the particular initiatives and projects that each set forward in their applications.
ISA President Fernando Aguerre said:
“The principle of solidarity with our affected National Federations is more important than ever in these difficult times. The global economic downturn has been hard on nearly everyone, but we felt it was essential to support those within the surfing community who have been most impacted.
“We are encouraged by all those in our global surfing family that reached out for help and presented creative initiatives. It warms us to see positive action in a such a difficult time for all.
“This solidarity initiative is a reflection of our mantra “A Better World Through Surfing”. We look forward to receiving reports from around the globe as these initiatives create change.”
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).