Olympic Solidarity Program Sows Seeds for A Better World Through Surfing in Angola

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The International Surfing Association (ISA) is proud to announce the successful completion of a development program in Angola organized by Angolan Water Sports Federation (FADEN in Portuguese) with the valuable support of Olympic Solidarity.

Angolan surfers and ISA Membership and Development Manager Alex Reynolds spreading the stoke in Luanda, Angola.

Angolan surfers and ISA Membership and Development Manager Alex Reynolds spreading the stoke in Luanda, Angola.

This surfing development program, which featured ISA Coaching and Instructing, ISA/ILS Water Safety, and ISA Judging and Officiating Courses, laid the foundation for a better world through Surfing in Angola by impacting the full surf development spectrum including grassroots surf instruction, surf tourism, and the competitive development pathway.

The ISA was pleased to partner with FADEN and support the development work of their passionate surfers and social projects in Angola, creating opportunities for local surfers and growing the sport in a positive and sustainable manner.

Angola has a coastline full of quality, underutilized surf resources and immense potential to develop in a sustainable manner. 

The ISA development program, conducted by ISA Course Presenter Hans van den Broek (NED), began with the ISA/ILS Water Safety Course, which was of immense importance to equip the local surfing community with essential water safety knowledge and techniques to increase awareness and drowning prevention. Having been presented to over 1,300 instructors in 26 countries to date, the course is the result of a strategic partnership with the International Lifesaving Federation to promote water safety in the surf environment.

ISA Course Presenter Hans van den Broek presents the ISA/ILS Water Safety Course in Cabo Ledo, Angola.

ISA Course Presenter Hans van den Broek presents the ISA/ILS Water Safety Course in Cabo Ledo, Angola.

In addition to the water safety course, the ISA Surf Level One Instructor Course was conducted for a group of 18 instructors who were eager to learn and increase their knowledge and abilities. The increased knowledge and professionalism gained from the course, along with the ISA certification, will generate additional opportunities for the instructors moving forward. 

Included in the ISA development program were the staff from the Vanderful Seeds of Hope project, which teaches local African surfing communities to make wooden surfboards and organic surf wax from locally sourced materials. This grassroots project teaches local surf communities a sustainable craft that will create both business and surfing opportunities.

Wood surfboards crafted by local Angolans with the support of the Vanderful Seeds of Hope project.

Wood surfboards crafted by local Angolans with the support of the Vanderful Seeds of Hope project.

Rounding out the program, the ISA Judging and Officiating Course was run in the capital city of Luanda as a precursor to a local surfing competition. Trained, quality surf judges are critical for the progression of competitive surfing as athletes can receive consistent feedback on their competitive performance. 

FADEN welcomed this development program and the positive impact it had in Angola, which joined the ISA in 2018 as the 104th member nation.

FADEN Vice-President for Surfing Marcelino Barros said:

“In Angola, we are in the very first steps in Surfing so this program and international knowledge was very important for us to build a solid foundation that we can now grow upon. The local surf community was eager to learn and this program equipped them with important skills and techniques to move forward and make things happen. They are now ambassadors and role models for the future of Surfing in Angola. We are thankful for the support of FADEN and Olympic Solidarity to make this program a reality.” 

ISA President Fernando Aguerre, said: 

“The ISA is proud to continue promoting the development of surfing in all corners of the globe with the support of Olympic Solidarity. These programs provide us with tools to access the most overlooked and underdeveloped regions of the world where we can plant seed of surfing to grow and propagate its joy to all. 

“We look forward to a prosperous, sustainable future for Surfing in Angola and hope to see them soon competing in ISA World Championships.”

To learn more about Surfing in Angola please contact: 

Angola Waves (https://www.angolawaves.com/)

[email protected]

FADEN (https://www.facebook.com/fadenangola

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, 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 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).

For more information, please visit www.isasurf.org

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