Online ISA Judging and Officiating Courses

During the current COVID-19 pandemic the International Surfing Association (ISA) is offering our ISA Judging and Officiating Courses virtually to surfers, surf fans, future judges, and those with an interest in competitive surfing. 

This course is the world’s most comprehensive educational program for surf judging and the development and certification of quality surf judges. The course will give you the resources to become a surf judge, a better competitor, an educated surf coach, or a well-informed parent.

Participation options during this time are:

  1. Discounted registration rate of $60 USD which includes access to live streaming course and knowledge it offers.
  1. Additional fee for ISA Certification + ISA Judging Course Materials and competency check 


Upcoming Courses:


Spanish Judging Course April 22-24 – Presented by ISA Course Presenter Jano Sanchez

  • Time is 4-7pm Chilean Time (GMT +3)
  • Contact:


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English Judging Course in Collaboration with Maldives Surfing Association April 1-3 – Presented by ISA Technical Director Erik Krammer 

  • Time is 7-9:30am PST, 7-9:30pm GMT +5


Interested in ISA Judging Courses in your region or language?

Past Courses:



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Curso Internacional de Jueces ISA en Línea (26 y 28 de mayo)

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An ISA Judging Course was delivered in Spanish by ISA Judge and Course Presenter Sergio Gadelha and ISA Technical Director Erik Krammer. The very successful course was presented to 26 judges in South America on May 26 and 28, 2020.

Chile (June 25 -27) – Presented by Jano Sanchez (CHI) – contact:


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On June 25, 26 and 27 during the current COVID 19 pandemic, an ISA Judging Course was presented by ISA Judge and Course Presenter Jano Sanchez from Chile. The course, live streamed from Chile was aimed at surfers, surf fans, coaches, parents, Spanish-speaking judges and athletes. The course was a collaboration between Jano Sánchez, Factor 15 Audiovisual Producer Company, Gungo Graphic Design Agency and the Chilean Surfing Federation.

The dynamic and interactive training included high-level material, updated judging criteria, new interactive exercises, real-time heat evaluation and designed infographics to explain priority. Together with the ISA course material fully translated into Spanish this created a unique audiovisual experience for the course participants.

Israel (April 30 + May 3):


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An online ISA Judging Course in Israel presented by ISA Technical Director Erik Krammer was held in Israel on April 30 and May 3. The course was very successful and the 22 participants that participated gained valuable knowledge about judging and competitive surfing.

USA (April 24-25):

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ISA Judging Course was organized by Surf Education Academy and presented by ISA Technical Director Erik Krammer. 60 participants from 13 countries took part in the course on April 24 and 25.

ISA Judging Course with Surfing England presenter by Andy Joyce on May 13-14, 2020:

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Surfing England and ISA Course Presenter Andy Joyce helped bring some of the wide surfing community together on the evenings of the 13-14 May to take part in an ISA Judging and Officiating course.

ISA Course Presenter Andy Joyce said “I loved running the Judging course online, it’s theory and interactive video based, so works well in the online format. I would thoroughly recommend taking this course if you’re anyway involved in competitive surfing, be it an aspiring judge or official, competing surfer, or even a parent or supporter of one”

A course student reflected on the course:

“Thought the course was excellently presented and the use of the zoom platform was a great option during these difficult times. The breakout room feature was fantastic tool, the ability to see the rest of the course attendees and chat in the breaks was great. Its safe and eco-friendly, means folks can join from overseas without the expense of travel. Worked really well on many fronts. I stayed for most of the heats after and my scores were within a few .2’s or .5’s of the on-screen scores so stoked with that, nice to practice!”

Special thanks to all involved in the course for making it happen: The students, Glide Surf School, the ISA and Surfing England for their support!

Interested in ISA Judging Courses in your region or language?

The ISA Judging and Officiating Course is described by participants as: 

“A MUST-DO for anyone who competes in surfing or parents of competitors. Know what the judges are looking for!”


“Essential for anyone who wants to be a Surf Judge at any level, from community events to professional events.”

“An amazing experience for anyone who surfs or enjoys watching surfing.”