The International Surfing Association (ISA) has continued to provide virtual educational opportunities during the Covid-19 pandemic, recently running two successful Judging and Officiating Courses online.
The courses, which included an English and a Spanish language offering, included 75 participants from 21 countries, highlighting the global reach and growth of surfing ahead of the sport’s Olympic debut.
The Spanish course, which was held September 24-26, was conducted by ISA Course Presenter Alejandro Sánchez (CHI). The English course was held October 1-3 and delivered by ISA Technical Director Erik Krammer (USA).
The course offering gave participants valuable insight into surf judging to enable them to become a better competitor, an educated coach, or a quality surf judge.
Featuring a tiered pricing approach, the courses give participants the option to follow a pathway to become ISA certified, or simply to attend the course to refresh, study, or gain knowledge about surf judging and competitive surfing.
ISA President Fernando Aguerre said:
“We are proud to continue enhancing and improving our online educational courses. We are pleased to have been able to make our courses more accessible to the global surfing community and to reach new audiences around the world.
“We look forward to watching these participants apply the knowledge that they have gained and improve the surf judging within their national federations, as well as on the international level.”
ISA Technical Director Erik Krammer said:
“It was a pleasure once again to educate a new group of potential judges, competitors, and coaches, giving them the tools and resources to take their knowledge to the next level.
“As the level of surfing continues to go higher and higher, it’s essential for the judging system that evaluates the sport to continue to evolve and improve accordingly.
“It’s rewarding to virtually see all the smiling faces, shakas, and thumbs up from the participants on my Zoom screen as I spread the knowledge of the course, my experiences from competing, judging, and directing events, and of course all the stories that I’ve gathered along the way.”
ISA Course Presenter Alejandro Sánchez said:
“In general terms, the participants were the true protagonists. Thanks to their commitment and desire to learn, a very positive dynamic was generated around the subject of judging. We invited guest speakers from around the world that shared their experiences to keep the material interesting and refreshing.”
To learn about future ISA Judging Courses, click here.
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).