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Course provides opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about judging criteria and methods used in top surfing competition around the world


San Juan Capistrano, Calif. – March 19, 2014 – Surfing America, the National Governing Body for surfing in the USA, is pleased to announce that it will be holding its popular ISA Judging and Officiating Course on April 2, 2014 at the Marine Discovery Center in New Smyrna Beach, FL.  This event is designed to coincide with the NSSA East Coast Championships and falls on the day before the competition begins.

The ISA Judging & Officiating Development Program is the result of 15 years of research and development and is recognized as the most comprehensive judging education program in the world.  The program has been completely updated and this program features new material.

Surfing America and the ISA are both committed to the continued growth and success of surfing worldwide and recognize the need for a standardized accreditation course. The quality and credibility of every competition hinges on the education of its officials. And judging is the cornerstone upon which this credibility is measured.

“Developing a judging education program like this is extremely important to the future of our sport,” said Erik Krammer, Surfing America’s Judging Director. “And the fact that this same program is being offered globally will help to ensure consistency all around the world.”

All judges that complete the ISA Judging & Officiating Accreditation Course are registered on the ISA International Judge’s Register for 1 year and receive newsletters and an official ISA International Judges’ Identification card.

“These events have been a great success, receiving high marks from all those in attendance” said Greg Cruse, Surfing America’s executive director.  “Fair and accurate judging is the foundation of well run competition.  With all the variables in surfing, maintaining the highest caliber of judging is essential.  This important initiative speaks to Surfing America’s Mission Statement and further enhances the organization’s role as the National Governing Body for surfing in the United States.  We plan to help all Surfing America member organizations become actively involved in this program as well–ensuring the competitive pathway is uncluttered as it can possibly be with regard to consistency and understanding about judging and contest results.”

Here are the event details:

Marine Discovery Center, New Smyrna Beach, FL

Who:       Judges, Officials, Competitors, Coaches, Parents, and all interested parties!

When:     Wednesday, April 2, 2014 – 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Where:    520 Barracuda Blvd., New Smyrna Beach, FL  32169
Phone: (386) 428-4828
Doors will open 30 minutes in advance for registration.
Presenter:  Erik Krammer – Surfing America Judging Director   internationalsurfservices@gmail.com  or  erikkrammer@surfingamerica.org
Price:  $120 in advance on-line via credit card (includes lunch and refreshments)
Sign-up:  Advance registration on-line at: www.surfingamerica.ticketsocket.com

Content:  A globally standardized educational program for the sport of surfing utilizing a newly updated extensive judging course manual and interactive DVD which will provide International Level 1 Certification, International and National Registration, and access to the International Judges Exchange Program.  Attendees will leave with a course manual.
Questions?  Contact gregcruse@surfingamerica.org