La Jolla, California, October 4, 2013 – The International Surfing Association (ISA) is proud to welcome the Czech Republic as its 75th Member Nation of the ISA.
The Czech Republic is centrally located in Europe. It’s bordered by Germany to the west, Austria to the south, Solvakia to the east and Poland to the north, making it a popular destination for travellers from all around Europe and abroad.
“We are incredibly excited to welcome the Czech Republic to the ISA as we near the 100 member list mark,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “Although a landlocked nation, the Czech Republic is home to many surfers, and it also has a vast array of rivers and lakes, creating great potential for the sport of standup paddling to thrive there. Because of its location, it’s also a country that can prove that engaging in wave riding activities can take place anywhere around the globe, without being dependent on the ocean.”
Besides becoming the 75th ISA Member Nation, the Czech Republic is the 22nd country in Europe to become part of the ISA. Neighboring ISA member nation Germany, which boasts one of the fastest growing SUP populations in the globe, makes the Czech Republic a natural fit as an upcoming standup paddle destination. The country has already hosted several stage challenge races in lakes and rivers this past year, as well as a variety of events descending rivers and water channels.
“We are so excited to be a part of the ISA. Being a part of the ISA brings a lot more opportunity to our standup paddlers and surfers who can represent our country on an international stage. It will also let us show that even a landlocked country can compete in waveriding sports at the highest level,” said Czech Federation Stand Up Paddle (CFSUP) President, Stanislav Hubacek. “Besides working with the ISA to provide more opportunities for our own paddlers and surfers, we also look forward to opening our beautiful lakes, reservoirs and rivers to standup paddlers and surf lovers from all the other countries across the globe as well.”
About the International Surfing Association
The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. It was originally founded as the International Surfing Federation in 1964 and has been running the Open Division World Championship since 1964, the World Junior Surfing Championship since 1980, the World Masters Surfing Championship since 2007, the World Bodyboard Championship since 2011, the Hainan Wanning Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival in China, and the World Standup Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship beginning in 2012. The ISA also sanctions the World Kneeboard Titles and the World Tandem Surfing Championship, and will launch the World Longboard Championship in 2013.
ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 75 countries on five continents. Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California. It is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (Argentina), first elected President in 1994 in Rio de Janeiro and re-elected seven times since. The ISA’s four Vice-Presidents are Alan Atkins (AUS), Karín Sierralta (PER), Debbie Beacham (USA) and Layne Beachley (AUS).
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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 Governing Bodies of 104 countries on five continents. Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California. It is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (Argentina), first elected President in 1994 in Rio de Janeiro. The ISA’s four Vice-Presidents are Karín Sierralta (PER), Kirsty Coventry (ZIM), Casper Steinfath (DEN) and Barbara Kendall (NZL).