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The ISA held its World Surfing Games October 5-13 in Huntington Beach, CA. The 1996 ISA World Surfing Games was the world’s largest-ever surfing contest, featuring almost 600 competitors from 36 countries. During this event, the President of the IOC, Mr. Samaranch, sent the “IOC… Read More »

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The Olympic “Questionnaire for admission” is completed and sent back to the International Olympic Committee, pleading the case for  inclusion of surfing in the Olympic games

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IOC President Samaranch, at the conclusion of his June meeting with ISA Chairman Aguerre, unexpectedly announced the creation of a special “IOC President’s Trophy” to be given to the team winner at the ISA World Surfing Games. He further instructed IOC Sports Director Gilbert Felli… Read More »

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ISA Chairman Aguerre concludes a historic meeting with IOC President Samaranch at IOC Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland on June 13. Aguerre met with Mr. Samaranch, IOC Sports Director, Gilbert Felli, and IOC Deputy Sport Director Pere Miró for one hour. Aguerre presented surfing’s case for… Read More »

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Mr. Joao Havelange, President of FIFA (Federation Internationale Football Association-the world’s largest sporting federation), becomes an ambassador for surfing, writing letters to Mr. Samaranch requesting he consider admitting surfing into the Olympic Games.

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Invitations are sent to International Olympic Committee members and United States Olympic Committee members, inviting them to attend the ISA World Surfing Games in October at Huntington Beach.

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The ISA Announces the hosting of the inaugural World Surfing Games (formerly know as ISA World Surfing Championship) to be held in Huntington Beach, California in  October of 1996 and organized by the ISA.

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The International Olympic Committee’s Annual Session ratifies the Executive Board’s decision to officially recognizing the ISA as the International Federation for surfing and bodyboarding, thus formally welcoming the sports to the Olympic movement.

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The IOC’s Executive Board grants the ISA provisional (two year) recognition as “International Federation” for the sport of surfing.

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ISA files application for recognition by the International Olympic Committee.

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Fernando Aguerre is elected Chairman of the ISA in Rio de Janeiro and includes Olympic Surfing as part of the ISA’s plan for inclusion in the Sydney 2000 Olympics Games.

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The Duke was the one who expressed to the International Olympic Committee during the 1912 Olympic Summer Games in Stockholm, Sweden that Surfing belongs in the Olympic Games. It was Duke’s dream that the ISA continues to work on fulfilling today.

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Duke Kahanamoku (August 24, 1890 – January 22, 1968), from Hawaii, was a five-time Olympic Swimming medalist. Considered the Father of Modern Surfing, he was responsible for spreading the sport all over the world.