Event Art Created by Renowned Southern California Artist, Andy Davis, Stance Joins as Presenting Sponsor
Anticipation is growing for the 2015 ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship presented by Challenged Athletes Foundation, Hurley, Stance and the City of San Diego. An international field of more than 65 athletes from 17 countries will feature the world’s top adaptive surfers to compete on the sport’s highest stage.
Southern California surfer and artist, Andy Davis, brought his passion and energy to the ISA World Championship by creating the official event art, which incorporated his signature mellow, feel-good style. Davis, who has years of experience creating surf art, spoke about this inaugural event:
“It’s an honor to be able to contribute to such a historic event. These adaptive surfers all have inspiring stories and radiate positive energy. It was fun to conceptualize and execute an adaptive surfing piece to represent that feeling. The simple, yet effective use of color celebrates the positive way that these athletes have overcome their obstacles.”
Adding to the building momentum of the event, leading sock brand, Stance, recently committed to supporting the World Championship as a presenting sponsor. Founder and CEO of Stance, Jeff Kearl, expressed his excitement of supporting the event.
“Stance is built on the foundation of art, self-expression and innovation,” said Kearl. “With the way these adaptive surfers are breaking down barriers and performing their art form on waves, it makes great sense to align our brand with this unique, inaugural event. We are looking forward to watching these athletes go out there and push the limits of the sport.”
ISA President Fernando Aguerre commented on the inaugural ISA World Championship, “The ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship will truly be a historic event for the sport of Surfing. It’s about the building of a better world, and the nurturing, healing role of riding waves. The pieces have all come together with great sponsors and athletes. Gathering competitors from 17 countries in this inaugural championship, provides a preeminent platform for the international growth and development of all disciplines of adaptive surfing, and the healing power of waveriding.”
The event schedule is as follows:
- Thursday, Sept. 24 – 8am-1pm: Adaptive Surfing Clinic PST at La Jolla Shores
- Thursday, Sept. 24 – 5pm: Opening Ceremony at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park
- Friday, Sept. 25 – 8am-5pm: Live webcast of Day 1 of competition to begin at La Jolla Shores
- Saturday, Sept. 26 – 10am-3pm: Adaptive Surfing Symposium featuring keynote speakers about the future development of Adaptive Surfing at the CAF headquarters
- Sunday, Sept. 27 – 8am-5pm: Live webcast of Competition Finals at La Jolla Shores to culminate with the event’s Medal and Closing Ceremony.
About International Surfing Association
The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World Governing Authority for Surfing, StandUp Paddle (SUP) Surfing and Racing and all other wave riding activities. The ISA has been crowning World Champions in surfing since 1964, with the ultimate mission to develop surfing globally. To learn more, visit www.isasurf.org.
About Challenged Athletes Foundation
The Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF) is a world leader in helping people with physical challenges lead active, healthy lifestyles. CAF believes that participation in physical activity at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life. Since 1994, more than $64 million has been raised and over 11,000 funding requests from people with physical challenges in all 50 states and dozens of countries have been satisfied. To learn more, visit challengedathletes.org or call 858-866-0959.
Founded in Huntington Beach in 1999, Hurley is a surf lifestyle brand which designs, markets and distributes industry-leading apparel, footwear and accessories. Fueled by innovation, inclusion and empowerment of youth, Hurley is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nike Inc. with headquarters in Costa Mesa, CA and offices in Tokyo, Sydney, Barcelona and Bali. www.hurley.com www.facebook.com/hurley
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).