THE ISA IS RECOGNIZED BY THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE
ISA WSG 98 Bulgarian Team at World Surfing Games Lisboa, Portugal 1998y
About the ISA
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 Open Division World Championships since 1964, Junior World Championships since 1980, and Masters World Championships since 2007. The ISA also sanctions the World Kneeboard Titles and the Tandem Surfing World Title, and will hold the first World Bodyboard Championship in 2011, and the first World Standup
Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship in 2012. ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 70 countries on five continents. Its headquarters are located in San Diego, 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 three Vice-Presidents are Alan Atkins (AUS), Karín Sierralta (PER) and Debbie Beacham (USA). The ISA is a member of the Association of IOC Recognized International Sports Federations (ARISF), the World
Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), SportAccord, and the International World Games Association, (IWGA).
ISA Member Obligations
All ISA rules should be encapsulated within ISA member National Governing Body rules, including but not limited to:
Code of conduct rule
Annual reporting to ISA to meet ISA Olympic recognition requirement (stats etc).
NGB or ISA insurance should be held for EVERY ACTIVITY.
“Open membership” eligibility – any surfer can be a member of the NGB and thus ISA (including pro surfers).
Members should embrace all ISA disciplines in their operational activities.
Members are expected to support and promote ISA projects including but not limited to the Individual Scholarship Program, Surfschool Register, Coaching and Judging Programs and ISA insurances.