PRESS RELEASE: INTERNATIONAL SURFING ASSOCIATION (ISA)
August 15, 2017
First edition of event under Paralympic recognition to take place November 29 – December 3 in La Jolla, California
The International Surfing Association (ISA) is delighted to announce that Stance has agreed to continue their dedicated support of Adaptive Surfing and continue as Title sponsor of the Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship for two more years, through 2018.
Stance, an innovative, industry-leading lifestyle brand, first joined the inaugural edition of the event in 2015 as a presenting sponsor. In 2016, Stance stepped up their support to become the event’s first title sponsor and now has committed to continuing as the top supporter of the event through 2018, solidifying their brand’s integral, historic role in the growth and development of Adaptive Surfing world-wide.
“At Stance, we are excited to continue being a part of this amazing event,” said President and Co-Founder of Stance, John Wilson. “Each athlete has an inspiring story of perseverance, courage, and determination that epitomize our core value of human originality.
“We have watched Adaptive Surfing blossom before our eyes at the last two editions of the event. We are looking forward to contributing to this incredible community in a positive way and being part of the sport’s journey towards Paralympic inclusion. We know that with hard work these athletes can make their countries proud and get to the world’s greatest sporting stage.”
The 2017 edition of the World Adaptive Surfing Championship, taking place from November 29 to December 3 at La Jolla Shores beach in La Jolla, California, will notably be the first since the ISA was officially recognized by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) as the International Federation for the sport of Para Surfing (Adaptive Surfing) and will mark another step towards the ISA’s ambitions of including Adaptive Surfing in the Paralympic Games.
In 2015, the inaugural ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship became the first-ever world championship platform for surfers with physical challenges. At the time, 69 athletes from 18 countries around the world gathered to unite through Surfing. The second edition of the event in 2016 exemplified the exceptional growth of the sport, as 77 athletes from 22 countries participated in the event, breaking the record for country and athlete participation, which is expected to be broken again in 2017.
The reverberating effects of Adaptive Surfing’s growth can be felt not only at the world championship, but also at the numerous national championships around the globe that have ridden the wave of momentum created by the ISA. ISA Member Nations such as France, Australia, Chile, Brazil, USA, Hawaii, and South Africa have all held their own National Championships to select teams for the event, with more set to do so before the upcoming World Championship.
Adding to the prestige of the event, renowned Southern California surf artist, Andy Davis, brought his passion and energy to the World Championship and created the official artwork for the third consecutive year.
ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said:
“The ISA is proud and excited to make Surfing more accessible to those with physical challenges. These world-class athletes deserve a world-class platform to compete, share best practices, and crown world champions.
“The ISA’s commitment to Adaptive Surfing has never been greater, as we are spearheading the movement via working with the International Paralympic Committee, organizing the World Championship, Adaptive Surfing clinics, symposiums, and leading important development initiatives through our National Federations.
“I would like to give a huge thanks to Stance, who has shown their passion and commitment to being a socially responsible brand that makes a positive impact on the world. Stance has been a key partner in growing and developing Adaptive Surfing and we are thrilled to continue to count on their invaluable support.”
The 2017 edition of the event will follow the team competition format that debuted in 2016, which resulted in Team Brazil earning the honor of the first-ever Adaptive Surfing Team World Champion in history.
The full schedule of events for the ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship will be announced soon on isasurf.org.
For more information about Adaptive Surfing, click here.
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About The International Surfing Association:
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 103 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).