- 11 November 2009 | Surfing
The International Surfing Association (ISA), the World Governing Authority for Surfing, is now accepting applications for the 2010 ISA Individual Scholarship Program. The ISA aims to award more than forty scholarships to junior surfers around the world.
The Scholarship Program is open to all junior surfers, ages 18 and under. Applicants must prove financial need, be enrolled in school with good standing, and be an inspirational role model to the surfing community.
The ISA Individual Scholarship Program's main objective is to provide financial support in order to facilitate an experience in surfing while encouraging the importance of education. The money must be used to travel to surf contests, buy new surfing equipment, or to foster the junior surfer's education.
The program offers added incentive for national surfing federations to send teams to ISA events, furthering the reach of surfing, as scholarship recipients use the experience to become better surfers, potential national champions and even possibly, world champions - all while continuing with their education.
Two thousand and ten will be the fourth year of the ISA Individual Scholarship Program. In 2009, forty surfers from Africa, Australasia, the Americas and Europe received financial aid and surfing equipment to keep developing their surfing and educational skills. All 40-scholarship recipients are great students, surfers and inspirational role models for their countries and the entire surfing tribe.
The ISA is the first and only surfing association to provide global support specifically dedicated to developing surf skills and education. Many sports have different organizations that offer financial assistance to athletes, but the ISA has decided to take the first step in surfing by looking to the industry and media to support the project that will certainly make surfing stronger in the years to come.
There are thousands of potential ISA Scholarship recipients in the world and, in following one of its most important missions, the ISA has decided to help junior surfers... for a better surfing future.
The ISA Scholarship program has continuously exceeded its expectations due to the generous support from Billabong, the Quiksilver Foundation, Reef Redemption and Global Surf Industries (GSI). The program started with five recipients in 2007, quadrupling in 2008 with 20 recipients. The ISA then doubled the program in 2009, delivering 40 scholarships and once again aims to surpass this number in 2010.
Fernando Aguerre, President of the ISA, said about the great improvement in the program: "I'm very happy that we were able to go from 5 to 20 and then to 40 recipients for the ISA Scholarship Program. This was only possible thanks to the generous donations from Billabong, the Quiksilver Foundation, Reef Redemption and Global Surf Industries, each of whom contributed to the program through funding or board donations. It's great to know that four of the biggest surfing brands in the world have given such a strong support for the program, working together with the ISA for a better surfing future."