Sochi, Russia: waves are surfed here

Russia and Slovakia are the newest member of the International Surfing Association (ISA), surfing's official world governing body.

Vladivostok and Sochi are the most famous surfing spots in Russia, the largest country in the world and the ninth most populous. The country offers an extensive coastline of over 37,000 km (22,991 mi) along the Arctic and Pacific Oceans, as well as along the Baltic Sea, Sea of Azov, Black Sea and Caspian Sea.

"We are really happy about being part of the international surf community," said the Russian Surfing Federation President (RSF), Feliks Pak.

"It is very important for the RSF to reach our goal of having surfing recognized as a sport in Russia. Our main objectives are: to promote surfing in Russia, to open surf schools for kids in Vladivostok, to train our judges and coaches in ISA competition rules, and to participate in the ISA World Surfing Games in 2012."

The Slovak Republic, a landlocked state in Central Europe, bordered by the Czech Republic and Austria to the west, Poland to the north, Ukraine to the east and Hungary to the south, has a population of over 5 million.

The current surf population numbers in the hundreds but they are eager develop the sport. The Slovak Surfing Federation is led by President Michal Kostal.