- 21 February 2014 | Surfing
The Association of Latin American Professional Surfers (ALAS) has been officially recognized by the International Surfing Association (ISA).
Founded in 2001 in Lima, Peru, the ALAS Latin Tour has grown and helped develop surfing and standup paddle (SUP) in all of the Latin American region through various contests and development efforts.
There are over eight ALAS Latin Tour Professional Surfing, SUP, and Bodyboard Circuit events in ten countries that take place every year. In just over a decade, the organization has helped produce a long list of international Latin American Champions.
"Now, as an official ISA member, ALAS will be able directly support the ISA's mission of developing surfing globally by better preparing regional surfers for a successful competitive future internationally", said ISA President Fernando Aguerre.
ALAS currently has athletes in its competition from 18 countries including, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Barbados, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Uruguay and Trinidad and Tobago.
In addition to ALAS, other ISA Recognized International Surfing Organizations include the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), European Surfing Federation (ESF), Pan-American Surf Association (PASA), and the Christian Surfers International (CSI).