Turkish wave riders join the International Surfing Association

September 26, 2012 | Surfing
Turkey: waves break here

Surfing in Turkey? Yes, it is possible in both the Mediterranean and Black Sea. The waves are fun and break in places like Alanya, Anamur, Embryo Point, Aglaynkaya and Merkez Sile among others.

Turkey has joined the International Surfing Association (ISA), surfing's world governing authority recognized by the International Olympic Committee.

The Republic of Turkey is a Eurasian country located in Western Asia and in Southeastern Europe. Turkey is bordered by eight countries: Bulgaria to the northwest; Greece to the west; Georgia to the northeast; Armenia, Azerbaijan and Iran to the east; and Iraq and Syria to the southeast.

The best season to surf in Turkey is during the winter in the Northern Hemisphere, from December to March, when the swells are more consistent and the winds blows offshore.

The Mediterranean Sea and Cyprus are to the south; the Aegean Sea is to the west; and the Black Sea is to the north. The Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles (which together form the Turkish Straits) demarcate the boundary between East Thrace and Anatolia; they also separate Europe and Asia.

"I'm looking forward to seeing the Turkey National Surfing Team compete in the 2013 ISA World Surfing Games, as they have already committed to participate. With surfing being developed in Turkey, it's a great step forward in growing the sport in the region and the rest of Asia", says Fernando Aguerre, ISA president.

Turkey is the 72th country to join the International Surfing Association.