ISA Schools

The business of running surf schools in a professional way remains a key subject for the ISA. As surfing continues to experience explosive growth, so does the need to grow the surfing schools sector in a professional and orderly manner.

From the very beginner all the way to the top professional surfers, surfing education is a key element for the development of surfing. Running surfing schools under worldwide standards will provide for years of sustained growth for schools

When looking at the world of surf schools its fair to say we see a "mixed bunch", some small, some large, some struggling to survive, some with thriving business, some regulated by government and some not.

A certainty is that the sport of surfing will continue to expand in every country and with this increased popularity will come Government controls that require a professional approach to the business of running a surf school.  

The ISA has continued its work in the process of appointing "official presenters" around the world for its coaching (surfing instructors) accreditation courses.  Currently the ISA has Surfing NZ, Surfing Australia, Hiro Takahashi & Matt Sato - Coombe at AIP Japan, Marcos Conde at CBS Brasil, Johnny Nesslinger at Austrian Surfing and Alessandro Dini at Viareggio Surf school, Italy.

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Chris Ward

ASP World Tour surfer Chris Ward (USA) has relinquished his spot in the first event of the year, the 2008 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, to replacement surfer Nic Muscroft (AUS).

Ward, who is currently facing criminal charges after an alleged altercation outside of a bar in Mammoth Lakes, California, last month, will not surf the season opener, but plans to compete at the second event on the 2008 tour in Bells Beach, Australia in March.

He is also slated to surf in two events of the upcoming Australian leg of the ASP’s World Qualifying Series (WQS).

As per the original statement released last month, the ASP has investigated the matter and will await the outcome of the court case before making any decisions on Ward’s eligibility to compete on tour. At present, no court dates have been set.

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ISA Scholarship

After a careful revision by the Scholarship Selection Subcommittee the ISA has announced the recipients of the 2008 ISA Individual Scholarship Program.

The following surfers are now ISA Surfing Ambassadors in every corner of the world. They are also inspirational human beings, great surfers and students that want to succeed in the surfing world but at the same time, taking care of their studies.

2008 ISA Individual Scholarship recipients:

Juninho Urcia-Peru
Nao Umura-Japan
Isaac Norman-Canada
David Villaroel–Ecuador
Juan Mateos-Spain
Ametza Nicholls–Barbados
Chelsea Tuach–Barbados
Brian Masmut-Argentina
Martin Carricart–Argentina
Fredy Morales–Guatemala
Bertie Stuurman-South Africa
Carlos Munoz-Costa Rica
Alberto Munoz-Costa Rica
Tomas Villegas–Chile
Holly Donnelly-Great Britain
Howard Andres Gomez–Colombia
Ackeam Phillips–Jamaica
Eduar Santana-Dominican Republic
Angel  Compres-Dominican Republic
Monyca Byrne-Wickey–Hawaii

For 2008, the ISA has grown 400% in one year thanks to the support from Billabong, Quiksilver Foundation and Reef Redemption.

Last year recipients were South Africa’s Lungani Memani, Chile’s Guillermo Satt, Jamaica’s Imani Wilmot, Ecuador’s Diego Vargas and Peruvian Juninho Urcia who all had the best year of their surfing careers.

Some of these surfers are no longer juniors, others found new sponsorships, however in the case of the young Urcia, from the Caballitos de Totora capital, Huanchaco, he´s the only one receiving the scholarship for the second year in a row.

Surfers from 20 countries applied for the 2008 scholarship: Peru, Japan, Canada, Ecuador, Spain, Barbados, Bulgaria, Argentina, Guatemala, South Africa, Costa Rica, Chile, Great Britain, Holland, Colombia, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Hawaii, United States and Uruguay, applied this year showing a great enthusiasm and need for that financial support in order to keep following their dreams.

Congratulations to the 2008 ISA Scholarship Program recipients, ISA’s new surfing ambassadors. 

Source: ISA