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

Dane Williams

The worst nightmare became a very sad reality. Dane Williams, a 23 year-old working man, has been confirmed dead after being found in a City Heights alley.

The San Diego county medical examiner has confirmed that the body found is of the Hurley's marketing department dedicated worker and surfer.

Williams was attending the Action Sports Retailers trade show, in San Diego. Police is investigating the causes of his sudden and unexpected death.

ASP 2008

The 2008 ASP World Tour roster has been eliciting excitement among the surfers and ASP enthusiasts alike since the new Top 45 were confirmed last December. In three short weeks, the world will take a front row seat to what many are expecting to be a mind-blowing season.

The arrival of rookies Jordy Smith (ZAF) and Dane Reynolds (USA), an inspired Australian contingent (courtesy of Aussie Mick Fanning’s 2007 ASP World Title) and the undeniable depth of talent delivered by multiple ASP World Champions Andy Irons (HAW) and Kelly Slater (USA), are expected to catapult competitiveness in the lineup to an all-time high.

“I think the 2008 tour will be extra exciting,” Fanning said. “With all the new rookies and the usual suspects I think every one will turn it up another notch. As always, everyone will be super fired up and I am hoping this year will be the best ever on tour.”

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