Date : 19 Apr 2018
La Jolla, California, April 19, 2018: As Surfing prepares for its Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020, the International Surfing Association (ISA) has ramped up the development of its coaching and instructing initiatives to help promote the worldwide growth of Surfing and Stand Up Paddling (SUP), particularly in non-traditional Surfing nations.
The ISA saw a record number of participants take part in its Coaching and Instructing Program in 2017, with over 2,500 coaches and instructors from 65 countries involved. The landmark year boosted the ISA’s total amount of certified Surfing and SUP instructors to well over 5,000 worldwide.
In particular, great strides were made in the development of SUP, with courses offered for the first time in new ISA Member Nations such as Iran (2016) and Lithuania (2015). 34 Iranians and 22 Lithuanians participated in ISA SUP Courses, highlighting the ISA’s fundamental goal to introduce and develop SUP, the world’s fastest growing water sport, to new territories around the globe.
For 2018, the ISA has built on this record participation and increased the course offerings and opportunities, with nearly 200 Surfing and SUP courses scheduled across all five continents of the globe. On top of this, the ISA accessed the benefits of Olympic inclusion during 2017 – partnering with Olympic Solidarity – the IOC’s development initiative – to foster the grass-roots growth of Surfing in non-traditional Surfing nations.
Asia will be one of the main focuses for OS support in 2018. The global growth of the ISA’s development programs mirrors the growth of Surfing as a whole, particularly since Olympic inclusion in August of 2016. Non-traditional surfing nations such as Russia, Iran, Chinese Taipei and Lithuania have seen an increase in Surfing’s popularity and, as a result, more demand in ISA Courses.
*The ISA was founded in 1964 and has 103 member federations on five continents.
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