International Surfing Association

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International Surfing Association
Sport Surfing
Jurisdiction International
Founded 1976
Headquarters San Diego, California, U.S.
Official website

The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the world governing authority for surfing and all its waveriding disciplines, including bodyboard, kneeboard, longboard, tandem, skimboard and bodysurf. The ISA promotes its World Championship events as the true “Olympics” of the sport.[1]

History of the ISA[edit]

The ISA was originally named the International Surfing Federation (ISF) between 1964 and 1973. An Open Division World Championships has been contested biennially since 1964, a Junior World Championships since 1980, a Masters World Championships since 2007 and a Stand Up Paddle World Championship since 2011.[2]

ISA Membership[edit]

The ISA only accepts membership from national governing bodies.[3] There are 51 full members, 7 provisional members, to be ratified in 2012 and 14 applying members.

Full Members[edit]


Country Member Name
 Argentina Asociación de Surf Argentina (ASA)
 Australia Surfing Australia
 Austria Austrian Surfing - Österreichischer Wellenreitverband
 Bahamas Bahamas Surfing Association (BASA)
 Barbados Barbados Surfing Association
 Brazil Confederação Brasileira de Surf, CBSurf
 Canada Canadian Surfing Association
 Cape Verde Skibo Surf Club
 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei Surfing Association
 Colombia Asociacion Colombiana de Surf (ACS)
 Costa Rica Federación de Surf de Costa Rica
 Dominican Republic Federacion Dominicana de Surf (FEDOSURF)
 Ecuador Federación Ecuatoriana de Surf
 El Salvador Federación Salvadorena de Surf
 France Fédération Française de Surf
 Germany Deutscher Wellenreit Verband (DWV)
 United Kingdom Surfing Great Britain
 Guam Guahan Napu Inc. (Guam Surf & Bodyboard Association)
 Guatemala Guatemala Surfing Association (ASOSURF)
 Hawaii Hawaii Amateur Surfing Association (HASA)
 Hungary Hungarian Surf Association
 Ireland Irish Surfing Association
 Israel Israel Surfing Association
 Italy Federazione Italiana Surfing (FISURF)
 Jamaica Jamaica Surfing Association
 Japan Nippon Surfing Association
 Lebanon Liberian Surfing Federation
 Maldives Maldives Surfing Association
 Mexico Federación Mexicana de Surfing, A.C.
 Morocco Federation Royale Marocaine de Surf et Bodyboard (FRMSB)
 Namibia Namibia Surfing Association
 New Zealand Surfing New Zealand Inc.
 Papua New Guinea Surfing Association of Papua New Guinea
 Peru Federación Peruana de Tabla
 Poland Polskie Stowarzyszenie Surfingu
 Portugal Federação Portuguesa de Surf
 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Surfing Federation
 Russia Russian Surfing Federation
 Senegal Federation Senegalaise de Surf
 Slovakia Slovak Surfing Association
 Slovenia Surf Zveza Slovenije
 Somalia Somali Surfing Association
 South Africa Surfing South Africa
 Spain Federeración Española de Surf
 Sweden Swedish Surfing Association
  Switzerland Swiss Surfing Association
 Tahiti Federation Tahitienne de Surf
 Trinidad and Tobago Surfing Association of Trinidad & Tobago
 Turkey Turkish American Sports Club
 United States Surfing America
 Uruguay Union de Surf del Uruguay (USU)
 Venezuela Federación Venezolana de Surfing

Provisional Members, to be ratified in 2012[edit]

Country Member Name
 Aruba Aruba Surf Association, ARUSURF
 Bulgaria Bulgarian Extreme Water Sports Association
 Chile Chilean Surfing Federation
 Fiji Fiji Surfing Association
 Netherlands Holland Surfing Association
 Panama Asociación Panameña de Surf
 Philippines Republic of the Philippines Surfing Association

Applying Members[edit]

Country Member Name
 China Surfing China
 UAE Emirates Surfing Association
 Ghana Ghana Surfing Association
 Greece Greek Surfing Association
 India Surfing Federation of India
 Indonesia Indonesian Surfing Association (INASA)
 Ivory Coast Cote d'Ivoire Surfing Association
 Kiribati Kiribati Surfing Association
 South Korea Korea Surfing Association
 Malaysia Malaysian Surfing Association
 Nicaragua Nicaragua Surfing Association
 Singapore Surfing Association of Singapore
 Thailand Surfing Thailand
 Vanuatu Vanuatu Surfing Association

Awards & Honor[edit]

Somewhat in line with the tradition of the Olympic Games a gold, silver, bronze and copper medals are awarded to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th placed athletes who compete for the honor to represent their country and national colors, in the true nature of surfing's aloha spirit and fair play.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ISA History (accessed 28 April 2011)
  2. ^ ISA About (accessed 28 April 2011)
  3. ^ ISA How to Become a Member (accessed 28 April 2011)
  4. ^ ISA History (accessed 28 April 2011)

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