ISA Press Release March 2005

1. ISA NEWS
ISA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING DATES ANNOUNCED
The first ISA Executive Committee Meeting of 2005 will be held in La Jolla, California in May this year.
The meeting is scheduled to occur from May 19th through May 21st.

2. ISA EVENTS
QUIKSILVER ISA WORLD JUNIOR SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Event Name: Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships 2005
Event Place: Huntington Beach, California
Host: Surfing America
Eligibility: Any NGB in good standing with the ISA may send selected athletes to participate on their behalf.
Categories: Juniors (Under 18, Under 16, Girls Under 18)

Type of Wave:
Consistent breaks on any swell. North side has a nice right all the way from outside to a fast inside section. Southside has a nice left, fast inside section. The pier is located at Main St. and Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach. The south side of the pier is where most championships have been held.

Schedule and Deadlines (Subject to Change):
October 6, 7: Team Arrival Dates
October 6, 7: Team Registration
October 7: Media Accreditation
October 7: Level 1 Judging Seminar
October 8: Opening Ceremony
October 8 – 16: Contest Dates
October 10: ISA AGM
October 16: Awards Ceremony
October 17, 18: Team Departure Dates

Local History:
Delbert G. Higgins, retired Lifeguard Chief and Fire Chief of Huntington Beach, claims surfers have been surfing in Huntington Beach since 1926 when Duke Kahanamoku and two other Hawaiians came over from Hawaii to make a movie and spotted the surf at Corona Del Mar. Some of the world’s great surfing professionals such as Timmy Turner come from Huntington Beach and use the area north and south of the Huntington Beach Pier for daily practice when not on the road. There are over 50 surfing competitions each year in Huntington Beach, plus the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum, a Surfing Walk of Fame, Surfers’ Hall of Fame and public art honoring surfing. Huntington Beach has become known as Surf City as much for its lifestyle of casual, laid-back living and surf-friendly policies that permit wet feet and boards to be parked at local restaurants and shops.

History of the ISA World Juniors Surfing Championships:
The ISA (International Surfing Association) was first established in 1964 as the ISF. In 1976 it became the ISA and today represents more than 50 national surfing federations on five continents. The ISA is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the International Federation for all wave-riding sports. Its two main events are the ISA World Surfing Games, held every other year since 1964, and the ISA World Junior Surfing Championships, which has been in the World Surfing Games since 1980. The first World Junior Surfing Championships were won by American Tom Curren.In 2003 the ISA decided to consolidate all ISA junior events into an annual event. The inaugural annual ISA World Junior Surfing Championships was held in Durban, South Africa. The junior division was withdrawn from the biennial World Surfing Games and amalgamated with what was the Quiksilver World Grommet Titles into a single new event to provide a singular focus for world junior surfing. The WJSC features U18 and U16 Boys World Championship Divisions as well as an U18 Girls World Championship Division. There is also an ISA CUP event, where 5 competitors from the top participating nations will battle it out in a tag-team format.

4. SURFAID INTERNATIONAL
On behalf of the entire team at SurfAid International, thank you for your continued support of our organization!

We would like to introduce the Notes from the Field (NFTF) section of our website. It is our monthly chronicle, which follows the progress of the team out where it matters—in the villages of the Mentawai Islands. NFTF are posted on our web by the 10th of each month and are available in PDF download formats. We encourage you to read these and to hp us spread the news by sharing with friends and colleagues.

Submitted by Grace Wang of SurfAid, grace@surfaidinternational.org

5. ON THE OLYMPIC FRONT
WORLD “WOMEN AND SPORT” TROPHY 2005 AWARDED TO GIANNA ANGELOPOULOS-DASKALAKI
The IOC’s World “Women and Sport” Trophy 2005 was awarded today to Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, President of the Organising Committee for the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in Athens in 2004, in recognition of her immense contribution to the success of the Athens Games and her inspiring role for other women wanting to get involved in sport and its administration.

During the ceremony held at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, five continental “Women and Sport” Trophies were also awarded to women who played an outstanding role in promoting sport in their countries. The winners are as follows:

– Trophy for Africa: Marguerite Rouamba Karama (Burkina Faso)
– Trophy for Europe: Orna Ostfeld (Israel)
– Trophy for America: Donna Lopiano (USA)
– Trophy for Asia: Annabel Pennefather (Singapore)
– Trophy for Oceania: Lynne Bates (Australia)

For more information on each winner, go to the official IOC website: http://www.olympic.org/uk/news/olympic_news/full_story_uk.asp?id=1269

6. ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS
QUIKSILVER TOGETHER WITH THE SURFRIDER FOUNDATION OF ARGENTINA
(March 26, 2005) Quiksilver Argentina has the pleasure of supporting Cabo Corrientes with Playa Grande (Mar del Plata), in an event organized in conjunction with the Surfrider Foundation of Argentina (the not-for profit organization dedicated to the protection of the ocean, waves and beaches of the world ) beginning at noon. There is no charge for the public to participate in this event.

This will be first stage of the “Oceanic Initiative 2005”, a day of beach clean-up and biological awareness – Playa Grande – Mar del Plata. Samples taken will later be studied to determine of the state of beach.

The schedule of activities:
12:00 PM Free enrollment for Cabo Corrientes participants. Kayaks, windsurf boards, body boards or any motorless water transport will be admitted.
1:00 PM Cabo Corrientes at Playa Grande (depending on the conditions of the sea and wind)
3:00 PM Beach clean-up and Biological awareness – Playa Grande – Mar del Plata.
4:00 PM Diplomas for participants
Once more, Quiksilver together with the Surfrider Foundation in Argentina collaborating in a day devoted to the environment.
Submitted by Prensa Quiksilver Argentina, prensa@quiksilver.com.ar

7. WOMEN IN SURFING
MULANOVICH CHAMPION OF THE SPC FRUIT PRO
(March 25, 2005) Sofà­a Mulanovich this weekend obtained her first victory of the year, by winning the SPC Fruit Pro, the second date of the WCT tour. The current world champion is now in second.

After her early elimination in the last competition, the Peruvian was in top form. In the morning, the quarterfinals, she defeated to Melanie Redman-Carr 16.16 to 13.10; and, in the semifinals later in the afternoon, she defeated the present leader, Megan Abubo, by 15.67 to 14.93. Later in the afternoon, Sofà­a had to face the Australian Serena Brooke for the finals and the respective title. Mulanovich in a magnificent performance scoring 7,83 and 8,00 with her two best waves, while the loser only could add 5,00 and 6.83. The final result: 15.83 to 11,83 in favor of the Peruvian. Bringing her from eighth to second.

The competition today had to be transferred of Bells Beach to Winkipop, due to the presence of strong hostile winds and a low tide of the original scene.

The next competition will take her to Tavarua, Fiji where “the Gringa obtained her first victory last year. Megan Abubo heads the positions with 1728, followed by Sofà­a with 1560, Serena Brooke 1332, Chelsea Georgeson and Claire Bevilacqua with 1116, and Layne Beachley and Melanie Redman-Carr both with 1104.

Submitted by Hans — Peter Firbas, hfirbas@terra.com.pe

8. ADAPTIVE SURFING
2005 LIFE ROLLS ON GOLF TOURNAMENT AND CONCERT
(March 2, 2005) Register Today! The 7th Annual Life Rolls On Night By The Ocean and Golf Tournament is scheduled to be held July 24th and July 25th, 2005 in Los Angeles, CA. The Night By The Ocean evening includes dinner, door prizes, auction, celebrities, and a fantastic concert.

Save your energy for the following morning, as the annual Golf Tournament rolls into the Malibu Country Club. Spaces are already filling up, and registration is extremely limited. To register: https://www.kintera.org/site/apps/ka/rg/ecreg.asp?c=egLLKTNJE&b=79286&en=omJVK6MTIeIPK6OTLlLWKeP7LuIbJiMZJlLSI9OZKmLUKhOeG

9. REGIONAL SURF ASSOCIATION NEWS
NATIONAL WATER SAFETY CONGRESS AWARD
(March 17, 2005) The National Water Safety Congress ‘National Award’ was awarded to Shawn Alladio, on March 16th, 2005 in Newport Beach, California at the International Boating Water Safety Summit to a standing ovation from Summit attendees, the National Water Safety Congress and the National Safe Boating Council bestows upon Shawn Alladio of K38 Water Safety the NATIONAL AWARD. In recognition of superior efforts, accomplishments and contributions to further and promote water safety on a national scare. In 1999, Shawn received the Regional Award for her efforts in education to reduce drownings and educational efforts for the personal watercraft boating community.

For More Information contact http:///www.SafeBoatingCouncil.org or http://www.ShawnAlladio.com

10. INTERNATIONAL NEWS

ARGENTINA
QUIKSILVER YOUTH SURF CHAMPIONSHIP
After two days of competition and camaraderie, the championship organized by Quiksilver, was a singular success, where good sportsmanship stood out and the level of surfing demonstrated by the minors animated throughout the age groups. The event was a qualifier for the ISA Quiksilver World Junior Surf Championships that will be disputed in California next November. The Quiksilver Youth Surf Championship has been sponsored by Nesquik, Topline, Gatorade, Fierce, ASA y Playa El Balcón.
Submitted by Prensa Quiksilver Argentina, prensa@quiksilver.com.ar

BARBADOS
CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR 2005 — BARBADOS SURFING ASSOCIATION
April 23-24, 2005 Surfer of the Year Series (SOTY) 3, Nationals
June 26-27, 2005 Surfer of the Year Series (SOTY) 4
August 20-21, 2005 Surfer of the Year Series (SOTY) 5

BRAZIL
(March 2005) The state of Ceara is back on the Amatuer Maresias Brazilian Surf tour, (the main amateur tour in Brazil) after being off the circuit during the year 2004. The opening event of the tour was on the 11th through the 13th of March, at the beach “Porto das Dunas” which is in the county of Aquiraz, which is 15 kilometers from the city of Fortaleza. The competition has the following categories; Open, Under 18, Under 16, Under 14, Women’s Open, and Women’s Under 18, besides the traditional challenge between teams.

One of the big challenges were for the affiliated states to break the nice sequence of wins by the state of Santa Catarina, champions for the last 2 years. Besides taking the 2004 title, they also took home honors in two individual categories, William Cardoso in Open and also in the Junior category.

Maresias considered one of the biggest surf brands in Brazil, continues to sponsor the Brazilian series for the 2nd year in a row. “The idea is to maintain the sponsor for many years, associating the brand with the series, leaving the athletes assured and have all of the events secured. Besides this, the relationship is very harmonious, and I think this is the best vibe event that we do. ” Said Marketing Director of Maresia Boardtech.

Aquiraz turned 306 years old last weekend, and has a population of 60 thousand inhabitants. It is a touristical town with beautiful hotels and mansions, and one of its biggest attractions is its water park, which is the largest in Latin America.

The series is put on by the Brazilian Surf Confederation and supervised by the MinisOLF TOURNAMENT AND CONCERT
(March 2, 2005) Register Today! The 7th Annual Life Rolls On Night By The Ocean and Golf Tournament is scheduled to be held July 24th and July 25th, 2005 in Los Angeles, CA. The Night By The Ocean evening includes dinner, door prizes, auction, celebrities, and a fantastic concert.

Save your energy for the following morning, as the annual Golf Tournament rolls into the Malibu Country Club. Spaces are already filling up, and registration is extremely limited. To register: https://www.kintera.org/site/apps/ka/rg/ecreg.asp?c=egLLKTNJE&b=79286&en=omJVK6MTIeIPK6OTLlLWKeP7LuIbJiMZJlLSI9OZKmLUKhOeG

9. REGIONAL SURF ASSOCIATION NEWS
NATIONAL WATER SAFETY CONGRESS AWARD
(March 17, 2005) The National Water Safety Congress ‘National Award’ was awarded to Shawn Alladio, on March 16th, 2005 in Newport Beach, California at the International Boating Water Safety Summit to a standing ovation from Summit attendees, the National Water Safety Congress and the National Safe Boating Council bestows upon Shawn Alladio of K38 Water Safety the NATIONAL AWARD. In recognition of superior efforts, accomplishments and contributions to further and promote water safety on a national scare. In 1999, Shawn received the Regional Award for her efforts in education to reduce drownings and educational efforts for the personal watercraft boating community.

For More Information contact http:///www.SafeBoatingCouncil.org or http://www.ShawnAlladio.com

10. INTERNATIONAL NEWS

ARGENTINA
QUIKSILVER YOUTH SURF CHAMPIONSHIP
After two days of competition and camaraderie, the championship organized by Quiksilver, was a singular success, where good sportsmanship stood out and the level of surfing demonstrated by the minors animated throughout the age groups. The event was a qualifier for the ISA Quiksilver World Junior Surf Championships that will be disputed in California next November. The Quiksilver Youth Surf Championship has been sponsored by Nesquik, Topline, Gatorade, Fierce, ASA y Playa El Balcón.
Submitted by Prensa Quiksilver Argentina, prensa@quiksilver.com.ar

BARBADOS
CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR 2005 — BARBADOS SURFING ASSOCIATION
April 23-24, 2005 Surfer of the Year Series (SOTY) 3, Nationals
June 26-27, 2005 Surfer of the Year Series (SOTY) 4
August 20-21, 2005 Surfer of the Year Series (SOTY) 5

BRAZIL
(March 2005) The state of Ceara is back on the Amatuer Maresias Brazilian Surf tour, (the main amateur tour in Brazil) after being off the circuit during the year 2004. The opening event of the tour was on the 11th through the 13th of March, at the beach “Porto das Dunas” which is in the county of Aquiraz, which is 15 kilometers from the city of Fortaleza. The competition has the following categories; Open, Under 18, Under 16, Under 14, Women’s Open, and Women’s Under 18, besides the traditional challenge between teams.

One of the big challenges were for the affiliated states to break the nice sequence of wins by the state of Santa Catarina, champions for the last 2 years. Besides taking the 2004 title, they also took home honors in two individual categories, William Cardoso in Open and also in the Junior category.

Maresias considered one of the biggest surf brands in Brazil, continues to sponsor the Brazilian series for the 2nd year in a row. “The idea is to maintain the sponsor for many years, associating the brand with the series, leaving the athletes assured and have all of the events secured. Besides this, the relationship is very harmonious, and I think this is the best vibe event that we do. ” Said Marketing Director of Maresia Boardtech.

Aquiraz turned 306 years old last weekend, and has a population of 60 thousand inhabitants. It is a touristical town with beautiful hotels and mansions, and one of its biggest attractions is its water park, which is the largest in Latin America.

The series is put on by the Brazilian Surf Confederation and supervised by the Minister of Sports and the Brazilian Olympic Committee. Maresia Boardteck sponsors it. Besides Maresia, the contest in Ceara also had sponsors from the “Beach Park” and support from the Ecologia, the State and Local Governments, Sesc-CE, Teccel, Beach Park Suites Resort, and Rádio Rock.2nd Series Place TBA, in Sao Paulo , the 15rh through the 17th of April 3rd Series will be on the Cost of Sauipe in the state of Bahia, the 10th through the 12th of June 4rh Series on the Island of Honey, (Ilha do Mel) on the 22nd through the 24th of July

Submitted by Ader Oliviera , CBS, cbsassessoria@uol.com.br

CHILE
FECHSURF PUERTACILLA CLASSIC #3
(March 1-6, 2005) The third annual national championships of FECHSURF were a week of competition, camping and surfing, combining nighttime sessions and high-level surfing. The wave conditions varied throughout the week from small but perfect and fast for the Open Professional category (or Perro Perro as it was renamed for the event) to over 2 meters for the Over 30 category (“Viejos Perros). The conditions got even better later for the first two finals “Perro Perro and “Cacharo (under 18). The two finals were very competitive and culminated into the performance of the entire week. In “Perro Perro the duel was man to man between Diego Medina and Ryan Cabezas both with waves scoring 9 points by the judges. It was very complicated to measure the technical and efficient perfection that was the machine Cabezas against Medina who effortlessly combined tubes, vertical sections, cutbacks, and snaps under the lip. Sunday continued with “Viejo Perro where the “Pelé of Chilean Surf, Renato “Pelecho” Aguirre, dominated. To finish the fiesta, “las chiquillas faced waves of around 2 meters with tubes, long rides, and some fierce wipeouts. The experienced Valentina clearly dominated and took first place. The championship emphasized the hard work of the judges, followed by FECHSURF, taking advantage of the judging courses and ALAS. Thank you to all the judges, to all those that worked, the benefactors and sponsors: Surfers Paradise, Dreamstyle, Ocean Earth, DaKine, Gul, FCS, Revista Marejada, Municipalidad de Navidad, Federación Chilena de Surf.
Submitted by Surfer’s Paradise Chile: george@netline.cl

COSTA RICA
CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR 2005 – NATIONAL SURF CURCUIT COSTA RICA
April 9-10, 2005 Playa Nosara, Guanacaste
May 28 – 29, 2005 Playa Hermosa, Puntarenas

Calendar submitted by Federacion Tico de Surf, info@surfingcr.com

FRANCE
BIARRITZ SURF FESTIVAL
(July 9 — 11, 2005) Website: www.biarritzsurffestival.com World Championship of Surf WLT Man and Woman 2005, and the European Championship (EPSA)

For more information email: information@biarritzsuffestival.com

GUATEMALA
CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR 2005 — ASOSURF GUATEMALA
April 23-24, 2005 International Championships G-land Surfboards, Barra de Iztapa
August 6-7, 2005 Nationals, Champerico
September 24-25, 2005 Nationals Final, Sipacate
November 12 — 13, 2005 Viking Surfboards Championships
November 21-22, 2005 National Bodyboard Championships, Morterrico

Calendar submitted by Asosurf, asosurf@hotmail.com

IRELAND
IRISH SURFING ASSOCIATION NEWS UPDATE
(March 23, 2005) Following on from a successful Outdoor Adventure Show, the Irish Surfing Association is going from strength to strength. Hundreds more have signed up to the newsletter and the website is being visited by more and more people every passing week! (If you know of anyone who might be interested please sign them up to the newsletter on the main page of the ISA’s website Irish Surfing Association – Ireland – Home).

The main news this month is that the chairman of the West Coast Surf Club and Irish Surfing Association executive member, Alan Coyne has decided to take a back seat at both club and Irish Surfing Association level. Alan Coyne has been one of the most important members