International Surfing Association Adds Cook Islands

international-surfing-federationThe International Surfing Association (ISA) has welcomed the Surfing Cook Islands Association as its 99th and newest Member Federation, further driving the global expansion of the sport

La Jolla, California, April 17, 2016 – The International Surfing Association (ISA) has welcomed the Surfing Cook Islands Association as its 99th and newest Member Federation, further driving the global expansion of the sport.

A newly founded body, the Surfing Cook Islands Association is focused on developing and promoting Surfing and StandUp Paddle [SUP] across the country, encouraging participation at all levels. The organization has also made commitments to:

-Organize and promote regional and national Surfing competitions, exhibitions and meetings for Surfing Cook Islands Members
-Select and prepare Cook Islands surf teams for international competitions
-Cooperate and liaise with international Surfing bodies and associations, environmental organizations and marine focused NGOs
-Preserve the unique culture and bond amongst local surfers, maintaining the respect for one another and the ocean
-Support the ISA in its campaign for inclusion in the Olympic Games and other multisport events

The Association will host the 2016 Cook Islands Winter Open Body Boarding Championships in August and a Surfing Youth Camp will also be organized in the coming months to encourage young people from around the Islands to take up Surfing while also learning the unique cultural values of the sport.

Fernando Aguerre, ISA President, said:

“We’re delighted to welcome Surfing Cook Islands to the ISA family as Surfing and SUP continue to grow and develop around the world. Surfing’s culture and strong values help the sport to create lasting bonds, bringing communities together and creating social opportunities and economic growth – especially in remote island nations such as the Cook Islands.

Falakiko Drollett, Surfing Cook Islands Association President, said:

"Surfing Cook Islands Association is ecstatic to be confirmed as the 99th member of the International Surfing Association.  We look forward to the challenge of international level competition, gaining access to support in best practice through training and scholarship programs for our youth, professionalizing the association and to having a platform to voice our thoughts on the future of Surfing in the international arena.

"Our association is here to grow and develop Surfing as a major sport in the Cook Islands and I'd like to express our appreciation to the ISA for granting our membership. We look forward to a long and successful partnership."

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