Fernando Aguerre has been re-elected as the president of the International Surfing Association (ISA) while the global governing body has also appointed Barbara Kendall and Casper Steinfath as new vice-presidents.
Aguerre was elected unopposed for an eighth term at the ISA’s Annual General Meeting during the World Surfing Games in Punta Rocas, Peru. Kendall, from New Zealand, is an Olympic windsurfing gold medal-winner and International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, while Steinfath, from Denmark, is a two-time stand-up paddle world champion.
“Electing Barbara Kendall as a vice-president means that the ISA has gained a very experienced Olympic voice,” Aguerre said. “It also means that the ISA can continue in its commitment to gender equality in surfing, ensuring that the make-up of the governing body’s executive committee is a minimum of 40 per cent female.”
Aguerre added: “Casper Steinfath is respected by his peers in the surfing and stand-up paddle racing community around the world, not just because of his surfing abilities, but also because he is somebody we can count on. He has a diverse background, speaks five languages and he will be a great ambassador for the ISA.”
Aguerre continued: “Athletes are central to how the world of sport, including the IOC, operates and it’s great that we now have a young, active athlete in the executive committee to spread the youthful message of surfing. With the new wave technology that is about to transform surfing we are presented with a wonderful opportunity to take the sport to new territories. People who have never even been to the ocean will have the opportunity to surf on consistent, high performance waves. This development really is a game changer for surfing and combined with the sport’s global, youthful appeal, it can drive us towards the goal of Olympic inclusion.”