ISA introduces new event to boost Olympic and Paralympic ambitions

The International Surfing Association (ISA) has boosted the sport’s case for Olympic and Paralympic inclusion by introducing its first World Adaptive Championship.

The inaugural championship, to be held from September 25-27 in La Jolla, California, has been announced as part of the ISA’s World Championship Series schedule for 2015, which includes eight competitions taking place across four regions.

As part of the calendar, the ISA will return to the US for the first time since 2006 and Europe for the first time since 2011. The World Championship Series also returns to China for the fourth consecutive year.

Along with the World Adaptive Championship, the US state of California will host the World Junior Surfing Championship from October 11-18 in Oceanside. The ISA will take to Europe for its World Masters Surfing Championship, which will be held from November 1-8 in San Juan, Spain.

Elsewhere, the World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship will be held from May 10-17 in Sayulita, Mexico, while Nicaragua will host the World Surfing Games from May 31 to June 7.

The International Surfing Festival will take place from November 22-28 in Riyue Bay, China, while the World Bodyboard Championship will be hosted on December 6-13 in Iquique, Chile. The date and location of the World Longboard Surfing Championship is yet to be determined.

ISA president Fernando Aguerre said: “The ISA now has 91 member federations and there are 35 million surfers globally who participate in more than 100 countries. The booming popularity of surfing in recent years shows the universality of the sport and we’re delighted that the 2015 ISA World Championship Series will span four regions – with a great mix of traditional surfing nations and emerging new markets.

“Surfing is celebrated for its values of inclusivity. It is a sport that has no regard for wealth, status, race, creed, gender or age – we surf for our innate love of the sport. To that end I am thrilled that the ISA will host its first ever World Adaptive Surfing Championship in 2015. Our aim is to continue to promote and develop surfing around the world – sharing the wonderful spirit of the sport.”