Island nation off the coast of Gabon becomes ISA member nation | espanol
Former Surfer Magazine Editor Sam George hosted trip to the island in 2000
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 5 December, 2013 - The International Surfing Association welcomes São Tomé and Príncipe as its 78th member of the ISA.
São Tomé and Príncipe is a Portuguese-speaking island nation in the Gulf of Guinea, located off the western equatorial coast of Central Africa, about 250 kilometers from the northwestern coast of Gabon.
The island has several different types of waves, with most major surf breaks along its eastern coast. Surfing as a sport is fairly new to São Tomé and Príncipe, but the territory has a long record of its citizens engaging in wave riding activities.
Surfer Magazine Editor Sam George hosted a trip to the island in 2000 and discovered a group of locals who had been riding hand-carved bodyboards and wooden surf boats for as long as anyone could remember. He came back to make a film about the area and its deep history of surfing six years later.
"We are incredibly excited to welcome São Tomé and Príncipe as the tenth African member nation of the ISA," said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. "Besides having deep roots in surfing culture and wave riding activities, São Tomé and Príncipe is an area with tremendous potential for surfing's growth. It's also an extremely important region in all of Africa, a continent where surfing is still in its infancy stage, but growing rapidly by the day."