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ISA Awards 50 Scholarships to Promising Young Surfers | espanol

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 27 November, 2013 - La Jolla, California - The International Surfing Association is proud to award fifty promising young surfers (ages nine to 17 years old) from 25 countries around the globe with a prestigious ISA Individual Scholarship.

The fifty recipients, many who come from countries where their family’s total income is below a few thousand dollars a year, will be awarded with USD $1,000 to be used for school and to help advance their surfing careers during the next twelve months.

Since its inception in 2007, the ISA has delivered 192 Individual Scholarships valued at $178,500 to well deserving surfers from around the world. Many have gone to students from families where competing in surfing would be impossible without assistance.

In the last seven years, the scholarship program has significantly helped improve the lives of junior surfers in need of financial assistance from around the world in countries ranging from Peru to Namibia and beyond. Many former recipients have even become national and or world champion surfers, including Peru’s five-time ISA Scholarship recipient, Juninho Urcia, who received his first ISA scholarship when he was 11 in 2007.

Urcia eventually became Peru’s youngest Open Men’s National Champion ever in 2011, and was also part of the Gold Medal Peruvian Team at the 2011 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, where he earned an individual Bronze Medal. Today Urcia is currently competing on the ASP World Qualifying Series, and is a paid professional surfer.

“It is an honor to be able to reward another group of young surfers with the chance to fulfill their dreams both in school and in their sport,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “This is one of the most important programs of the ISA, with results that are evident in every surfer we help. Because so many past recipients have gone on to become not only champions in their sport, but also positive role models in each of the countries they represent, we will continue to raise funds and work hard to keep this program growing every year.”

The ISA Scholarship Program has grown consistently in size since launching in 2007, mostly from the generous funding from foundations and brands like Quiksilver Foundation, Billabong, Reef Redemption, Greenpacha and Hurley, and the continued support from ISA member nations.

The U-18 ISA Scholarship Recipients are chosen because they are inspirational individuals, who strive to succeed in both surfing and education. After being awarded the scholarships, recipients are called “ISA Ambassadors.” They personify what the ISA promotes – working hard in school, enjoying surfing, being positive role models in their community and persevering to achieve big goals. Money awarded to each surfer will be used for their educational pursuits as well as travel expenses to get to surf contests, and/or to upgrade their surfing equipment.

After careful review by the Scholarship Selection Committee, the ISA is proud to announce the following surfers as the 2014 ISA Scholarship Recipients:

Bianca Schipani 
Argentina
13

Julian Iturralde 
Argentina
17

Kaue Germano 
Brazil
11

Bruno Santos 
Brazil
11

Vinicius Parra 
Brazil
11

Trinidad Salas 
Chile
11

Laura Godoy 
Chile
16

Christopher Rojas 
Chile
12

Javiera Veliz 
Chile
15

Santiago Nakogui Barro 
Colombia
16

Santiago Mendoza 
Colombia
13

Esteban Chaves Morua 
Costa Rica
15

Eduardo Venegas 
Costa Rica
16

Irons Burgos 
Ecuador
15

Michael Jordan Macías Viera 
Ecuador
14

Titouan Boyer 
France
15

Peckett William 
Tahiti
16

Karelle Poppke 
Tahiti
15

Williams Alfredo Garcia Avila 
Guatemala
16

Jose Anthony Diaz Chachon 
Guatemala
16

Miguel Angel Castillo Pimentel 
Guatemala
17

Sunshine Patey 
Hawaii
13

Bianca Macedo 
Hawaii
13

Yukojati Anabella 
Indonesia
15

Ronald Hastings 
Jamaica
15

Ivah Wilmot 
Jamaica
16

Nathan Miller 
Jamaica
14

Morris Gross 
Liberia
16

Adama Browne 
Liberia
14

Alejandro Meza 
Mexico
17

Luis Rey Hernandez 
Mexico
14

Nils Kintscher 
Namibia
10

Nick Tuhikarama 
New Zealand
16

Juber Martinez 
Nicaragua
18

Joel Chavez 
Nicaragua
18

Jackson Obando 
Nicaragua
16

Kevin Cortez 
Nicaragua
17

Edwin Bismar Morales Rivas 
Nicaragua
17

Monica Munn 
Panama
16

Luis Angel Arroyo 
Panama
15

Selvester Bactad 
Philippines
16

Gabriel Amaru Rodriquez 
Peru
10

Daniela Rosas 
Peru
10

Andrea Martinez 
Puerto Rico
9

Jolari Carreras 
Puerto Rico
15

Nthando Msibi 
South Africa
16

Caitlin October 
South Africa
14

Kalani Da Silva 
Spain
15

Tuna Yigit Konukcu 
Turkey
9

Nicolas Sardi 
Venezuela
15

Author: 
Carlos Escaba
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