International Surfing Association adds 90th & 91st nations
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 18 November, 2014 - The International Surfing Association (ISA) has welcomed Nepal and Bangladesh as its newest Member Federations, further driving the expansion of Surfing in Asia.
A sport imbued with youthful values and energy, Surfing has a unique ability to connect with young people around the world. The growth of the sport in Asia has become a priority for the ISA as the organization aims to spread its core messages of respect, fair-play, excellence and innovation to more young people.
Global development is a key element of the ISA’s strategy and the consistent growth and reach amongst young people is a driving force behind the ISA’s ambitions of making Surfing an Olympic sport.
The Nepal National Surfing Association is aiming to grow and develop Surfing and SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding) within the country. Led by Fred Aakerlund, a double amputee and a key advocate of Adaptive Surfing, the national federation is committed to creating performance pathways for athletes, enhanced standards in both coaching and event judging and supporting the ISA as it works towards the goal of Olympic inclusion.
The Bangladesh Surf Club, the governing body for Surfing in the South Asian country, was formed in 2003 with the support of Surfing the Nations – a humanitarian Surfing organization. Jafar Alam, President of the Surf Club, has been instrumental in the growth of Surfing in Bangladesh providing many young people with an identity.
Each year since 2005, Surfing Bangladesh has hosted a National Surfing Championships and there is also a developing Surf industry in the country.
Fernando Aguerre, ISA President, said: “Surfing is growing all around the world and the addition of Nepal and Bangladesh as new members is testament to this expansion and development. With its unique culture and expressive nature, Surfing truly is a force for good. Our aim is to touch as many people as possible with the core values of the sport.
“As we continue to reach more people, we are also starting to see and hear more about the new, state-of-the-art wave technology that will revolutionize Surfing. This development along with our strategy for global expansion will generate even more Surfing participants and fans around the world, by offering more access to and greater opportunity for the practice of the sport. Together, these factors give us further incentive and motivation as we aim to fulfil our Olympic ambitions.”
Fred Aakerlund, President, Nepal National Surfing Federation, said: “This is a great opportunity for us to further the growth of Surfing and SUP in Nepal. Surfing provides many benefits to participants and communities and working together with the ISA will enable us to continue to provide motivation, hope and inspiration through Surfing, SUP and Adaptive Surfing.”
Jafar Alam, President, Bangladesh Surf Club, said: “There is a growing Surf community in Bangladesh and there are now many young men and women who are Surfing regularly, participating in beach clean-ups, learning lifesaving skills and training beginner Surfers. Our members now identify themselves as Surfers no matter what social group they were born into. Joining the ISA will enable us to help even more people to develop a better future through Surfing.”
Landlocked Nepal is a growing SUP destination © Nepal National Surfing Assn