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Czech Republic, Hong Kong latest ISA members

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The ISA Welcomes Czech Republic and Hong Kong as member nations

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 October, 2013 : - - The International Surfing Association (ISA) is proud to welcome the Czech Republic and Hong Kong as their 75th and 76th Member Nations of the ISA. Hong Kong is located on China’s south coast and enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and the South China Sea, Hong Kong is surrounded by water, making it an ideal destination for both standup paddling and surfing.

The Czech Republic is centrally located in Europe. It’s bordered by Germany to the west, Austria to the south, Solvakia to the east and Poland to the north, making it a popular destination for travellers from all around Europe and abroad.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome the Czech Republic to the ISA as we near the 100 member list mark,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “Although a landlocked nation, the Czech Republic is home to many surfers, and it also has a vast array of rivers and lakes, creating great potential for the sport of standup paddling to thrive there. Because of its location, it’s also a country that can prove that engaging in wave riding activities can take place anywhere around the globe, without being dependent on the ocean.”

Besides becoming the 75th ISA Member Nation, the Czech Republic is the 22nd country in Europe to become part of the ISA. Neighboring ISA member nation Germany, which boasts one of the fastest growing SUP populations in the globe, makes the Czech Republic a natural fit as an upcoming standup paddle destination. The country has already hosted several stage challenge races in lakes and rivers this past year, as well as a variety of events descending rivers and water channels.

“We are so excited to be a part of the ISA. Being a part of the ISA brings a lot more opportunity to our standup paddlers and surfers who can represent our country on an international stage. It will also let us show that even a landlocked country can compete in waveriding sports at the highest level,” said Czech Federation Stand Up Paddle (CFSUP) President, Stanislav Hubacek. “Besides working with the ISA to provide more opportunities for our own paddlers and surfers, we also look forward to opening our beautiful lakes, reservoirs and rivers to standup paddlers and surf lovers from all the other countries across the globe as well.”

Hong Kong joins the ISA as it’s 76th and newest Member Nation

The International Surfing Association (ISA) is proud to welcome Hong Kong as its 76th member of the ISA. The territory, which is one of two special administrative regions of the People’s Republic of China, also includes 234 outer islands, many which produce great waves given the right conditions.

Although formerly a part of Great Britain and now a part of the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong has competed as its own territory in the Olympic Games since 1952.

“Hong Kong is a great addition to the ISA, now at 76 members and growing rapidly to reach 100 members by the end of 2014,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “An important destination in Asia, Hong Kong is home to a booming SUP and surf population, with the ability to help influence and expand surfing participation for all of Asia, an extremely important region for surfing’s growth and a region where the majority of SUP boards are made,” Fernando added.

Hong Kong generally has two surf seasons a year. The winter sees monsoon swells on the northeast facing beaches between October and March, while summer monsoon swells primarily hit Southwest beaches between April and September. Occasional typhoon swells between July and November can also produce larger surf, especially along several rocky point breaks around the outer islands, which come alive with waves given the right direction and size. There is a tight knit crew of local and expat surfers in the territory, with a growing number of standup paddlers increasing exponentially in size every year.

“This is a huge opportunity for Hong Kong to be part of the ISA,” said Bryan Ng, President of the Hong Kong SUP Board Association (HKSUPBA). “Becoming a part of the ISA allows our athletes, coaches and instructors in the standup paddling and surfing communities to connect, share knowledge and interact with the best watermen around the world. It also allows us to showcase to the world our commitment to the growing sport and to share our support for the watermen lifestyle and spirit.”

Source: ISA

Author: Carlos Escaba

Tags: ISA, Hong Kong, Czech Republic

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