Written by: Clair Babinski
Demonstrating the global reach of Adaptive Surfing, the 2015 International Surfing Association (ISA) World Adaptive Surfing Championship presented by Hurley and Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF) will host the world’s most talented field of Adaptive Surfers to compete, 34 of such were awarded travel grants from CAF.
Taking place September 24-27 in La Jolla, CA, the inaugural ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship will provide surfers with physical challenges an opportunity to display their talent on a global scale. The stoke of this event is far reaching through the global Adaptive Surf community, ISA National Federations and Surf Industry leaders who will serve on this event’s Honorary Committee alongside influential members of the greater San Diego area.
“Having an Honorary Committee was a step to ensure this event receives the recognition and support it deserves,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “With surf legend Shaun Tomson as the committee chairperson, I am confident this inaugural ISA World Championship will lay a solid foundation for years to come. The ISA plans to have this event in San Diego every year.”
“To be a part of the first-ever ISA World Championship for Adaptive Surfing is an absolute honor,” said surf legend Shaun Tomson. “As the Honorary Committee Chairperson, I am extremely excited to help generate awareness and get as many people as possible involved in this global effort to positively change lives through surfing.”
Long-time supporter of the growth and awareness of Adaptive Surfing, Hurley – as part of the Nike brand family that has been a long-time partner with CAF – is showing their commitment to the space by coming onboard as a Presenting Sponsor.
“Hurley is inspired by the work of the ISA to host this World Adaptive Surfing Championship, and is honored to be a part of their efforts,” said Bob Hurley, co-founder and chairman of Hurley. “At the core of our DNA is a deep commitment to inclusion and supporting organizations that promote universal access to sports.”
Hurley has been a proud sponsor of Adaptive Surfing athlete Jesse Billauer who was paralyzed in a surfing accident years ago. Billauer is a member of the ISA Adaptive Surfing Advisory Board and has been confirmed to compete in the event for Team USA.
The 2015 ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship presented by Hurley and CAF will start on Thursday, September 24 with the ISA Adaptive Surfing Clinic. The event will officially commence with the Opening Ceremony that evening at Balboa Park in San Diego, CA at 5pm PT, including the Parade of Nations and Sands of the World Ceremony. The remainder of the event will take place as follows:
Friday, Sept. 25 – Opening rounds of competition to begin at La Jolla Shores
Saturday, Sept. 26 – Adaptive Surfing Symposium featuring keynote speakers about the future development of Adaptive Surfing at the CAF headquarters
Sunday, Sept. 27 – Live webcast of Competition Finals at La Jolla Shores to culminate with the event’s Closing Ceremony
For more information, visit – ISA ADAPTIVE SURFING INFO
Clair Babinski is a southern California native from Huntington Beach. She most recently graduated from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, where she was immersed in both island and surf culture. Her love and passion for the ocean started early on, from her experience as a swimmer, water polo player, and surfer. She hopes to share her love for surfing, surf culture, and the environmentalism it promotes.