International Surfing Association


The dream of Olympic surfing started with Duke Kahanamoku, an Olympic gold medalist in swimming and native Hawaiian known as the father of modern surfing. Duke first presented his dream at the 1912 Summer Olympic Games in Stockholm, where he expressed his wish to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to see surfing included in the Games. For the first time in history, and over a century later, surfing will be included in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

ISA governs and defines surfing as shortboard, longboard and bodyboarding, stand-up paddle (SUP) racing and surfing, bodysurfing, wakesurfing, and all other wave riding activities on any type of waves, and on flat water using wave riding equipment. As an aquatic fanatic, Kirsty is Vice-President of the International Surfing Federation and actively responsible for helping develop access to this sport. 

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