The International Surfing Association (ISA) is pleased to announce today it has joined the Global Esports Federation (GEF) to further develop its esports strategy and create future opportunities for the sport within the digital, gaming and broader technological space.
This latest collaboration comes during a period of huge growth in the esports sector and the ISA looks forward to exploring virtual forms of the sport and developing initiatives that benefit the global surfing community.
Membership of GEF will also enable the ISA to gain access to, and learn from best practices in the esports industry via the GEF platform – helping to create new and exciting opportunities to reach new audiences.
The ISA joins several other International Federations as early members of GEF with the partnership focusing on four key areas:
– Analysing the current state of play of esports in surfing
– Developing sustainable esports events to benefit the global surfing family
– Developing initiatives to harness and elevate the principles of equality, diversity, inclusion and innovation across traditional sport and esports
– Grow partnership and promotion opportunities to attract new audiences, participants and fans
ISA President, Fernando Aguerre said:
“The rapid growth of esports can be the spark to keep sport relevant and more easily accessible to new audiences. We believe the partnership with GEF will put surfing ahead of the wave in the evolution of virtual sport, fulfilling the ISA’s mission to drive accessibility and universal participation.
“As a young and dynamic sport, surfing already has a strong presence in the digital space – and our youthful personality and socially-engaged, digitally-savvy athletes and fans are perfectly suited for the world of esports. Enhancing the ISA’s esports strategy through this GEF collaboration will further support the huge digital and gaming potential of surfing – and create opportunities to inspire a new generation of competitors and supporters.”
GEF President, Chris Chan said:
“The interest and development of esports continues its rapid rise worldwide with greater convergence between esports and sport. We welcome the interest and support from the International Surfing Association to join the esports community and work on evolving physical sport experiences in the digital age.
“There are powerful opportunities to collaborate with our technology partners through the Global Esports Federation’s #worldconnected platform and connect with the world’s youth.”
About the International Surfing Association:
The International Surfing Association (ISA), founded in 1964, is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. The ISA governs and defines Surfing as Shortboard, Longboard & Bodyboarding, StandUp Paddle (SUP) Racing and Surfing, Para Surfing, Bodysurfing, Wakesurfing, and all other wave riding activities on any type of waves, and on flat water using wave riding equipment. The ISA crowned its first Men’s and Women’s World Champions in 1964. It crowned the first Big Wave World Champion in 1965; World Junior Champion in 1980; World Kneeboard Champions in 1982; World Longboard Surfing and World Bodyboard Champions in 1988; World Tandem Surfing Champions in 2006; World Masters Champions in 2007; World StandUp Paddle (SUP, both surfing and racing) and Paddleboard Champions in 2012; and World Para Surfing Champions in 2015.
ISA membership includes the surfing National Federations of 108 countries on five continents. The ISA is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (ARG). The Executive Committee includes four Vice-Presidents Karín Sierralta (PER), Kirsty Coventry (ZIM), Casper Steinfath (DEN) and Barbara Kendall (NZL), Athletes’ Commission Chair Justine Dupont (FRA), Regular Members Atsushi Sakai (JPN) and Jean Luc Arassus (FRA) and ISA Executive Director Robert Fasulo as Ex-officio Member.
Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California (USA).