The International Surfing Association (ISA) has today announced it has joined the United Nations’ ‘Sports for Climate Action’ – an initiative that helps and guides sports to reach their climate goals – to deepen the ISA’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

The world’s oceans and the sport of Surfing are both threatened by the global effects of climate change. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

The world’s oceans and the sport of Surfing are both threatened by the global effects of climate change. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

Championed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the initiative provides sports organisations with a forum for collaboration to share best practices, lessons learned and new tools to help achieve global climate goals and to support a collective effort to combat climate change.

In joining the initiative, the ISA has committed to the following principles, which form part of the framework: 

  • Undertake systematic efforts to promote greater environmental responsibility
  • Reduce overall climate impact
  • Educate for climate action
  • Promote sustainable and responsible consumption
  • Advocate for climate action through communication

This move becomes the latest initiative following the ISA’s commitment in 2018 to make sustainability a core value of the organisation and partner with the IOC to support the United Nations-led CleanSeas Campaign to join the fight against marine plastic litter.

ISA President Fernando Aguerre sports his ‘no plastic’ hat at the Opening Ceremony of the 2019 ISA World Surfing Games. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

ISA President Fernando Aguerre sports his ‘no plastic’ hat at the Opening Ceremony of the 2019 ISA World Surfing Games. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans 

To learn more about the ISA’s sustainability efforts, click here. 

ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said: 

“As surfers, we have a deep connection to the environment and must do all we can to protect and fight for a clean and healthy planet. We need to work in unison to ensure that future generations can share our passion and love for the sport and the Earth.

“Tackling climate change is the biggest challenge of our times and we must all join in a collective effort to reduce pollution and our own footprint on the natural environment.

“We are proud to be working with the UN, the IOC and sports organisations across the world to spread sustainability best practices and drive progress.”

See the IOC’s report on the ISA’s commitment to sustainability here.

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).

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