Billabong USA will sponsor the ISA World Games scheduled to be held in July 31st through August 8th 2009 in Costa Rica where 49 member countries will be invited to compete as national teams.
“I believe it is vital to provide a platform for these emerging surf regions,” said Billabong’s Vice President Marketing, Graham Stapelberg. “It is the only event of its kind where you get such a large representation of so many different surf nations.”
Traditionally the ISA holds the World Surfing Games every other year. It also organizes the ISA World Junior Surfing Championships and sanctions a large number of competitions worldwide. By securing the Billabong sponsorship, the World Surfing Games will now be held annually, which is a huge boost for the ISA.
Fernando Aguerre said: “We are happy to welcome Billabong as title sponsor of the ISA World Surfing Games. From local surf clubs to the World Surfing Games competitions, the ISA events are the place where the future stars of our sport are born, nurtured and celebrated. While Olympic Surfing is now a reachable goal, the World Surfing Games will continue to be surfing’s ‘Olympics’ for years to come.”
The ISA is the IOC recognized World governing body for surfing and all wave riding disciplines including bodyboard, kneeboard, shortboard, longboard, skimboard, tandem, stand-up paddle and tow-in surfing. The ISA works for surfing’s development in member nations and the establishment of the sports in new regions around the world.