Surfing Federation of India is pleased to announce that
we are now the ISA (International Surfing Association) recognized NGB (National Governing body) for Surfing in India. we look forward to
be in the ISA (International Surfing Association) surf competitions and other programs representing India in

India: ISA’s newest member

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Pablo Zanocchi
Media Manager
International Surfing Association

April 20, 2011
La Jolla, California

The International Surfing Association (ISA), the
surfing world’s governing authority recognized by the International
Olympic Committee, is proud to welcome India to its list of member

Located in South Asia, India is the
seventh-largest country in the world by geographical area and the
second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people. Bounded by
the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the southwest, and the
Bay of Bengal on the southeast, it shares land borders with Pakistan to
the west, Bhutan, the People’s Republic of China and Nepal to the
northeast, and Bangladesh and Burma to the east.

India’s coast is 7,517 kilometers (4,700 mi)
long. Of this distance, 5,423 kilometers (3,400 mi) belong to peninsular
India, and 2,094 kilometers (1,300 mi) to the Andaman, Nicobar, and
Lakshadweep Islands.

Surfing India Association (SIA), led by
President Kishore Kumar, has been a part of the growing trend of the
sport of surfing since 2006 and is now the country’s National Governing
Body (NGB) of the sport.

“Surfing India Association is really proud to
have become the National Governing Body for surfing in India,” said
Kumar. “We are also happy because now we are moving towards having India
represented at international events.  This opens a wide variety of opportunities for our association and for all the surfers in India.”

President Kumar continued, “Our future plans
include gathering sponsors for our association and increasing the number
of surfers in the country. We will hold national competitions and
select the surfing team that will represent our country in the ISA World
Championships. Lastly we want to help the ISA to get surfing into the

Fernando Aguerre, President of the ISA, said
about the newest member, “Surfing offers a great opportunity for India’s
youth to participate in an outdoor, healthy, athletic activity for fun
and for sport competition. Surfing also brings a lifestyle and culture,
which can help unite India’s youth. Welcome, India!  We are looking forward to seeing you in the ISA World Championships.”

The main surfing zones in India are Mangalore
(Karnataka), Kovalam (Kerala), Varkla (Kerala), Pondycheary (Tamilnadu),
Mahabalipuram (Tamilnadu), Vizag (Andra Pradesh), Puri (Orissa) and
Butlers Bay (Andaman Islands). 


About the International Surfing Association

International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the
International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for
Surfing. It was originally founded as the International Surfing
Federation in 1964 and has been running Open Division World
Championships since 1964, Junior World Championships since 1980, and
Masters World Championships since 2007. The ISA also sanctions the World
Kneeboard Titles and the Tandem Surfing World Title, and will hold the
first Stand Up Paddle (SUP) World Championship and the first World
Bodyboard Championship in 2011.

ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of
67 countries on five continents. Its headquarters are located in San
Diego, California. It is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (Argentina),
first elected President in 1994 in Rio de Janeiro and re-elected seven
times since.  The ISA’s four Vice-Presidents are Alan Atkins (AUS), Mike
Gerard (USA) Karín Sierralta (PER) and Debbie Beacham (USA).

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