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WORLD CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT INAUGURAL ISA WORLD ADAPTIVE SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP

WORLD CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT INAUGURAL ISA WORLD ADAPTIVE SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP

28/09/2015, La Jolla, Surfing, ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships, Article # 13385234

WORLD CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT INAUGURAL ISA WORLD ADAPTIVE SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP

Sunday September 27th, 2015

Denmark’s Bruno Hansen Wins Prone, Brazil’s Fellipe Lima Wins Upright, USA’s Jesse Billauer Wins Assist and Australia’s Mono Stewart Wins Stand

Mark “Mono” Stewart de Australia, el Medallista de Oro de Stand en el ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship. Photo: ISA/ReynoldsAustralia’s Mark “Mono” Stewart, Stand Gold Medalist of the 2015 ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship. Photo: ISA/Reynolds

The inaugural ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship Presented by Challenged Athletes Foundation, Hurley, Stance and the City of San Diego, culminated on Sunday at La Jolla Shores in grand fashion, crowning the first-ever ISA World Adaptive Surfing Champions.

Demonstrating the international profile of this ISA World Championship, the Gold Medalists from four continents were greeted by a crowd of thousands. Adaptive surfers from 18 countries cheered them on, showcasing the international support that has been evident throughout the competition.

The newly crowned Gold Medalists were Bruno Hansen (DEN) in Prone, Jesse Billauer (USA) in Assist, Mark “Mono” Stewart (AUS) in Stand and Fellipe Lima (BRA) in Upright.

Fellipe Lima, who made history as the first athlete to receive a Gold Medal, said:

“I couldn’t be happier than I am now. It’s amazing to see this ISA World Championship happen. It has always been my dream, not just to be a World Champion, but also to see the sport grow. This is just the start.”

Fellipe Lima de Brasil corre una ola en camino a ganar el Oro en Upright. Photo: ISA/LockwoodBrazil’s Fellipe Lima rides a wave on his way to earning the Gold Medal in Upright. Photo: ISA/Lockwood

The Upright Final was the first of the four Finals to take place, with Brazil’s Fellipe Lima scoring a heat total of 12.93 to earn him the title of the first ISA World Adaptive Surfing Champion. Following Lima were three athletes from the USA: Jeff Munson with Silver, Chris Oberle with Bronze and Freddy Carrillo with Copper.

USA’s Jesse Billauer got out to an early lead in the Assist Final that he never lost, earning Gold for the host country. Taking the Silver was fan favorite, 10-year-old Davi Teixeira from Brazil, followed by Juan Martin De Posadas from Uruguay with Bronze and the only female medalist, Darian Haynes from Hawaii with Copper.

El Medallista de Oro de Assist, Jesse Billauer (EE.UU.), comparte un momento con el Medallista de Plata, Davi Teixeira (BRA), después de la Final. Foto: ISA/ReynoldsAssist Gold Medalist, Jesse Billauer (USA), embraces the Silver Medalist, Davi Teixeira (BRA), after the Final. Photo: ISA/Reynolds

Billauer emotionally shared words with ISA President Fernando Aguerre after his heat.

“After I got injured, competition was not something that I thought about, and now I am the ISA World Champion. It’s amazing to be a part of this and have all of the countries involved.”

Bruno Hansen from Denmark put on an impressive performance en route to taking the Gold Medal in Prone. USA Team Captain, Christiaan Bailey, finished with the Silver Medal, Spain’s Alvaro Bayona with Bronze and USA’s Ryan Baker with Copper.

Hansen explained, “I’ve been training hard for ten years, trying to get my mind in the right place. I lost my way completely and Surfing brought me back to where I am.”

El podio de Prone de izquierda a derecha: Medallista de Oro Bruno Hansen (DEN), Medallista de Plata Christiaan Bailey(EE.UU.), Medallista de Bronce Alvaro Bayona (ESP) y Medallista de Cobre Ryan Baker (EE.UU). Foto: ISA/ReynoldsThe Prone podium from left to right: Gold Medalist Bruno Hansen (DEN), Silver Medalist Christiaan Bailey (USA), Bronze Medalist Alvaro Bayona (ESP) and Copper Medalist Ryan Baker (USA). Photo: ISA/Reynolds

The Stand Final wrapped up the event in dramatic fashion. Australia’s Mark “Mono” Stewart narrowly earned the Gold Medal with a heat total of 11.13, edging out South Africa’s Antony Smyth’s score of 10.66. Rounding out the heat were Brazil’s Alcino “Pirata” Neto with Bronze and Hawaii’s Mike Coots with Copper.

The 52-year-old Stewart spoke about his accomplishment.

“It’s a dream come true. I think everyday I’ve had a tear in my eye seeing people who are so dedicated and love the ocean as much as I do.

“I’ve been waiting 35 years for this event, but I now know that the sky is the limit with Adaptive Surfing. The future is in the hands of all the young people you’ve seen here this week. I can’t wait to see what happens next.”

ISA President Fernando Aguerre spoke after the Closing Ceremony.

“This is an ISA World Championship that will be talked about for years to come. Adaptive Surfing history has been made in La Jolla. I would like to congratulate the four athletes that received Gold Medals, but also at all 69 competitors who took part in this historic competition. All of the athletes will return home as ambassadors of Adaptive Surfing. This is only the start of something much bigger and wider reaching that we will see grow and develop in the years to come.”

For a full list of results, visit: http://isaworlds.com/adaptive/en/results/

Next, the ISA will head up the coast to Oceanside, California for the 2015 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship taking place from October 11 to 18: http://isaworlds.com/juniors/

Adaptive Surfing Community Gathers to Build on the Platform of the Inaugural ISA World Championship

Adaptive Surfing Community Gathers to Build on the Platform of the Inaugural ISA World Championship

27/09/2015, La Jolla, Surfing, ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships, Article # 13354648
 
 
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September 26, 2015
ISA ADAPTIVE SURFING SYMPOSIUM LAYS FOUNDATION FOR LASTING GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE SPORT
ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, opens the ISA Adaptive Surfing Symposium. Photo: ISA/Reynolds

 

Adaptive Surfing Community Gathers to Build on the Platform of the Inaugural ISA World Championship
 
 
La Jolla, California, September 26, 2015 On Saturday, September 26th, the global Adaptive Surfing community gathered at the Deni + Jeff Jacobs Challenged Athletes Center in San Diego for the ISA Adaptive Surfing Symposium. The objective was to raise awareness, share best practices, and initiate a conversation about how Surfing can play an ongoing and vital role in enriching the lives of physically challenged athletes.
 
The Symposium goal is to build on the platform created by the inaugural ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship Presented by Challenged Athletes Foundation, Hurley, Stance and the City of San Diego.
 
The Symposium opened with words from ISA President Fernando Aguerre.
 
"We included the Adaptive Surfing Symposium as a part of this ISA World Championship to build upon this historic moment. In order to make progress in the discipline of Adaptive Surfing, we need to learn, share ideas and create a development pathway for the sport."
 
Following Aguerre's introduction, a panel of adaptive surfers featuring Alana Nichols (USA), Mike Coots (HAW), Dries Millard (RSA), Alcino "Pirata" Neto (BRA) and Ismael Araya (CRI), highlighted the diverse range of physical challenges and backgrounds of the competing athletes.  
 
Adaptive Surfing History Is Made as All 69 athletes from 18 Countries  Take to the Water

Adaptive Surfing History Is Made as All 69 athletes from 18 Countries Take to the Water

26/09/2015, La Jolla, Surfing, ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships, Article # 13329912
 
 
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September 25, 2015
DAY ONE OF COMPETITION UNITES GLOBAL ADAPTIVE SURFING COMMUNITY AT THE 2015 ISA WORLD ADAPTIVE SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP
Representative of Team USA, Alana Nichols, finds a glassy wave at La Jolla Shores. Photo: ISA/Reynolds

 

Adaptive Surfing History Is Made as All 69 athletes from 18 Countries 
Take to the Water
 
 
La Jolla, California, September 25, 2015 Day one of competition of the 2015 International Surfing Association (ISA) World Adaptive Surfing Championship Presented by Challenged Athletes Foundation, Hurley, Stance and the City of San Diego was completed, as the global Adaptive Surfing community united at La Jolla Shores.
 
69 surfers from 18 countries took to the water, marking the largest international Adaptive Surfing competition of its kind to date.
 
The opening day of competition took place in clean, glassy conditions, as athletes competed for a chance to surf in the Finals on Sunday. Athletes from all four divisions, Stand, Upright, Prone and Assist, made the most of the 2-3 foot waves at La Jolla Shores, executing impressive carves and maneuvers.
 
The stand out surfer of the day was South Africa's Antony Smyth, scoring the highest two wave heat total of 16.77. Smyth, who has paralysis in his right arm, will go on to represent his country in the Finals on Sunday for a chance to win Gold. 
 
Lucas Retamales, a blind surfer from Chile, put on an inspiring performance drawing a huge reaction from the crowd. He was able to sense incoming waves and get long rides from deep in the ocean to the beach. Having lost his surfboard in the recent Chilean tsunami, Retamales kept his composure and put on a spectacular effort on a borrowed board. 
 
OPENING CEREMONY OFFICIALLY INAUGURATES THE ISA WORLD ADAPTIVE SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP

OPENING CEREMONY OFFICIALLY INAUGURATES THE ISA WORLD ADAPTIVE SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP

25/09/2015, La Jolla, Surfing, ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships, Article # 13302650
 
 
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September 24, 2015
OPENING CEREMONY OFFICIALLY 
INAUGURATES THE ISA WORLD ADAPTIVE 
SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP 
All 18 countries gather on stage to celebrate the official opening of the ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship. Photo: ISA/Evans

 

National Teams Unite in San Diego's Iconic Balboa Park, Celebrate the ISA Spirit with the Parade of Nations and Sands of the World Ceremony
 
 
La Jolla, California, September 24, 2015 The 2015 ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship Presented by Challenged Athletes Foundation, Hurley, Stance and the City of San Diego was officially inaugurated with the Opening Ceremony in San Diego's iconic Balboa Park, marking the largest international Adaptive Surfing competition of its kind to date.
 
In attendance were 18 National Teams that travelled from around the globe to celebrate this inaugural competition. Influential members of the San Diego community and Surf Industry, such as Mayor Kevin Faulconer and surf legend Rob Machado were also present.
 
The celebration began with the Parade of Nations. Each country carried their national flags while parading through the picturesque walkways of Balboa Park, led by ISA President Fernando Aguerre, ISA Officials and Judges. The Parade ended at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion where the ceremony continued.
 
Mayor Kevin Faulconer welcomed the international athletes to the City of San Diego.
 
"Surf culture is San Diego culture, which makes our city the perfect spot to host the very first ISA Word Adaptive Surfing Championship. Surfers and San Diegans may seem laid-back, but beneath the surface, have the passion and drive to do some incredible things. This competition is about celebrating those who have overcome physical challenges to perform amazing feats in the water. The athletes in the ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship are proof that physical challenges don't mean physical limitations."
 
ISA ADAPTIVE SURFING CLINIC KICKS OFF FESTIVITIES FOR 2015 ISA WORLD ADAPTIVE SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP

ISA ADAPTIVE SURFING CLINIC KICKS OFF FESTIVITIES FOR 2015 ISA WORLD ADAPTIVE SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP

25/09/2015, La Jolla, Surfing, ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships, Article # 13293591
 
 
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September 24, 2015
ISA ADAPTIVE SURFING CLINIC KICKS OFF FESTIVITIES FOR 2015 ISA WORLD ADAPTIVE SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP
8-year-old surfer, William Thompson, enjoying the waves at La Jolla Shores during the ISA Adaptive Surfing Clinic.
Photo: ISA

 

Presented By Challenged Athletes Foundation, Hurley, Stance And The City Of San Diego, Adaptive Surfers Experience the Joy of Surfing at La Jolla Shores
 
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La Jolla, California, September 24, 2015 Thursday morning kicked off the festivities for the 2015 International Surfing Association (ISA) World Adaptive Surfing Championship, with an Adaptive Surfing Clinic at La Jolla Shores in sunny conditions and glassy waves.
 
All type of adaptive surfers gathered at the clinic to receive instruction and display their talents in front of the world's best adaptive surfers. Each participant was provided with a designated instructor to provide him or her with personalized lessons tailored to their skill level.
 
Joining the action at the clinic was Tim Foreman and Chad Butler from the Grammy award winning rock band Switchfoot and Stance athletes Tanner Rozunko and Brian Bent.
 
President of the ISA Fernando Aguerre commented on the success of the ISA Adaptive Surfing Clinic.
 
"This is an amazing way to commence the festivities for this inaugural ISA World Championship. Seeing the smiles on the kids' faces after catching a wave is so inspiring. Some of these kids have never experienced Surfing before; it is incredible to witness the energy and healing power that the ocean provides them."
 
ALL TEAMS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2015 ISA WORLD ADAPTIVE SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP

ALL TEAMS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2015 ISA WORLD ADAPTIVE SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP

24/09/2015, La Jolla, Surfing, ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships, Article # 13272627
 
 
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September 23, 2015
ALL TEAMS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2015 ISA WORLD ADAPTIVE SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY CHALLENGED ATHLETES FOUNDATION, HURLEY, STANCE AND THE CITY OF SAN DIEGO
Upon registering, host Team USA shows their national pride. Photo: ISA

 

Festivities Kick Off Thursday with Adaptive Surfing Clinic at La Jolla Shores
 
La Jolla, California, September 23, 2015 A grand total of 69 athletes from 18 countries are confirmed to compete in the inaugural ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship Presented by Challenged Athletes Foundation, Hurley, Stance and the City of San Diego, which will officially begin on Thursday, September 24.
 
The Adaptive Surfing clinic will kick off the festivities at La Jolla Shores, where young adaptive surfers will receive instruction and have an opportunity to display their skills. On Thursday afternoon, the official inauguration of the ISA World Championship will take place with the Opening Ceremony starting at 4:15pm at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park.
 
The 18 International Teams that have confirmed their participation are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Hawaii, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, United States and Uruguay.
 
With 69 international athletes, this ISA World Championship will be the biggest international Adaptive Surfing competition of its kind to date.
 
10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE 2015 ISA WORLD ADAPTIVE SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP

10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE 2015 ISA WORLD ADAPTIVE SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP

23/09/2015, La Jolla, Surfing, ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships, Article # 13243067
 
 
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September 22, 2015
10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE 2015 ISA WORLD ADAPTIVE SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY CHALLENGED ATHLETES FOUNDATION, HURLEY, STANCE AND THE CITY OF SAN DIEGO
Ismael Guilliorit will be the first athlete to represent Norway in an ISA World Championship with Norway's recent inclusion as the 97th Member Federation of the ISA. Photo: Olivier Pons

 

La Jolla, California, September 22, 2015 From September 24-27, La Jolla, California will be host to the inaugural ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship Presented by Challenged Athletes Foundation, Hurley, Stance and the City of San Diego.
 
Gathering more than 70 adaptive surfers from 18 countries, this ISA World Championship marks the largest international Adaptive Surfing competition of its kind to date, taking place at the classic Southern California beach break of La Jolla Shores.
 
Here are the 10 things that you need to know about the 2015 ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship:
 
1. The ISA World Championship
 
This inaugural competition will gather the global Adaptive Surfing community to provide surfers with physical challenges with a platform to compete for their country and display their talent with the goal of growing and developing the sport. The competition will feature athletes from 18 countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Hawaii, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway,  South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Uruguay and USA.
 
WORLD'S BEST ADAPTIVE SURFERS SET TO CONVERGE IN LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA FOR 2015 ISA WORLD ADAPTIVE SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP

WORLD'S BEST ADAPTIVE SURFERS SET TO CONVERGE IN LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA FOR 2015 ISA WORLD ADAPTIVE SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP

03/09/2015, La Jolla, Surfing, ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships, Article # 12698546
 
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WORLD’S BEST ADAPTIVE SURFERS SET TO CONVERGE IN LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA FOR 2015 ISA WORLD ADAPTIVE SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY CHALLENGED ATHLETES FOUNDATION, HURLEY, STANCE AND CITY OF SAN DIEGO

September 2, 2015

Official promo video for the 2015 ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship.

Event Art Created by Renowned Southern California Artist, Andy Davis, Stance Joins as Presenting Sponsor

Anticipation is growing for the 2015 ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship presented by Challenged Athletes Foundation, Hurley, Stance and the City of San Diego. An international field of more than 65 athletes from 17 countries will feature the world’s top adaptive surfers to compete on the sport’s highest stage.

Southern California surfer and artist, Andy Davis, brought his passion and energy to the ISA World Championship by creating the official event art, which incorporated his signature mellow, feel-good style. Davis, who has years of experience creating surf art, spoke about this inaugural event:

“It’s an honor to be able to contribute to such a historic event. These adaptive surfers all have inspiring stories and radiate positive energy. It was fun to conceptualize and execute an adaptive surfing piece to represent that feeling. The simple, yet effective use of color celebrates the positive way that these athletes have overcome their obstacles.”

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Andy Davis, a renowned Southern California surfer and artist, created the art for the official event poster of the 2015 ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship.

Adding to the building momentum of the event, leading sock brand, Stance, recently committed to supporting the World Championship as a presenting sponsor. Founder and CEO of Stance, Jeff Kearl, expressed his excitement of supporting the event.

“Stance is built on the foundation of art, self-expression and innovation,” said Kearl. “With the way these adaptive surfers are breaking down barriers and performing their art form on waves, it makes great sense to align our brand with this unique, inaugural event. We are looking forward to watching these athletes go out there and push the limits of the sport.”

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Jeff Munson, the winner of the Men’s Sit Division at the AccesSurf Adaptive Surf Competition, will represent Team USA at the 2015 ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship. Photo: Jason Rose

ISA President Fernando Aguerre commented on the inaugural ISA World Championship, “The ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship will truly be a historic event for the sport of Surfing. It’s about the building of a better world, and the nurturing, healing role of riding waves. The pieces have all come together with great sponsors and athletes. Gathering competitors from 17 countries in this inaugural championship, provides a preeminent platform for the international growth and development of all disciplines of adaptive surfing, and the healing power of waveriding.”

The event schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday, Sept. 24 – 8am-1pm:  Adaptive Surfing Clinic PST at La Jolla Shores
  • Thursday, Sept. 24 – 5pm: Opening Ceremony at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park
  • Friday, Sept. 25 – 8am-5pm: Live webcast of Day 1 of competition to begin at La Jolla Shores
  • Saturday, Sept. 26 – 10am-3pm: Adaptive Surfing Symposium featuring keynote speakers about the future development of Adaptive Surfing at the CAF headquarters
  • Sunday, Sept. 27 – 8am-5pm: Live webcast of Competition Finals at La Jolla Shores to culminate with the event’s Medal and Closing Ceremony.

About International Surfing Association
The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World Governing Authority for Surfing, StandUp Paddle (SUP) Surfing and Racing and all other wave riding activities. The ISA has been crowning World Champions in surfing since 1964, with the ultimate mission to develop surfing globally. To learn more, visit www.isasurf.org.

About Challenged Athletes Foundation
The Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF) is a world leader in helping people with physical challenges lead active, healthy lifestyles. CAF believes that participation in physical activity at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life. Since 1994, more than $64 million has been raised and over 11,000 funding requests from people with physical challenges in all 50 states and dozens of countries have been satisfied. To learn more, visit challengedathletes.org or call 858-866-0959.

About Hurley
Founded in Huntington Beach in 1999, Hurley is a surf lifestyle brand which designs, markets and distributes industry-leading apparel, footwear and accessories. Fueled by innovation, inclusion and empowerment of youth, Hurley is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nike Inc. with headquarters in Costa Mesa, CA and offices in Tokyo, Sydney, Barcelona and Bali. www.hurley.com www.facebook.com/hurley

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