Lithuania and US Virgin Islands join the International Surfing Association

Lithuania and US Virgin Islands become the 92nd and 93rd member federations of the International Surfing Association (ISA) respectively.



The association aims to expand the values of surfing throughout the world by providing surfing access for those in non-traditional surfing territories.



The ISA has inducted 15 new member federations from around the world since January 2014 highlighting the sports global development which also include Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Cayman Islands, The Gambia, Latvia, Lebanon, Poland, Madagascar, Nauru, Nepal, Nigeria and Sri Lanka.



ISA President, Fernando Aguerre said, “The ISA's mission is to develop surfing globally and through the addition of these new ISA member nations we are able to spread surfing's core values, excitement and vision that the sport represents.”



Lithuania offers 99 kilometers of sandy coastline and numerous lagoons, lakes, rivers and wetlands for surfing and stand-up paddle (SUP). The Lithuanian Extreme Sports Federation has been hosting windsurfing and kiteboarding events for many years.



The US Virgin Islands, known for its white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, are situated in the Atlantic Ocean 64 kilometers east of Puerto Rico. The popularity of surfing and SUP is rapidly increasing in the US Virgin Islands, and the United States Virgin Islands Surfing Association (USVISA) is making immense step in fusing different surf clubs on the islands which practice numerous disciplines including surfing, SUP, bodyboarding and other wave riding activities. The USVISA will set up new challenges for the multiple surf clubs of the archipelago.



By providing more surfing opportunities and better access to equipments and facilities, ISA believes that worldwide growth is a key element of its strategy. The consistent expansion of global reach is a driving force behind the ISA’s ambitions of making surfing an Olympic sport.

 

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