The International Surfing Association just became enemy number 1!
The International Surfing Association, founded in the middle 1960s, is the “world governing body” of surfing according to the International Olympic Committee. You may recall earlier this year when the ISA won surfing’s acceptance into the 2020 Tokyo games. Much back slapping and guffawing. I’ll even admit that, while on the surface I pretended surfing in the Olympics was super dumb in my heart I cheered. Surfing in the Olympics will provide at least three laughs here on BeachGrit.
And so I made emotional peace with the ISA and its bow tie wearing president Fernando Aguerre … until this morning.
The Association, you see, is currently in a protracted fight with the International Canoe Federation to keep stand-up paddleboarding.
You read that right! Fighting to KEEP stand-up.
The Associated Press reports:
The governing bodies of surfing and canoeing will go to court for control of stand up paddle boarding, a sport that is seen as a future candidate for the Olympic program.
The International Surfing Association says the Court of Arbitration for Sport has been asked to mediate in its dispute with the International Canoe Federation. No timetable for a ruling was suggested.
Stand up paddle blends elements of surfing and kayaking. Athletes stand on a board and generate speed by powering a paddle through the water.
The dispute continues a trend of established Olympic sports bodies seeking control of newer, youth-focused disciplines.
The world gymnastics body has been trying to incorporate parkour, which combines running, climbing and acrobatics across urban architecture.
This is our chance to rid ourselves of this hideous curse Laird Hamilton wrought. It is our chance to be forever done with the SUP and it boils my blood, just boils it all the way that the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is being squandered.
Give that shit to International Canoeing! Pay them to take it!
Oooooooh I’m mad. So mad that if I was at an International Surfing Association banquet right now, or like the Surfer Poll awards, I would go to the stage, drunkenly sway from side to side, then lean into the mic and say, “Fuck the ISA.”
That’s how mad I am.