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  • Fernando Aguerre



      Fernando Aguerre was born and raised in the coastal city of Mar del Plata, Argentina.  From a very early age Fernando was groomed by his father, a successful attorney and ranch owner and his mother, an attorney and a psychologist, to become a lover of the ocean and an entrepreneur.  Fernando is proficient in English, Spanish and Portuguese and maintains a basic knowledge of Italian and French.  His fluency in language is one of the many traits which lead him to his success in international business and nonprofit organizations.

      Fernando had his first taste of becoming an entrepreneur at the age of 12.  His brother and longtime friend, Santiago, introduced him to surfing in 1969 which resulted in a passion that shaped the future of surfing in Argentina and the rest of world, and that has since encompassed his whole life.  His first business was a surfboard repair shop.  During the military dictatorship of the 70’s, in 1977 surfing was banned in his native Mar del Plata. Fernando founded the Argentinean Surfing Association, promoted surfing, and organized the lobbying for the lifting of the ban. He got the ban lifted a few months later, which was followed by a surf boom. He also founded the first surf and skate magazine in Argentina and opened Ala Moana, the first surf and beach clothing store in his hometown of Mar del Plata.  The Surfshop evolved into one of the leading beach clothing manufacturers in the country.

      In the midst of his surfing career, Fernando entered Law School in 1978. He continued to run the Argentinean Surfing Association and maintained his duties as managing partner of the surf shop while attending law school.  In 1984, Fernando completed law school and with a law degree in hand, turned down offers from both his father and friends to join their law firms, resigned as president of the Argentinean Surfing Association and left for California to join his brother, Santiago.

      By early 1985, the Aguerre Brothers were into something new – beach sandals. From this modest beginning of a two man, one desk operation with the sale of 3,000 pairs in 1985, the leading surf brand Reef originated, eventually becoming the #1 beach sandal company and one of the leading surf labels in the world.   Fernando continued to run Reef as CEO until 2003 and in early 2005, looking for a lifestyle change closer to family, waves and charitable work, the Aguerre brothers sold Reef to VF, the largest apparel company in the world.

      In May of 1994, Fernando was elected President of the International Surfing Association.  He has been a key player in the recent expansion and promotion of his beloved sport and his passion for surfing has been an inspiration for many surfers around the world. Fernando led the ISA in obtaining recognition by the IOC in 1997.

      It is under Fernando’s leadership that the ISA has grown to its current status as the very recognizable and widely respected International Federation for wave riding sports.  The ISA crowns Gold Medalists across multiple disciplines of the sport, supports global youth with the ISA Scholarship Program, and creates a global standard for surf and SUP instruction with its developmental program.

      Fernando has always been heavily involved in the sport of surfing.  In addition to his long term Presidency at the ISA, he co-founded PASA, the Pan American Surfing Association in 1992 which he presided until 2002, when he decided not to run for re-election.  He serves in the Senior Advisory Board of Directors for SIMA (, the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association of the United States and as President of the SIMA Humanitarian Fund (the humanitarian arm of the surfing industry).  Fernando actively participates as a member of several humanitarian and environmental surf based organizations, always as an unpaid volunteer in search of his dream of a better world.

      He’s the father of four children and continues to surf daily, near his home in La Jolla, California.

  • Karin Sierralta

    (Peru) Vice President

      Karin Sierralta was first elected as a Vice President to the ISA in 2008. In 2016, he was re-elected to continue a third 4-year term on the ISA Executive Committee. He is up for re-election at the 2020 Annual General Meeting.

      A devoted surfer and competitor since 1980, Karin has been a driving force in the development of professional surfing events as well as the organization of international surfing events throughout Latin America. In 2002, he co-founded ALAS (Latin Pro Tour) and to this day holds the position of Executive President. He has also served as the Executive Director of the Peruvian Surfing Federation, FENTA, since 2008.

      As a member of the ISA Executive and technical Committees, Karin works alongside the ISA President, Fernando Aguerre and the other Vice Presidents to grow and expand the footprint of the sport world-wide.

  • Barbara Kendall

    (New Zealand) Vice President

      Barbara Kendall competed in 5 Olympic Games from 1992 to 2008 in the sport of Windsurfing. She won Gold 1992, silver in 1996 and bronze in 2000. Barbara also won 11 world championship medals and 25 national championships during her athletic career in International Windsurfing.

      In 2005 to 2016 Barbara was a member of the International Olympic Committee  Athletes Commission advocating for the rights of athletes and woman on many different International commissions  and executive boards for the betterment of Global Sport.  Her roles included chairing the Oceania Athletes Commission for 12 years, chairing the Association of National Olympic Committees Athletes Commission for 5 years and an active member on the IOC Woman in sport and sustainability and legacy commission. In 2018 she led a very successful New Zealand Youth Olympic Team to the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aries as the “chef de mission’.

      In 2019 Barbara was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of merit (CNZM) for her services to sport leadership. This award adds to her Member of the British Empire (MBE) in 1993. She was won the Sport New Zealand Leadership award in 2014 and became a New Zealand Olympic Committee order holder in 2016.

      Barbara completed a bachelor in Social services, career practice (BSS) and a Diploma in Applied Management in 2013.

      Barbara is currently a Non-Executive director on ARRIA an Artificial Intelligence technology company in data analytics and information delivery. She is a founder of Champions IQ delivering workshops in Leadership, Self Intelligence and Performance and an ambassador for Health 2000, the New Zealand Olympic Committee and Project Litefoot.

      When Barbara isn’t travelling the world she relaxes in Whangaparaoa New Zealand with her husband Shayne Bright and their two teenage daughters who all surf at every opportunity.

      Barbara Kendall was first elected as ISA Vice President at the Annual General Meeting during the 2014 ISA World Surfing Games in Peru. In 2018, she was re-elected to continue a second 4-year term on the ISA Executive Committee.

      Olympic Games

      Gold Medal 1992 Barcelona Olympics

      Silver Medal 1996 Atlanta Olympics

      Bronze Medal 2000 Sydney Olympics

      Fifth 2004 Athens Olympics

      Sixth 2008 Beijing Olympics

      World Championship

      Bronze medal – 1985 1997,

      Silver medal – 1990, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008

      Gold medal – 1987, 1998, 1999, 2002,

      Other Major Achievements

      1992, 1998  New Zealand Sailor of the Year

      1992 Honoured – Member of the British Empire

      1996, 1998, 1999, 2002 –  New Zealand Sports Woman of the Year

      2007 Inducted into World Sailings Hall of Fame

      2010 Awarded Yachting New Zealand life member

      2012 Olympic Coach for the Australian Windsurfing team

      2014 Sport New Zealand Leadership Award

      2017 New Zealand Olympic Order Holder

      2018 Chef De Mission for the New Zealand Youth Olympic Team

      2019 Honoured – Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit

  • Casper Steinfath

    (Denmark) Vice President

      Casper Steinfath is a 26 year-old surfer and StandUp Paddler from Klitmøller, Denmark. He was first elected as ISA Vice President at the Annual General Meeting during the 2014 ISA World Surfing Games in Peru. In 2018, he was re-elected to continue a second 4-year term on the ISA Executive Committee.

      His ISA accomplishments include:

      • 2017 ISA SUP Sprint Gold Medal
      • 2017 ISA SUP Technical Race Bronze Medal
      • 2016 ISA SUP Sprint Gold Medal
      • 2016 ISA SUP Technical Race Gold Medal
      • 2015 ISA SUP Technical Race Copper Medal
      • 2014 ISA SUP Technical Race Gold Medal
      • 2013 ISA SUP Technical Race Gold Medal
      • 2013 ISA SUP Distance Race Silver Medal

      Other accomplishments include:

      • 2014 SUP Race European Champion
      • 2013 SUP Race European Champion
      • 8X Danish SUP Champion
      • 4X Danish Junior Surf Champion
  • Kirsty Coventry

    (Zimbabwe) Vice President

      Kirsty Coventry is Africa’s most successful Olympian of all time and the top individual female swimmer in Olympic history. She has competed at every Olympic Games from Sydney 2000 to Rio 2016, winning Gold in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. She is also a seven-time World Champion and broke world records on five occasions.

      Coventry has been a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since 2013 and sits on the IOC Athletes’ Commission; Olympic Solidarity Commission; Coordination Commission for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020; Olympic Channel Commission; and the Evaluation Commission for the XXXIII Olympiad in 2024.

      She is also a member of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa Athletes’ Commission, she is a member of the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee and a Foundation Board Member and Athlete’s Committee Member of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

      Kirsty Coventry was voted in as Vice President at the 2016 Biennial General Meeting at the 2016 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in the Azores Islands of Portugal. She is up for re-election at the 2020 Annual General Meeting.

  • Jean-Luc Arassus

    (France) Member

      Jean-Luc Arassus serves as President of the French Surfing Federation, a position he’s held since 2005.  He was first elected as a member of the ISA Executive Committee in 2018 when the Executive Committee was expanded to include two new positions for regular members as well as the Chair of the Athletes’ Commission at the 2018 AGM. He is up for re-election in 2022.

      State Technical Framework for the French Handball Federation 8 on Paris Ile de France / Training, High Level, Coach of a league team 1 professional handball 6 years Paris
      Deputy National Technical Director for the French Surf Federation 7 years old Hossegor
      President of the French Surf Federation; first election 2005
      Lifeguard lifeguard on the beaches of the Gironde (9 seasons)


      The ISA World Surfing Games organized in Biarritz as part of the support for the Paris bid, demonstrates to the IOC the legitimacy of our discipline. Surfing contributes to the attractiveness of our national tourism, hence the influence of our training and our know-how. The France team is world champion. Paris organizes the games in 2024. Surfing must remain in the list of disciplines in the program.

      Election at the 4th term of president of the federation. Surf is Olympic in Tokyo. France is the fourth world nation.

      First title of Junior World Champion. France is ranked 4th in the world.

      Election third term.

      Election Vice-President of the European Surf Federation. Organization of the first championship of France Handi Surf.

      Election to the second term of president of the federation. First title of vice champion for the team of France. France enters the five world first nations. College teacher of Arcachon.

      Implementation with Bordeaux Rectorate of the first session of optional surfing at BAC.

      Election for the first term as President of the French Surf Federation. Development of societal actions. Organization of international competitions. Reorganization of the high level. EPS professor Collège d’Arcachon.

      Reinstatement on a post of professor of EPS on the academy of Bordeaux. Preparation of the election for president of the French Surfing Federation.

      Deputy National Technical Director of the French Surf Federation in charge of setting up the high-level course, school programs, international relations.

      Trainer in physical preparation at PSG omnisport.

      Technical Framework Paris Region Ile de France Handball in charge of the regional high level and development. Integration of the national framework on young potential. Montreuil Handball Coach D1. Internship at Insep in Physical preparation.

      First return to Paris at Lycée Carnot.

      Season of lifeguard on post of different beach of Gironde. Postmaster for 6 seasons. Surf practice which remains the best school to apprehend the waves and dangers of the ocean.

  • Atsushi Sakai

    (Japan) Member

      President of Nippon Surfing Association. 28 years of experience at the national federation with various executive positions. Since 1990, contributed to major national championships such as All Japan Surfing Championship as a head judge, contest director and involved with management of Nippon Surfing Association. Elected to be a member of the board in 2000, chairman of committees in 2007, and President in 2011, currently serving 4th terms.

      After establishing Shirahama (meaning white beach) surf team in 1982, started own business, Shirahama Mariner in 1988. Incorporated in 2013, the company imports and sells marine sporting goods and fashion items, and provides related services as well as operates accommodations.

      Atsushi Sakai was first elected as a member of the ISA Executive Committee in 2018 when the Executive Committee was expanded to include two new positions for regular members, as well as the Chair of the Athletes’ Commission at the 2018 AGM. He is up for re-election in 2020.


      2011 – Present
      President, Nippon Surfing Association
      • Currently serving 4th terms.

      Chairman of the Executive Committee, Nippon Surfing Association.
      • 2018 31st ISA World Surfing Games, Tahara, Japan

      Head of Team Japan
      • 2017 3rd ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship, La Jolla, CA, USA

      Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee
      • 2017 26th ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, Hyuga, Japan
      Head of Team Japan
      • 2017 30st ISA World Surfing Games in Biarritz, France

      Head of Team Japan
      • 2016 29st ISA World Surfing Games, Jacó, Costa Rica

      Head of Team Japan
      • 2015 24th World Junior Surfing Championship, Oceanside, CA USA

      Head of Team Japan
      • 2013 22th ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, Playa Jiquiliste, Nicaragua

      Head of Team Japan
      • 2009 18th ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, Salinas, Ecuador.

      2004 – 2007
      Head of Team Japan
      • 2007 16th ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, Costa de Caparica, Portugal
      • 2006 15th ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, Brazil
      • 2005 14th ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, USA
      • 2004 20th ISA World Surfing Games, Ecuador

      International judge
      • 1998 17th ISA World Surfing Games, Ecuador

      1994 – 1996
      Coach, Team Japan
      • 1996 5th ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, Indonesia
      • 1995 4th ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, Indonesia
      • 1994 3th ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, Indonesia

      Personal Accomplishment:
      Won the Chapter leader class at 25th All Japan Surfing Championship

  • Justine Dupont

    (Chair of ISA Athletes Commission, France) Member

      DOB : 08/27/1991 – Bordeaux (France)
      Hometown : Seignosse, France
      Sports : Surf, Longboard and Stand Up Paddle


      2019 ISA Women’s SUP Surfing Gold Medalist
      2017 ISA World Surfing Games Team winner
      2017 ISA World Surfing Games Aloha Cup winner
      2017 ISA World Sup Championships Team runner-up
      2017 WSL Big Wave world champion runner-up
      2017 Euro Sup Championships Team winner
      2017 Euro Sup Surfing Championships runner-up
      2016 ISA World Surfing Games 4th place
      2016 WSL Big Wave world champion runner-up
      2016 European Longboard Champion
      2015 French Surfing Champion
      2015 French Longboard Champion
      2015 WSL QS n.15
      2013 ISA World Longboard Championships Team winner
      2013 ISA World Longboard Championships runner-up
      2013 WSL World Longboard Championships 3rd place

      As comfortable on a shortboard as on a longboard, the French Woman is above all known for its audacity to chase the biggest waves in the world. From Belharra where she became known to the general public surfing a giant wave during the winter of 2013, Mavericks in 2015, Justine Dupont is not cold. In January 2016, she again attacked the Basque mountain of Belharra. Before taking the biggest wave ever sucked by a woman in Nazaré (Portugal) in February 2017 : a mountain of almost 90 feet !

      Passed by swimming, athletics and sailing, she is a brillant competitor, a member of the French surf, SUP and longboard teams, and her results in WSL as ISA competitions testify to its technical qualities.

      IN 2013, she finished runner-up in the ISA World Longboard Championships and won the gold medal with Team France ! Few months after, she finished 3rd at the WSL Longboard World Championship.

      Member of the WSL Championship Tour during the 2012 season, she is the first European to win a QS 6-star in the same year. ISA World Longboard Championship runner-up and N.3 WSL world longboard in 2013, she knows how to adapt whatever the support and the size of the waves.

      Pensioner of the Pole France for two years, she obtained her French high-school diploma with honors.
      Justine Dupont distinguished herself at the 2015 edition of the French championships in Biarritz by winning the title in both surf and longboard division.

      She finished 12th in the 2015 QS season and did not qualify for the CT.

      Selected to compete in the 2016 ISA World Surfing Games, Justine took the 4th place in Costa Rica. She is again selected with “Les Bleus” for the 2017 ISA World Surfing Games in Biarritz. She wins the relay world title with her teammates and the gold medal of the nations ranking.

      In September 2017, she was in Denmark with the French team for the ISA World SUP Championships. She finished runner-up in Sup Surfing and takes the silver medal of the ranking of nations with her teammates.

      After having talked a lot about her throughout the winter of 2017/2018 by loading huge waves from Nazaré to Jaws, she is named representative of the surfers at the International Olympic Committee for the 2020 Olympics.

      Justine Dupont was appointed Chair of the Athlete’s Commission in April 2018. At the 2018 Annual General Meeting, the Executive Committee was expanded to include two new positions for regular members as well as including the Chair of the Athletes’ Commission. Her term is due to be re-confirmed in 2022.

  • Robert Fasulo

    (USA) Member Ex-officio

      Robert Fasulo is a global strategist with over 25 years of cross-cultural management and communications experience in Olympic and world sport. Multi-lingual and with extensive experience in delivering communications, public relations, marketing and bid campaigns, Fasulo brings a unique blend of creative and entrepreneurial skills to the ISA.

      Fasulo launched his own consulting agency, Robert Fasulo international (RFi) in 2010 and since then he has provided high-level, strategic consulting and business development services to major corporations, sports marketing and media agencies, national and international sports organizations, events, major event bids and international sport leaders.

      Most recently, Fasulo has been a key adviser to the ISA’s successful effort to be recommended for inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and the United States’ successful bid for the 2021 IAAF World Championships. He now joins the ISA as Executive Director.

      Prior to launching RFi, Fasulo served in a number of key Olympic leadership roles including Chief of International Relations at the U.S. Olympic Committee, Director of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) and Chief of Staff at the IAAF.

      As ASOIF Director, Fasulo also served on the IOC Coordination Commissions in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 as well as the IOC Olympic Programme Commission. As IAAF Chief of Staff, Fasulo was also appointed Secretary General of the International Athletic Foundation, the Monaco-based charitable arm of the IAAF, where he was responsible for the managing a US$20 million endowment as well as developing grant criteria, donation guidelines, financial policy, project monitoring and athlete award programmes.

      Fasulo attended the University of Portland, Oregon where he was a scholarship member of the track & field team and graduated cum laude in 1986 with a BA in communications. Following a 2,700-km cycling tour though Europe in the summer of 1987, Fasulo lived in Rome, Italy for 13 years and subsequently Lausanne, Switzerland for six years.

      Fluent in four languages – English, Italian, French and Spanish – Fasulo has traveled to over 65 countries and 150 cities. He currently resides in Newport Beach, California with his wife, Peta, and two children, Micaela and Luca.

EC Expansion

At the 2018 ISA Biennial General Meeting in Tahara, Japan, a new ISA Constitution was approved and the composition of the ISA Executive Committee (ISA EC) consequently expanded to include 2 new Regular Members and the Chair of the ISA Athletes Commission.

The ISA EC is therefore now comprised of the ISA President, four Vice Presidents, 2 Regular Members, the Chair of the ISA Athletes Commission and the ISA Executive Director as member ex-officio. The ISA EC is responsible for defining the ISA’s overall strategies, objectives and direction in accordance with Article 6 of the ISA Constitution.

ISA Executive Committee members from left to right: Barbara Kendall (NZL), Karin Sierralta (PER), Fernando Aguerre (ARG), Jean-Luc Arassus (FRA), and Atsushi Sakai (JPN).

Technical Committee

The ISA Technical Committee is responsible for enhancing the competitive rules for the sport of surfing and all other wave riding sports as well as making the appropriate edits and enhancements to the ISA Rule Book each year. The Technical Committee also provides technical assistance at all ISA events and offers advice to ISA Members.

ISA President Fernando Aguerre oversees the Technical Committee; other members include: Alan Atkins, Marcos “Bukao” Esmanhoto, Robin de KockKarin Sierralta, and Erik Krammer.

Para Surfing Advisory Committee

The ISA consults  the following advisors  to provide expertise, insight, and advice in its efforts to develop the sport of Para Surfing.

  • Jon Richards – Para Surfing Technical Director, CTRS
  • Sylvana Mestre – Play and Train Organization, Paralympic Advisor
  • Alana Nichols – ISA Athletes Commission Member
  • Dr. Maureen Johnson – ISA Head of Para Surfing Classification

Athletes’ Commission


  • Justine Dupont (FRA)


  • Barbara Kendall (NZL)


  • Dylan Lightfoot (RSA)
  • Alana Nichols (USA)
  • Masatoshi Ohno (JPN)
  • Casper Steinfath (DEN)
  • Miguel Tuleda (PER)
  • Ella Williams (NZL)

IOC Athletes’ Commission Liaison / ISA Athletes’ Commission Chair:

  • Kirsty Coventry (ZIM)

ISA Liaison

  • Megan Burns (USA)


Medical Commission


  • Lee Rice (USA) – 30+ years of experience as a family and sports medicine physician, accomplished medical author, extensive experience with professional sports and Olympic athletes


  • Chuck Davey (USA) – Professional Lifeguard and Water Safety/PWC Operator
  • Dr Thierry Durantel (FRA) – Practicing Physician, French National Surf Team Doctor
  • Gonçalo Saldanha (POR) – Physiotherapist; Extensive event and surf team experience with the Portuguese National Surf Team
  • Linda Hart (AUS) – Nurse; Extensive experience in mass participation sport events, Member of Surfer’s Medical Association (SMA)
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