ISA Statement on Los Angeles 2028 decision not to propose Para Surfing for inclusion in Paralympic Games

June 12th, 2024
Mark Mono Stewart (AUS) at the 2023 ISA World Para Surfing Championship. Photo: Sean Evans

California, USA– June 12 2024

The International Surfing Association (ISA) is disappointed to receive the news today that the Los Angeles 2028 Organising Committee (LA28) has decided not to propose Para Surfing for Paralympic Games inclusion as a new sport.

The ISA appreciates the consideration given by LA28 for Para Surfing and the opportunity provided to us to show the value of our sport on the Paralympic stage.

The ISA continues to strongly believe in the value of Para Surfing, the accomplishments of our Para Surfers and the growing universality and appeal of our sport.

We remain fully committed to the continued global growth and development of Para Surfing through the organization of the annual ISA World Para Surfing Championships, our specialized Para Surfing coaching and instructing programs as well as promoting Para Surfing to the widest possible audience.

The ISA looks forward to working with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in continuing to advocate for Para Surfing’s inclusion in the 2032 Paralympic Games in Brisbane and beyond.

ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said:

“We are, of course, disappointed in this news, but as surfers, when we miss a wave, we turn and paddle just as hard for the next one, and we will do the same now with the hope of seeing Para Surfing included in Brisbane in 2032.

“Para surfers are amazing athletes, full of hope and resilience in the face of life’s challenges. We take inspiration from their love of this sport, and reaffirm our commitment to them and to this sport. Just as was the case with Olympic surfing, we will continue to advocate and promote Para Surfing as being worthy of a place on the highest para-sport stage – the Paralympic Games.”

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