Kemily started surfing at just one and a half years old. She is now 18 years old and has multiple podium finishes under her belt. Kemily has remained committed to her family, her studies, and her development as an athlete. She currently attends university and plans to use the scholarship money to help pay for her books and tuition.
Brazil - Alma Corgiolu
Alma is a dedicated competitive surfer from Santa Catarina, Brazil. In her eight years of surfing, she has achieved many first-place finishes and continues to train diligently to reach her full potential. Alma will use the scholarship funds to improve the quality of her education by purchasing educational materials.
Brazil - Fabricio Conceição de Jesus
Fabricio is a dedicated and talented surfer from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil who dreams of becoming a professional. Though he was out of school for 2 years due to recent hardships he’s faced, he is back in school and dedicated to keeping up his education. Fabricio is mastering the balance between studying and surfing and plans to use his scholarship to hire an after-school tutor and purchase new surf equipment.
Brazil - João Rafael Cardoso Mendes
João shreds hard and trains harder. He practices after school multiple days a week, watching film, learning competition tactics, and improving his physical fitness. However, this does not distract him from succeeding in school; he is currently one grade ahead for his age and continues to receive high marks. João is also an active role model in his community, volunteering for projects that promote access to surfing for other local youths. João will use his scholarship to help pay for travel to competitions.
Chile - Isidora Fernández Lara
Isidora is an aspiring competitive surfer who trains five days a week to improve her surfing. Her coaches boast that she is committed and focused during surf practice while also being present in the classroom. Isidora dreams of going to school to eventually become a doctor but first she wants to become a professional surfer. Her family is confident she can achieve both goals. She plans to use her award to help fund her training and coaches.
Chile - Matilda Ignacia Fernández Lara
At only 11 years old, Matilda has already learned some valuable lessons while living the competitive surfing lifestyle: discipline, perseverance, and fun. She trains five days a week to improve her surfing skills. She is very responsible both in the water and in the classroom. She will use her scholarship to access more coaching and training to reach her competitive surfing goals.
Colombia - Juan Jose Velez Vargas
Juan is a very dedicated competitive surfer from Atlántico, Colombia. He is described by his coaches as kind, dedicated and loving despite the challenges he and has family have faced during his lifetime. He attends night school so he can take care of his younger brothers and sister but still finds time to surf in between. He will use the ISA scholarship to purchase new equipment that will allow him to continue chasing his surf dreams.
Costa Rica - Landy Jimena Ruíz Rojas
At only 16 years old, Landy Jimena has already made waves in the competitive adaptive surfing world. Thanks to her discipline and perseverance, she has multiple world championship podium finishes under her belt. She is excited to be an ambassador for the growth of adaptive surfing. Out of the water, Landy Jimena excels in school and art. She plans to use the scholarship award to fund her travel and entrance fees to more competitions.
Costa Rica - Kian Jirón Merkx
Kian is a competitive surfer from the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica who dreams of going pro. He is determined, competitive and disciplined in both the ocean and the classroom, excelling on both fronts. Kian loves studying math and learning new languages. Kian has to drive far to compete in Costa Rican competitions due to his location, but this doesn’t stop him from staying stoked. Kian will use the scholarship to pay for his competition registration fees and invest in more coaching.
Dominican Republic - Brianna Rodriguez Morel
After battling sickness for many years of her childhood, Brianna picked up surfing at age 11 and never looked back. Brianna acknowledges the healing power of surfing because she noticed an improvement in her overall wellbeing shortly after she first picked up the sport. Her goal is to study at university to become a commercial airline pilot and give back to her family who has always supported her. With her scholarship award, she will purchase educational equipment and materials to help her achieve her dream of being a pilot.
India - Akash Pujar
Askash is a 14-year-old surfer from a small coastal town of India. Akash has been spending a lot of time in the surf over the past couple of years, which has directly contributed to the improvement of his surfing skills. Akash also receives high marks in school and is dedicated to his studies. Akash will use this scholarship to purchase a new surfboard and help pay for school expenses.
India - Hanamanta Pujar
Hanamanta is a passionate, driven surfer from a small town in India. Hanamanta never turns down an opportunity to get in the water and ride waves. Hanamanta works hard in both the water and in the classroom while radiating positive, kind energy to those around him. He will use the scholarship to fund his education and buy his own surfboard.
Iran - Adnan Fouladi
Adnan dreams of becoming one of the best surfers in the world to make his village proud. His unique surfing style has been described as “playful”, but he trains seriously and diligently to reach his athletic goals. Adnan is also an environmental activist, regularly participating in local beach cleanups. He studies hard and hopes to be one of the first surfers from his village to attend university. Adnan will use the scholarship to purchase his first shortboard and help pay educational expenses.
Iran - Mehrnesa Sasoli
Mehrnesa is on a mission to become one of the best Iranian surfers. She is training with the goal of a podium finish at the next national championships. In addition to her own training, she enjoys teaching her friends how to surf and actively recruits more surfers to the lineup. She can be found brightening up the lineup with her infectious smile. Mehrnesa is also a stellar student and plans to use the scholarship to enroll in English lessons and purchase her own surfboard.
Iran - Abdollah Balouchi
Abdollah is a stand-out surfer from a small coastal village in Iran. At only 14 years old he is already highly skilled and determined to become one of the best surfers in Iran. Abdollah is described as kind and hard working. His listening skills make him an outstanding student and a coachable athlete. Abdollah aims to finish regular school and continue his education at university. The scholarship will undoubtedly help Abdollah reach his goals as he plans to utilize it to purchase his own surfboard and study English.
Jamaica - Nathaniel Bailey
Although Nathaniel has only been surfing for less than a year, he is already known by many to bring joy and positivity to the lineup whenever he’s surfing. Since he began surfing, he has trained diligently and has already progressed immensely. Nathaniel represented Jamaica in the ISA Para Surfing Championships in 2021 and continues to chase his competitive surfing dreams. In school, he is consistently at the top of his class and has participated in many extracurriculars, including student council. Nathaniel is stoked to use the scholarship to help cover the cost of his travel to the 2022 ISA Para Surfing Championships.
Senegal - Thioune Absa
Thioune is a 14-year-old from Senegal who fell in love with surfing a little over a year ago. Since then, she has finished second in her age bracket at the Senegalese national championships and continues to practice her surfing to improve her skills. When asked what her goals are, she said she wants to be a professional surfer and help her mom. She plans to attend college and will use the scholarship award to help pay for her educational expenses.
Senegal - Adama Sambe
Adama is a 17-year-old Senegalese surfer and university student. He was inspired by his brothers to start surfing and has progressed to a high level in only 4 years, placing second in his division at the last national championships. Being a part of the surfing community also inspired him to go back to school. Adama says he wants to continue his education so he can have a better future for and give back to his parents who have done so much for him. The ISA scholarship will help him stay in school as he plans use it to pay his school fees and purchase surf equipment.
Senegal - Issa Ndoye
Issa was inspired to start surfing while watching his uncle surf. He now surfs incredibly well and has competed in local competitions. He wants to finish with gold at the next competition and practices surfing every opportunity he gets. Issa embodies the spirit of sharing and joyfulness in the lineup. In school, Issa enjoys French class. He studied extra hard while his school was closed during the pandemic. Issa will use the award to help pay his school expenses and purchase a surfboard that is the right size for him as he continues to grow.
Senegal - Muhammed Diawara
Muhammed is a young surfer from Senegal who can frequently be found asking for advice from his peers in the lineup to improve his surfing. He has a clear desire to thoroughly understand everything from maneuvers to proper board care. He credits surfing with changing his life because it brought him more friends. He now spends a lot of his time teaching younger kids how to surf. Muhammed also enjoys studying mathematics and French. He will use the scholarship award to participate in accelerated learning courses and purchase surf equipment better suited for his size.
Trinidad and Tobago - Jesus Maharaj
Environmental activist Jesus can often be found cleaning up his local beach and pulling floating pieces of trash from the water while surfing. He loves surfing because it connects him with the ocean and with his friends. He recently had to change schools but has made the most of it by exploring all the opportunities the school offers with a smile on his face. He especially enjoys Algebra class. He will use the scholarship award to pay for his textbooks, school supplies and other educational expenses.
Trinidad and Tobago - Kerry-Ann Maharaj
Kerry-Ann is always ready to grab a surfboard and catch some waves. During the pandemic she started participating in her local surf therapy program and has been in love with surfing ever since. Kerry-Ann dreams of becoming an airplane pilot someday and understands she will need to work hard in school to achieve this dream. The scholarship award will help her pay for her books, supplies and school uniform.
Trinidad and Tobago - Cheyenne Patino-Ubeda
Cheyenne is an aspiring competitive surfer from the small island of Tobago. She says that being one of the few female surfers in Tobago only fuels her desire to improve her surfing. She is just as enthusiastic about surfing as she is about her studies and continues to excel in her homeschool program. Cheyenne will invest the scholarship award in high-level training to help her reach her full athletic potential.
Trinidad and Tobago - Riano Louis
Surfing is Riano’s number one passion in life. He has been competing in local competitions and is ready to take his surfing to the next level. As an athlete, he is described as self-driven and determined. When he’s not in the water, he also enjoys other action sports like skating and mountain biking. Despite challenges caused by the pandemic and political uprisings, he has remained a focused student in school and athlete in training. Riano plans to use the scholarship to purchase a new surfboard.
Uruguay - Felipe Machado
Felipe’s school teachers regard him as a student who is eager to participate and learn. Felipe started surfing competitively at a very young age. However, being the smallest surfer in the heat never stopped him from competing his hardest. Now, at 10 years old, he travels to new surf breaks when possible and continues to broaden his surf knowledge and capabilities. His home is far from most competitions, so the ISA scholarship will help him pay his travel expenses to keep chasing his surfing dreams.
Uruguay - Ashelen Cruz Barrios
For Ashelen, surfing is everything. She has recently climbed the rankings as a young competitive surfer in Uruguay. Ashelen hopes that her surfing will inspire more girls to try surfing. Ashelen volunteers at her local surf school to help teach younger kids how to surf. She is eager to keep competing in high-level events but traveling from her small town is very costly. The scholarship will help her overcome these financial barriers by funding her travel and competition expenses.
Venezuela - Jhonaiker Rodriguez
Jhonaiker is a talented young athlete from a small town in Venezuela. He competes in shortboard and bodyboard, excelling in both disciplines. Jhonaiker loves surfing because he gets to spend time with his friends and represent his community. Despite having faced some hardships in life, Jhonaiker plans to stay in school, study hard and attend university when he is older. The scholarship will help him purchase school supplies and a new bodyboard.
Venezuela - Valeria Alejadra Benítez Til
Valeria loves surfing because it gives her a healthy lifestyle and connects her to nature. She is a disciplined and responsible athlete and student, constantly pushing herself to excel on both fronts. She has represented Venezuela on the international stage and continues to grow in her surfing ability. She will use the ISA scholarship to help her enter and travel to more competitions.
Brazil - Sarah Souza Ozorio
A talented yet humble athlete, 14-year-old Sarah is well-respected for her character and serves as a role model in the Brazilian surf community. The ISA Scholarship will help Sarah remain dedicated to her studies by ensuring she is able to purchase necessary school materials. The ISA Scholarship will also provide resources to improve her surf skills through training and allow her to compete at more national, and hopefully international, levels.
Brazil- Letícia Calleia
Leticia is a surfer passionate about sustainability and the environment. At 13 years old, she dreams of pursuing a career in Biology and continuing to promote peace, joy and a human connection through her love of surfing. Leticia is an excellent student with a deep commitment to her studies. The ISA Scholarship will allow her to purchase school materials and will provide her the opportunity to continue participating in local and national surf competitions.
Chile- Isidora Fernandez
Isidora trains every morning before school with the dream of one day surfing in the Olympics. Perseverance, humility, passion, responsibility, and patience are values she has learned through surfing, and she wants to continue her studies to become a medical doctor.
The ISA Scholarship will provide her with funds to pay next year’s academic tuition and allow her to purchase a computer to continue her studies online while schools are closed due to the pandemic.
Chile- Matilda Ignacia Fernández Lara
At 10 years of age, Matilda has already learned to beautifully balance her passions of academics and surfing. Education has always been a priority for Matilda and she is dedicated to continuing her studies to become a medical sport surgeon. As a young surf ambassador, Matilda wishes to use the ISA Scholarship to improve her surf skills by purchasing surf equipment that will further her training and competition at the national level.
Costa Rica- Madeline Samoa Inneken Solano
10-year old Madeline is drawn to nature as an intrinsic ambassador for maintaining our environment and preserving our oceans. Along with her friends, Madeline formed a group that safeguards their local beach through clean-ups where she ensures plastics are recycled properly. As a previous recipient of the ISA Scholarship, she promotes the growth and development of surfing by offering free surf lessons in her community. Attending school and receiving top grades to become a marine biologist is very important to her. She will use the ISA Scholarship to contribute to her school fees and training to compete at the Costa Rican National Championships.
Costa Rica- Loany Alvarez Marín
Hailing from Puerto Viejo, Limon, Loany’s objective is to become a sports journalist and travel abroad to compliment her education through valuable international experience. Although she is fairly new to surfing, Loany is driven and has poured her energy into daily training where she displays promising discipline and skills. Loany wishes to continue her education so that she may pursue a career that will allow her to share her love of all sports.
Costa Rica- Eli Sol Hernández León
Gregarious and outdoor enthusiast, Eli Sol, has been stoked on surfing from a very young age. Surfing brings balance and joy to his life and has allowed him to connect with his country on a deeper level through travel for competitions. His goal is to pursue a career in marine biology and be an ambassador for our oceans by sharing the importance of protecting all aspects of our environment so that future generations can enjoy. The ISA Scholarship will allow him to purchase his necessary school uniform and supplies as well as continue training for when surf competitions begin again in Costa Rica.
Ecuador- Tomás Vergara
Drawn to surfing at age 4, Tomas trains daily at his local beach on Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos archipelago. He is active with the local surf club and participates in fund-raising efforts to ensure the Club can fulfill their local outreach programs. His contributions to beach clean-ups and mentoring younger children through art activities makes him a well-rounded ambassador for surfing. Tomas not only shows dedication to his community and surf training. He prioritizes his education and has maintained the highest academic average in his class since the first grade. He holds Provincial Surf Championship titles and will use the ISA Scholarship to gain access to training that will improve his skills to compete at international competitions.
Ecuador- Juan Arturo Lopez Borbor
11-year-old Juan loves how surfing provides him with the opportunity to meet people of different cultures and he strives to be a better individual in and out of the water. He strongly believes that his education has provided him with the necessary discipline to succeed in surfing. In 2021 alone, he won 3 Gold medals at Santa Elena’s provincial competitions in the Under 12-14 category. His goal is to represent Ecuador at the international level and grow the sport of surfing in his country. Along with his dedication and love for surfing, he wants to continue his education to prepare for a better future. He will use the ISA Scholarship to hire a coach to improve his technique, buy a board to train, and supplement his education.
El Salvador- Julissa Garcia
Enthusiastic and dedicated surfer, Julissa, shows a high level of perseverance and kindness in her everyday life. In the water she helps young surfers with their training. Out of the water, Julissa knows the importance of serving her community and volunteers to support first-responders from El Salvador’s National Fire and Police Departments.
Throughout the pandemic, Julissa continued to receive high marks as a student, remained current with her studies, and even received an academic scholarship to attend high school. Julissa wishes to use the ISA Scholarship to buy a board with which she can train to hopefully qualify for Team El Salvador at the 2022 ISA World Junior Surf Championship.
Fiji- Kiesha Wakeham
Those who know Keisha describe her as an individual that exudes a great spirit with a big heart. She is a well-rounded role model who demonstrates kindness and work ethic in and out of the water. Her outstanding leadership is defined by patience, kindness, and strength and she dedicates equal time to her sports and studies. She has qualified for Fiji’s National Surf Team and she hopes to travel to Fiji’s outer islands to improve her skills on larger, more consistent waves. Her ability to improve her skills is currently hindered by a lack of good equipment. She will use the ISA Scholarship to purchase a board as well as a laptop to continue her studies while traveling for competitions.
Fiji- Niko Ravouvou Muller
Twelve-year-old Niko enjoys being a supportive role model to the many friends he meets through surfing. He tributes surfing to keeping him fit and making him a better person. Niko expresses that surfing allows him to be close to nature and enjoys riding waves such as Restaurants, Swimming Pools and Natadola in Fiji. Niko loves being creative and strives to one day pursue a career as a graphic designer. The ISA Scholarship will help him purchase school materials and the proper surf gear to train more effectively.
Guatemala- Ashley Yomaira Zaldaña Machic
Ashley is a driven and passionate surfer who focuses on achieving both her scholastic and athletic goals. She wakes up at 5 am every morning in order to train prior to her classes. Since education is very important to her, she is determined to attend a university to pursue a career in sports. Ashley tributes surfing to improving her mental and physical health and likes to encourage others to incorporate surfing’s benefits into their daily lives as well. Ashley will use the ISA Scholarship to continue her studies and obtain adequate nutrition in order to train at a higher level.
Guatemala- Maria Elizabeth Franco Castillo
Maria recalls her introduction to surfing as a life-changing experience. Maria struggled with illnesses as a child and surfing greatly improved her quality of life. Being a witness to the positive impact a sport can have on the body and mind, Maria now aspires to pursue a profession as a medical doctor while continuing to be a role model for future generations. In addition to prioritizing her studies, Maria ranked third in Guatemala’s most recent National Surf Competition. Maria personifies the qualities of a great surf ambassador and wishes to use the ISA Scholarship to study English and to cover travel expenses to competitions.
India- Sivaraj Babu
Before school every day, Sivaraj’s daily routine consists of waking up at 3am to work with his family and have time to surf. He is a true role model for other surfers and displays perseverance and determination. Sivaraj wants to improve his English as he knows that it can improve his life path by opening new opportunities for him internationally. As a talent both scholastically and in the water, Sivaraj currently ranks 3rd in India’s National Championships, placed 2nd at the Mahabs Open Surf Comp 2021, and even obtained an academic scholarship in order to attend a university next Fall. He will be the first in his family with the opportunity to pursue higher education. Dedicated to his studies, Sivaraj believes surf education is also important to improving his skills. He plans to use the ISA Scholarship to continue English courses so that he is able to attend a future ISA Instructor Course and help others find their passion within surfing. The ISA Scholarship will also assist with travel expenses to national competitions and allow him to obtain quality surf equipment.
India- Pradeep Pujar
Exceptionally mature for his young age of 12, Pradeep emphasizes the importance of a well-rounded education and makes it his primary emphasis. He credits surfing as the catalyst with which he has built confidence, learned valuable life lessons, and improved his character. He is thankful that surfing has opened his world and has allowed him to meet genuine people from varying backgrounds. The ISA Scholarship will contribute to furthering his education and providing opportunities to participate competitively.
India- Raju Pujar
When Raju surfs he experiences joy, empowerment, and freedom. The physically challenging work he does with his family strengthens his physical body and his character. Surfing has given Raju the ability to rise above life’s challenges, has earned him respect within his community, and has allowed him to develop his own identity. The mental and physical benefits of surfing, along with the positive encouragement from his community, have given Raju a spark to excel in both his studies and surfing. Raju believes surfing has been a positive life guide that has helped him possess the drive to improve his future.
India- Harish Muthu
Harish embodies a resourceful and creative individual. Using a small phone screen to watch all the surfing videos he can access, Harish learns new surf maneuvers and immediately mirrors them in the water. Harish currently holds the 5th place National ranking in India. When he isn’t surfing, Harish pours his energy into improving his English and understands the future opportunities that such a language skill can offer. Harish wishes to travel to India’s west coast where the next SFI National Indian Surf Competition will take place. He will apply the ISA Scholarship toward the purchase of a board more suited to his height along with competition fees and travel expenses. He emphasizes that surfing and a higher education will allow him to transcend his financial boundaries and improve his contributions to society.
Indonesia- Abdul Feri
Abdul portrays the definition of a strong work ethic while always wearing a smile on his face. Although his daily schedule involves balancing working with his family and attending school, he consistently does so with a bright, positive attitude that sets an example to all those around him. The ISA Scholarship will contribute to Abdul’s continued education and his acquirement of basic surf gear such as boardshorts.
Indonesia- Alfan Alfan
Alfan is an individual that exemplifies the belief that “anything is possible". He surfs Lakey Peak daily despite having to walk 40 minutes each way. He demonstrates resilience and an intense dedication to improving his situation. Displaying talent scholastically and as a sportman, Alfan remains motivated and willing to work hard without complaining. He will use the ISA Scholarship to improve his life path through education and increased surf training.
Indonesia- Gunawan House
16-year-old Gunawan is quiet, sweet and humble. Along with Gunawan's dedication to education, he wishes to promote surfing as a mechanism that creates positive change and improves lives. As an ambassador of the sport and a role model to his community, he aims to travel to Bali and Lombok to participate in competitions and increase visibility around local talent. The ISA Scholarship will provide Gunawan with the necessary financial support to continue his English language education and advance his aspiration of generating surf opportunities within his community.
Jamaica- Aimi Gordon
Aimi is active in uplifting her community through her involvement as a member of JAM Surf Camp, which hosts Black Girls Surf Development Programs. Being a positive role model is important to her and she strives to become a better person both in and out of the water. Aimi is a true ambassador for the sport, displayed by her positive attitude and strong commitment to academics, surfing, and environmental conservation. Her academic goals include taking the SAT so that she has the capability to go to college for culinary school. She is an inspiration to younger girls through showing commitment to fearlessly charge larger waves and to excel in all aspects of life. This ISA Scholarship will provide her with the ability to continue her passion and life goals.
Jamaica- Corey Valentine
10-year-old Corey radiates a positive attitude and credits education as the key to achieving success. Surfing brings calmness to his life and gives him time with his friends through a healthy and character-building avenue. Corey remains focused on his schoolwork and will use the ISA Scholarship to pay for lunch money, school fees, and extra lessons to excel academically. He participates in the homework program run by the Jamnesia Surf Club, at Freedom Skate, and is confident to reach out when he is in need of assistance in his schoolwork and assignments. Corey uses the few resources available in his community to inspire his peers and portray a strong work ethic.
Jamaica- Shaqueal Grant
Despite only surfing for six months, this young man already displays great skill and potential. Shaqueal values his family and community and is a member of Freedom Skate Park. He aspires to become either a soldier or a mechanic so that he can successfully support his family and contribute to his community. Shaqueal’s primary focus is attending a university and will use the ISA Scholarship to pay for exams and school fees. He is strongly committed to creating a bright future for himself and others through education.
Maldives- Zayaan Ismail
Zayaan has been surfing for three years and aspires to become a professional surfer and represent his country at the international level. Zayaan began surfing in early 2019 and went on to participate in the 2019 National Surfing Championship in the U-18 Junior division, becoming the youngest to compete in the Maldives’ Nationals. In 2020, he earned a position in the junior division for the Maldives National Surfing Tour and is currently ranked 3rd. Zayaan not only portrays exemplary commitment to the sport, but also to his education. He is preparing for his school exams and the ISA Scholarship will contribute to his high school education.
Morocco- Rayan Elouedrhiri
Rayan has been in the water since age four and shows a great deal of adaptability and curiosity for the world around him. Rayan excels in school especially in English, French, and mathematics. His intelligence, driven nature, positive attitude, and high regard for others makes him a quality role model in his community. His passion for education and the environment has contributed to his determination to become an engineer in sustainable energy. Rayan will use the ISA Scholarship to replace his broken surfboard and pay for school fees.
Peru- Mariano Robles
Mariano is a kind and empathetic young surfer who makes friends in and out of the water with ease. At just 10 years old, he has already been surfing for four years. He loves surfing because it provides him with the opportunity to explore various locations and interact with new people. The water bestows patience and tranquility upon Mariano which helps to balance his life and allows him to focus on his studies toward a career in architecture. He is very passionate about using surfing as a catalyst to support his goals and aspires to become an inspiration for future generations.
Peru- Manuel Robles
Manuel is an avid 15-year-old young surfer who aims to increase his skills through national and international competitions. His educational goals include mastering the English language to expand his opportunities in a future career as a systemic engineer. Surfing encourages him to strive for the best and he deeply values the connection he feels with nature. Manuel desires to see the world and travel to national and international competitions to improve his skills.
Philippines- Vea Estrellado
Determined, hardworking, and persistent, Vea is highly regarded by her teachers and coaches alike. Since 2019, Vea ranks amongst the top three female surfers in the Philippines in both the Shortboard and Longboard Open division. Vea is equally dedicated to her education and always holds her studies in high esteem as she works toward her dream of studying Criminology. Despite her tireless commitment to training for the 2021 ISA World Surfing Games, her grades did not waiver and her National Federation was supportive in monitoring her academic development. Vea is an ambassador of the sport and holds the key to inspire future generations.
Senegal- Déguene Thioune
Déguene is a courageous and energetic young surfer who only began catching waves last summer. When she is passionate about a cause, she pours her whole heart into the task. Déguene is one of the few girl surfers in her community, making her an example to those around her and paving the path for future generations. Her perseverance to improve in a sport she knew little about demonstrates her leadership and her willingness to welcome challenges. Her first priority is to cover her school fees and the ISA Scholarship will also help supplement the funds to purchase a used board for further training. With the goal to compete at the National level next year, Déguene demonstrates the strength and tenacity necessary to promote Senegalese surfing for women.
Senegal- Yacine Samba
At only six years old, Yacine is promoting the next generation of surfing in Senegal. Her positive energy and focus have contributed to her remarkable progress in the sport. Her family and community avidly support her surfing and encourage her at every step. Yacine recently began attending school in October and she will primarily use this scholarship to set a solid foundation for her education. We look forward to seeing what this young ambitious surfer will achieve!
Senegal- Assane Samb
Assane is described as polite and energetic and is known for catching waves with “relentless determination.” He is seen as a very respectful and inspiring member of society and practices kindness and leadership in and out of the water. Assane’s primary desire is to be a valuable asset to society and help support his family. He is known to embrace challenges with energy and commitment. In 2021, his acquired skills and style ranked him third in his category at the Senegalese National surfing contest. Assane works hard to improve his scholastic marks and will apply the ISA Scholarship toward the necessary school supplies for his studies.
Senegal- Issa Diouf
12-year-old Issa acknowledges the positive impact that surfing has already imprinted on his life. He now directs his energy toward positive influences and is focused on being a constructive member of society. He dreams of attending college and improving his skills as an athlete. This ISA Scholarship will allow Issa to pay for schoolbooks and surf gear so that he can achieve the goals he sets for himself in both surfing and his studies. He embodies a healthy mindset and is an encouraging role model to younger surfers.
Thailand- Natthapon Yamsila
At 13 years old, Natthapon is already establishing himself as a standout surfer. Hailing from Kalam Beach, he surfs daily and has ranked within the top 4 surfers at local competitions. Natthapon also placed 2nd in the 2020 Thailand Surfing Championship. Along with pursuing his studies, Natthapon is dedicated to training so that he can one day make the National Team and qualify for future Olympic Games.
Trinidad and Tobago- Esther Hares
Esther won her first National event at the age of 8. In 2019 she was recognized as the most outstanding National Youth Surfer in Trinidad and Tobago and was nominated for the prestigious First Citizens National Awards. Through the seven years that she has been surfing, she has displayed the high level of dedication, commitment and discipline needed to achieve her goals. Her strong work ethic allows her to excel in English Literature and Creative Writing and she aspires to study Journalism at the university level to acquire writing skills to document her surf travels. As the top-ranking female surfer in her country, Esther wants to showcase the opportunities available to women in the sport.
Trinidad and Tobago- Kevon Skinner
Kevon comes from the rural seaside community of Balandra. Although he faces many challenges due to the nature of his environment, Kevon is active in the local Surf Therapy Program promoting positive mental health for individuals in his region. The ISA Scholarship would not only help supply Kevon with surf equipment and school supplies but also bolster his hopes and aspirations. He will use the funds to purchase a tablet to continue his studies in the current online environment.
Trinidad and Tobago- Theon Cuffy
Theon exemplifies strong leadership qualities and is currently training to become a mentor with Way for Hope- a surf therapy program for youth in his community. With the belief that an education is also essential to being a positive role model, Theon prioritizes his academics while also portraying sound character and talent in the water. Given the current online education system, Theon is required to own a tablet to keep up with his studies. With the help of the ISA Scholarship, he will be able to purchase his own tablet, as opposed to borrowing one, so that he can continue prioritizing his education.
Venezuela- Arturo Barreto
Arturo strives to be an exemplary individual in the water and seeks to help younger children find their love for the sport as well. He trains hard and is consistently focused on improving his skills by researching techniques and mastering new maneuvers. Surfing provides him with a sense of peace and through spending copious amounts of time in the water, he has come to value the importance of ocean conservation. Surfing has created a positive impact on Arturo’s life and he wishes to pass along that stoke to others. With the financial support of the ISA Scholarship, he will be able to buy a laptop so that he can remain current with his online education.
Venezuela- Leonel Rodriguez
Leonel is motivated to excel and exemplifies this trait through his organization, punctuality, and focus on his academics. His love for the water brings balance and joy to his life. He currently must share a bodyboard with others his age and the ISA Scholarship will provide him the opportunity to purchase his own board and participate in competitions. The funds also allow him to attend school and purchase a school uniform.
Venezuela- Ayllen Villarroel
Ayllen is passionate about her involvement in the She Plays Safe ambassador program and wants to use her voice to empower other young female athletes. An avid surfer, Ayllen took 3rd place in the 2021 Valida Nacional de Surf. To become an effective leader, Ayllen believes in furthering her studies as well. Through continuing English courses, she hopes to build her proficiency to an international level. Through her positive energy and her love of people and surfing, Ayllen is paving the way for future generations of female surfers in Venezuela.
Venezuela- Jhony Montiel
Daily training has secured a positive impact on Jhony’s mental and physical health while also inspiring him to be more focused on increasing his grades in school. He dreams of attending culinary school to become a professional chef. Since he currently relies on borrowing school supplies to complete homework assignments, the ISA Scholarship will provide him with the means to purchase his own necessities to ensure he can excel in school. Jhony is always eager to get in the water and it brings him an immense sense of pride to be an ambassador for the sport of surfing.
Guillermo Satt, Chile
Diego Vargas Silva, Ecuador
Imani Wilmot, Jamica
Juninho Urcia, Peru
Lungani Memani, South Africa
Brain Masmut, Argentina
Martin Carricart, Argentina
Ametza Nicholls, Barbados
Chelsea Tauch, Barbados
Isaac Norman, Canada
Howard Andres Gomez, Columbia
Alberto Munoz, Costa Rica
Carlos Munoz, Costa Rica
Angel Compres, Dominican Republic
Eduar Santana, Dominican Republic
David Villaroel, Ecuador
Fredy Morales, Guatemala
Holly Donnelly, Great Britain
Ackeam Phillips, Jamaica
Nao Umura, Japan
Juninho Urcio, Peru
Bertie Stuurman, South Africa
Juan Mateos, Spain
Monyca Byrne-Wickey, United States
Brian Masmut, Argentina
Martín Carricart, Argentina
Joaquín Castanon, Argentina
Dominic Reisch, Australia
Amiya Doyle, Australia
Ametza Nicholls, Barbados
Jade Niccols, Barbados
Jordan Heaselgrave, Barbados
Victor Bernardo, Brazil
Isaac Norman, Canada
Tomás Villegas, Chile
Camilo Hernández, Chile
Manuel Mesen, Costa Rica
Alberto Muñoz, Costa Rica
Carlos Muñoz, Costa Rica
Roberto Rodriguez, Ecuador
Brandon García, Guatemala
Fredy Morales, Guatemala
Henry Rivera, Guatemala
Garren Pryce, Jamaica
Leon McKenzie, Jamaica
Nao Omura, Japan
Arashi Kato, Japan
Aman Ashraf, Maldives
Itzel García, Mexico
Jayda Martin Fitzharris, New Zealand
Joaquín del Castillo, Perú
Juninho Urcia, Perú
Miguel Tudela, Perú
Pedro Alcobia, Portugal
Christian Rivera, Puerto Rico
Brandon Benjamin, South Africa
Bright Ntuli, South Africa
Khaye Ngcobo, South Africa
Lucía Martino, Spain
Darío Jordan, Trinidad
James Philips, Trinidad
Christian Arballo, United States
Demi Boelsteri, United States
Federico Longo, Uruguay
Benjamin de Castro, Angola
Benjamin de Castro has been surfing since he was eleven years old when he moved to South African from Angola. Benjamin claims to love surfing because he is good at it. He has participated in competitions against the SA National team, as well as the team from Reunion. When Benjamin grows up he would like to own his own surf shop and surf school.
Roger Vuuanza, Angola
Surfing is Roger Vuuanza’s life. He claims that everything he does has something to do with surfing. Roger and his family moved to South Africa from Angola to have a better life. Roger is very thankful for what his mother has done for him and his family, and he would ultimately like to help her out. When Roger grows up he would like to continue his education and study Sports Science. His surfing dreams include participating and doing well in more competitions and to set an example by being a role model for younger surfers.
Ana Martina Gainza, Argentina
Ana Martina Gainza started surfing because it is a mixture of her two passions: sports and the beach. When Ana isn’t at school or studying English, she is surfing any chance she gets. In the summers Ana works to make money so she can compete in surfing competitions. She has previously participated in the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship that were held in Ecuador and the ISA World Surfing Games that were held in France. When Ana grows up she would like to study more languages and photography.
Tobias Ortells, Argentina
Tobias Ortells and his family both have a shared understanding of his passion for the sea and how happy surfing makes him. Tobias has been surfing for over eight years and despite the cold waters at his local surfing beach, he still tries to suit up and surf any chance he can get. His family is very supportive of his surfing dreams. His father is always there for him at all of his tournaments and workouts, as well as through all the high points and low points that come with competition and life in general.
Belko Contreras, Chile
Belko Contreras has been surfing since he was twelve years old. At first he just started with a used board he received as a gift but later developed a passion for long boarding. Belko describes long boarding as a combination of “the classics with the radical”. When Belko realized his passion for long boarding, he dedicated himself to more rigorous training which incorporates practicing yoga, meditation, swimming, weightlifting and much more to help better his surfing overall. Belko aspires to study nutrition and dietetics and eventually work in a hospital setting so he can help people as well as finance his other dreams.
Jean Carlos Mendez, Costa Rica
Jean Carlos Mendez hasn’t been surfing for very long, but ever since he started he has excelled exponentially. From all of his hard work and dedication, Jean Carlos is now a member of the national circuit. Jean Carlos knows that the probability of becoming the best surfer in the world is very small, so in the future he would like to become a dentist. With the understanding that surfing may not be career path, Jean Carlos will always live with surfing in his heart.
Cesar Reyes, Ecuador
Cesar Reyes started pursing his passion for surfing when he was twelve years old. Cesar discovered the sport and instantly fell in love with it the first time he saw a group of surfers surf the waves of San Mateo. He originally started surfing on an old body board but when that broke he was given of an old surf board and began to realize his potential. Since that day Cesar has participated on a Surfing Contest Tour for schools of Manta and he has placed first in all three tournaments. When Cesar grows up he would like to become and Agronomic Engineer and own a farm in the rainforest while protecting the environment.
Tassy Swallow, Great Britain
Tassy Swallow has been surfing since she was eight years old and is now sharing her passion with her younger siblings by teaching them to surf. Tassy has received a Sports Leadership qualification so that she can run a project along side with a surf school that will help disadvantaged women from local centers for single parents and victims of domestic violence, and help with young women who were referred as part of a healthy living intuitive. Another honor that Tassy has received is that she has been selected to join the South West Regional Talent Support Programme by the University of Bath. With this honor, not only has her surfing progressed but it has also given her a direction for her future educational goals. Tassy hopes to study psychology at Truro College as well as doing a Sport Excellence diploma.
Armani Green, Jamaica
Armani Green has been surfing since he was ten years old. School is very important to Armani so he makes sure to get all of his homework done before he is able to go surfing. When Armani isn’t surfing he plays football (soccer) with his brother and other surfers from the Jamnesia surf club or he is practicing his dance moves. Armani aspires to one day become a doctor. He really enjoys helping people and by being a doctor he feels that he can keep people health and safe. Armani would also like to become a professional surfer so he can travel the world, make money doing what he loves, and be able to represent his country and his sponsors.
Ronald Hastings, Jamaica
Ronald Hastings has been surfing since he was seven years old. Ronald dreams of becoming a professional surfer where he is given the opportunity to travel the world and compete with other surfers. If Ronald isn’t able to become a professional surfer he would like to become a soldier so he can help defend and keep his country safe.
Naomi Kabayashi, Japan
Naomi Kabayashi rode his first wave on the nose of a surfboard when he was only a year old. Not until he was five years old was he able to ride a short board on his own. Naomi has also been passionate and respectful of the sea. When he was in Kindergarten he received the nickname “the doctor of the sea” because he knew so much about the sea. After every time Naomi surfs, he makes sure to thank and respect the sea so he bows. Ever since Naomi’s first surfing competition, when he was in 5th grade, he decided he is going to be a winner in the future and everyday is continuing to pursue that dream.
Hussain Rasheed, Maldives
Hussain is proud to call himself a Maldivian. He was taught by his brother at the age of thirteen how to surf. Even though his country consists of 98% water and attractive surf breaks most teenage and young Maldivian’s participate in land sports. Hussain’s surfing dreams are to become the number one ranked surfer in his country and to win a medal in an international competition. Another dream that Hussain has for his future is to educate the people of his community about surfing by teaching others to surf as well as having other surf related programs visible in his community.
Carlos Cervantes, Mexico
Ever since Carlos Cervantes was a young child, he and his family would go down to the beach and watch people surf. It wasn’t until years later that Carlos was able to access a surfboard and begin to explore his passion for surfing. Carlos and his brother try to surf as often as they can but when they are unable to, they stay active by running to the boardwalk or skateboarding. When Carlos grows up, his dream is to own a surf shop with his brother.
Mahorahora McLeod, New Zealand
Before Mahorahora McLeod started surfing two years ago his dream was to become a professional league player, but now he wants to be a professional surfer. Mahorahora is a part of the Taranaki under 15’s Touch and Taranaki Under 14’s league, but enjoys surfing much more and is practicing whenever he gets the chance. When there aren’t any waves to surf Mahorahora is on his skateboard practices his maneuvers. Mahorahora knows that in order to reach his life dreams he must “go the distance to get the rewards”.
Jean Carlos Gonzales, Panama
Jean Carlos Gonzales lives in the small village of Saint Catalina which has the best surfing waves in Panama. Jean Carlos currently holds the 2nd position in the National Circuit of Surfing in the junior category and he also has represented his home country of Panama with high finishes in events such as Bolivarianos of Surfing in Ecuador. With the ISA scholarship Jean Carlos plans on putting the money towards school, tournaments, trainings, trips and to improve his quality of life.
Miluska Tello, Peru
Miluska Tello started surfing at the age of 11. She has recently becoming a part of the National Championship of Surfing in the U16 category. Miluska’s surfing dreams are to become a world champion surfer like her idol Sofía Mulanovich. She also aspires to continue her education at a University where she hopes to study Business Administration. During a normal week Miluska has to distribute her time between school, her chores, and surfing but when the weekend comes she spends 100% of her time surfing.
Juninho Urcia, Peru
Juninho Urcia’s surfing and educational dreams have been furthered with the help of the ISA Scholarship. Not only is Juninho receiving high marks in school and being a role model for the other students but he is also participating at a very competitive level in his surfing career. Some of Juninho’s achievements in 2009 were the National Champion in the Under 14 Division in two competitions and 4th place in the Latin American event Juegos Bolivarianos, Salinas, Ecuador. Juninho aspires to continue to participate in national events as well as start competing in ALAS (Latin American Surfing Association) events to eventually end up competing in the WCT.
Mamadou Mbengue, Senegal
Mamadou Mbengue was nominated for this scholarship by Fédération Sénégalaise de Surf for his outstanding characteristics such as his respect and his motivation. The ISA scholarship will help Mamadou to improve his grades and excel in surfing and to the top of the podiums in future competitions. Mamadou and the Fédération Sénégalaise are committed and are working in the direction of the ISA motto, “For a Better Surfing Future”.
Papi Makanyane, South Africa
When Papi Makanyane started surfing in 2005 he turned his back on all other sports and focused on “the best sport in the world”. Last year Papi was invited to the SA trials for the SA Junior Team and despite not making it he tried he knows that he tried his hardest. Papi’s surfing dream is to become a pro surfer. He also hopes to continue his education and go to college to study sports marketing. Papi is “determined to be the best that he can be and never give up”.
Jarred Veldhuis, South Africa
Jarred Veldhuis has been surfing since his first wave at the age of six. With the help and support of Jarred’s parents he has become a PST competitor and started to surf the SSA circuit with all the local contests such as Billabongs, Quicksilver KOG, Volkom and Ripcurl. Jarred has made the National Team and is very honored and proud to represent his country in the Quicksilver ISA World Junior Championships in New Zealand in 2010. His future goal is to become a professional surfer and surf the WQS and hopefully qualify for the WCT. As Jarred is working towards that goal he is furthering his education and would ultimately like to become a professional chef.
Donghoon Kim, South Korea
Donghoon Kim started surfing in 2008 when he and some of his friends decided to sign up for the afterschool activity. Until that date Donghoon hadn’t found any other outdoor activities he enjoyed now he spends more time outside “for a ride in the sea”. Donghoon and his mother agree that having something that he is passionate about is very important because it keeps him focused on life. Donghoon’s dream is to someday become the best Korean surfer.
Colby Stanley, Spain
When Colby Stanley was around eight years old he developed his passion for surfing while partaking in a summer course. That first summer he spent every day in the water and traveled to a new beach every morning. After that summer Colby was hooked. When Colby and his friends aren’t able to surf due to lack of waves, they are staying active by playing tennis or football. In the future Colby hopes to continue his education and attain a degree in Sports.
Ian Ross Schweden, Trinidad & Tobago
Ian Ross Schweden started surfing when he was eight years old. He really enjoys partaking in the contests and surfing the big waves. Ian is now trying to expand his surfing knowledge by obtaining a better understanding of the different branches of surfing. In the future Ian would like to have a career on the sea. Ian is deciding between getting his captain license so he can sail boats around the Caribbean and taking the necessary steps to receive his helicopter license.
Marissa Shaw, United States
Marissa Shaw has always seen the beach as her playground but didn’t realize her hidden talent for surfing until six years ago. Ever since that day Marissa has continued to improve her new found passion for surfing and has made the finals in NSSA Nationals, anchoring for her high school surf team as well as getting close to making the Pac Sun USA Surf Team. Other than surfing, Marissa plans to continue her education and pursue another one of her hobbies, emergency medicine. When Marissa isn’t surfing she is focusing on school or working one of her two jobs as a State beach lifeguard and a City pool lifeguard. The water truly is Marissa’s playground.
Nicolas Bulla, Venezuela
Nicolas Bulla was draw to standing on a board, to create equilibrium and slide with the wave when he was thirteen years old. Leading up to Nicolas’s first surfing experience he tried other sports but none seemed to spark his interest like surfing did. Nicolas claims that when he stood up on his first wave he “had found what was mine, surfing”. In the future Nicolas intends to become a professional surfer and study photography and art.
Tobias Ortells, Argentina
Tobias Ortells has been surfing as much as he can ever since a family friend introduced him to the sport when he was nine years old. When Tobias grows up he would like to continue his education and travel the world. His surfing dreams include becoming a Latin surf champion, an Argentinean champion, and to be in the Top 100 WQS.
Jack Murray, Australia
Jack Murray has loved the sport since the first day his father took him surfing. His favorite wave is Uluwata but his dream is to surf at Desert Point, Lombok. When Jack isn’t surfing he is attending school, skateboarding or snow skiing (season permitting).
Kelly Norris, Australia
Kelly Norris has been surfing since the age of seven when his family was on holiday and his dad pushed him onto the board. Ever since that day he has loved it. Kelly took his passion for surfing to the competitive circuit when he was eleven years old. When Kelly isn’t surfing he is staying active by skating, wakeboarding, and playing tennis. Kelly’s dream as a surfer is to be on the world tour and be in the top 10.
Chelsea Roett, Barbados
Chelsea Roett started surfing at the age of four on her bodyboard. She would compete with her friends for who could stand and ride the longest wave, and has been surfing ever since.In 2005, Chelsea took her surfing to a new level and started competing. That year she made the Barbados Junior Team, and it inspired her to become a better surfer by perfecting her maneuvers. When Chelsea isn’t surfing she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, as well as interior decorating and playing the drums.
Irons Burgos, Ecuador
When Irons Burgos was six years old he learned to surf at his father’s surf school. Irons’ surfing dream are to become a professional surfer and to be the first Ecuadorian World Champion in the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship and in the ASP Championships. He would like to one day be able to go to and surf at all the famous beaches in the world such as: Hawaii, California, South Africa, and France.
William Dansey, Fiji
William Dansey’s passion for surfing started from the first wave he stood up on in Taunovo. From that day he has been surfing anywhere and anything he can. His surfing dreams include opening the first ISA certified surf school in Fiji, as well as owning a surf shop. When William isn’t surfing he is partaking in one of his many other hobbies: basketball, skating, singing, playing guitar, fire dancing, drawing and teaching his pastor’s son how to play rugby.
Louis Baltazar Fears, France
Louis Baltazar Fears started surfing because his Dad surfed and has been hooked ever since. His surfing dream is to be a world champion and surf in Mexico. Louis’ favorite waves are Hossegor waves because they can either be really good barrels or long waves. When Louis isn’t surfing, he is either skating or skiing.
Jaide Lowe, Great Britain
Jaide Lowe’s father surfs and shared his passion for the sport with his daughter. Jaide has had many accomplishments since she started competing. She finished 1st place in numerous events from Volcom VQS, Ripcurl Grom Search, and the National Trust series. Jaide also made the quarterfinals in the Ripcurl Pro Juniors Euro Finals. Jaide dreams to one day surf in Indonesia. When Jaide isn’t surfing she enjoys swimming, skateboarding, as well as hanging out and watching movies with her sisters.
Mario Vega, Guatemala
Mario Vega has been surfing competitively since he was ten years old. His surfing dreams are to be a world renowned surfer. Mario is a part of the Guatemala Surfing Association where he has had the opportunity to travel to places both inside and outside of his home country of Guatemala. Mario’s other hobbies include running, which gives him energy, and playing football.
Gai Sato, Japan
Gai Sato wanted to be like his brother, and when he saw him getting on a surf board he wanted to start surfing. He realized his passion for surfing when he was eight years old. Since then the best result that Gai has achieved in surfing competitions was fourth in the Haleiwa International Open in 2011. Gia’s surfing goals include becoming a grand champion in JPSA (Japan Pro Surfing Association) as well as surfing in Mentawai, Indonesia.
Minato Takahashi, Japan
Minato Takahashi admiration for his father was what drove him to first start bodyboarding. His passion moved into the realm of surfing and ever since then he has been learning to surf at a surf school. Minato would like to become a surfer who people enjoy watching surf. Ever since Minato watched the final of ASP Quiksilver Pro 2011 in Ericeira Portugal, this surf spot has been on his wish list.
Jelle de Roode, Netherlands
Jelle de Roodes was literally pushed into the waves when he was five years old. He first started out on a bodyboard but moved up to a longboard shortly after learning. Jelle’s surfing dream is to be Dutch Champion. He also dreams about surfing in Bali. Jelle has never been to Bali, but has heard that they have good waves there. When Jelle isn’t surfing he enjoys hanging out with his friends and playing soccer
Aaron Ernesto Gomez Selva, Nicaragua
Curiosity is what drew Aaron Ernesto Gomez Selva to the sport of surfing. Aaron hopes that in the future he can become a nationally recognized surfer, and also pursue his studies to become someone who can help make his community better. He would ultimately like to have a successful, professional career in the administration of hotel and tourism enterprises. Aaron also dreams to one day surf the beaches of San Diego, California.
Milton Bladimir Aguilar Quintanilla, Nicaragua
Milton Bladimri Aguilar Quintanilla was drawn to the sport of surfing at the age of twelve when he was mesmerized by the other surfers. Milton enjoys surfing so much, but getting a hold of board is very difficult. He claims that when the waves are good and you don’t have a board, it is horrible. Unfortunately, where Milton lives there are very little resources for his surfing career. Milton hopes to better his families’ economic situation by studying hospitality and tourism. When Milton isn’t surfing, he enjoys going to the river, playing soccer, fishing and helping out his parents.
Juninho Urica, Peru
Juninho Urica followed in his older brother’s footsteps and picked up the sport of surfing. He started surfing at the age of five, but decided when he was thirteen to take his career to a new level and compete in more national and international events. Juninho’s surfing dreams include being on the WTC and surfing the perfect tubes of Indonesia. Juninho understands how difficult it will be to achieve his dreams, but he believes that with support “everything is possible”.
Jorge Luis Gutierrez, Peru
Jorge Luis Guiterrez’s love for surfing started out when his friend bought him a boogie board. Ever since that day Jorge’s daily routine includes skating to the beach to check out the waves and then surfing until he has to attend school in the afternoons. Jorge’s surfing dream is to travel the world in search of the best waves. One of the surf spots that Jorge would like to surf is Chicama, Peru.
Niki Luksic Druskovic, Slovenia
When Niki Luksic Druskovic started surfing at the age of eleven, she was the youngest surfer in Slovenia. After finishing high school, Niki plans on studying medicine, preferably near the ocean so she can still surf. Niki would like for her country, as well as the surfers from Slovenia, to be better known throughout the world. The waves that Niki dreams to surf are all around the world. She would like to take a world surf trip that would include Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Hawaii and South America.
Brandon Benjamin, South Africa
With the support and help from Robin De Kock of Surfing South Africa, Brandon Benjamin understood that if he worked hard enough, his hobby of surfing could become a career. Brandon aspires to one day become World Champion and starting a community surfing organization to help and teach surfing to underprivileged kids. When Brandon isn’t surfing, he enjoys cycling, skating, and playing the drums.
Marchall Reans, South Africa
Marchall Reans started surfing in 2008, and with the support of the J’Bay Surf Club he has been given the opportunity to compete in provincial and national surfing trials and events. Marchall’s surfing dreams are to become a professional surfer and travel the world to compete at the best surfing breaks. His dreams outside of surfing are to become a lawyer so he can provide a better life for himself and his family. When Marchall isn’t surfing he likes to skateboard and play soccer with his fellow surf club members.
Nahir Aylen Manduca, Spain
Nahir Aylen Manduca has been surfing on and off since he was eight years old. When Nahir was twelve, he started to take his surfing more seriously and began to train as well as compete. Nahir dreams to become the best surfer in the world, as well as work in the field of marine biology and help animals. When Nahir isn’t surfing, he enjoys doing acrobatics with fabrics, skateboarding, diving, fishing, tennis, and many other sports, as well as spending time with his family and friends.
Panu Wisetsombat, Thailand
Panu Wisetsombat was taught how to surf by his mother, but now the roles have reversed and the student has become the teacher. Panu’s dream is to be able to surf all around the globe at world class surfing destinations, especially Bali and Australia. His highest result in surfing competitions thus far was 1st place in the Rip Curl Grom Search 2010. When Panu isn’t surfing, he is skateboarding, scuba diving, or performing what he calls a fire show for tourists.
Mary-Townsend Bourque, United States
Mary-Townsend Bourque claims that she was “out of the womb and into the water”. MT has been dragging her father to go surfing with her for as long as she can remember, and is still doing it to this day. In the future MT would like to be a famous singer/song writer and surfer/philanthropist, but if those don’t work out she would like to be a physical therapist. MT would describe herself as a good surfer but her home state of South Carolina doesn’t have the most consistent waves, so she yearns to have the opportunity to travel and compete in places with consistently suitable waves.
Maddie Swayne, United States
Maddie Swayne started surfing when she first moved to California at a young age. Currently Maddie is attending college at University of Southern California (USC) and pursuing a degree in Environmental Science. Maddie’s dream is to graduate from USC and ultimately have a career in an industry that is a mixture of her passions for knowledge and surfing. When Maddie isn’t at school she is surfing any free opportunity she gets. If for some reason she can’t go surfing, she enjoys spending time with her friends or being outdoors hiking, backpacking, kayaking or even just laying on the grass.
Francisco Morosini, Uruguay
Francisco Morosini has been surfing for fun since the age of five, and started his competitive career when he was just seven years old. He hopes to be able to experience other waves and interact with other surfers all over the world. When Francisco isn’t surfing, he is either at school, playing guitar, swimming, or cooking. His dreams are to be a professional surfer, travel, learn English and Portuguese, and become a chef.
Franwil Vento, Venezuela
Franwil Vento has been surfing since he was eleven years old. Franwil wanted to surf so badly that he sold his bike so he could purchase his first surf board. Surfing is Franwil’s life! He is always in the water, either surfing or making sure that his beach is taken care of, through local beach clean-ups. Franwil has had the opportunity to compete in many local competitions, but his dream is to be able to travel to new places and compete outside of his home country of Venezuela. Despite not having an abundance of resources, Franwil has many goals and big dreams he is striving to achieve in the future.
Liam Taylor , Australia
Liam Taylor began surfing at the age of ten while on vacation in Queensland, Australia. Currently, Liam attends Kings College in Reedy Creek and every chance he gets he is surfing. When Liam gets older he would ultimately like to become a professional surfer “just like Mick Fanning”, but Liam is also interested in a career in the Navy protecting his country.
Caelum Blandford, Barbados
Caelum Blandford had always watched and admired his dad and step dad surfing. At the age of six, Caelum picked up the sport and ever since then his passion for it has and continues to grow. When Caelum grows up he isn’t exactly sure what he wants to do but he knows “for sure it has to involve the ocean.” Aside from surfing, Caelum likes to help those in need by participating in a cross country run for the Breast Cancer Charity, as well as a local Christian Surfing event for handicapped kids.
Danilo Cerda, Chile
Danilo Cerda has been surfing since he was eight years old. He enjoyes the sport because he loves the water and the laid back feeling of surfing. When Danilo grows up hopes to become a professional surfer and travel the world. Danilo tries to surf as much he can with school and chores, but he always makes makes it a priority to get a good night’s rest and lives by his fathers motto, “A good athlete needs a good night’s sleep.”
Javiera Veliz, Chile
With the encouragement of her father and the beautiful waves in her hometown, Javiera Veliz, was drawn to surfing at a young age. Javiera’s achievements in surfing are not only because of her physical skills but also her remarkable responsibility, discipline and perseverance. When Javiera grows up she would like to continue to surf as well as travel and learn about new waves.
Esteban Josue Fernandez Matamoros, Costa Rica
Growing up in a surf town, Esteban Josue Fernandez Matamoros, was drawn to surfing. When Esteban was eight years old his mother allowed him to start surfing and ever since that that is all he can think about. Esteban strives to become a professional surfer as well as a surf instructor when he grows up. When there aren’t waves for Esteban to surf, he enjoys spending his time playing soccer, riding his bike, or watching surf videos.
Jyothi M. Bangera, India
Jyothi M. Bangera always puts her family first. Jyothi is new to the sport of surfing and has only been surfing since January of 2012. Surfing to Jyothi is more than just a hobby, but to her it is a representation of a bright future for herself and her family. When Jyothi grows up she would like to become a better surfer so she can represent and help save her country of India.
Samuel Marabici, Italy
Samuel Marabici strives to become a more complete athlete. When there aren’t waves for Samuel to surf, he is either studying or staying active by windsurfing, skim boarding, or skateboarding. Samuel believes that in order to achieve his goal of becoming more complete athlete he not only has to be good at surfing but also needs to learn to speak English and obtain a proper education.
Javaun Brown, Jamaica
Javaun Brown has always admired the older boys and their surfing skills. When Javaun was nine years old he taught himself to surf. Surfing is just one of Javaun’s hobbies. He also participates in football, cricket, and cadet. When Javaun grows up he would like to be a professional surfer as well as a soldier or a mechanical engineer.
Nick Robinson, Jamaica
Nick Robinson is a student at Donald Quarry High School and his favorite subjects are Biology and Mathematics. Nick is a part of a very supportive family and whenever he can he likes to spend time with his family, especially at the beach. When Nick grows up he would like to become a Physical Education Teacher so he can continue to take part in sports as well as work with children.
Paswayne Douglas, Jamaica
When Paswayne Douglas was just four years old he learned to surf. When Paswayne isn’t at school studying his favorite subject of mathematics he is surfing with his idol, the man who taught him to surf. In the future Paswayne hopes to become a soldier so he can protect his country.
Armani Green, Jamaica
Armani Green saw the joy and happiness that surfing brought to surfers, so at the age of ten he decided to join in on the fun. Ever since that day, Armani hasn’t been able to get enough surfing. He loves “the feeling of gliding across the water.” Armani would love to become a professional surfer and travel the world making money doing what he loves to do. He also aspires to be a doctor so he will be able to help to keep people healthy and safe.
Carlos Dominguez Cervantes, Mexico
Carlos Dominguez Cervantes strives to be a professional surfer, but also understands how important his education is. Carlos is very family oriented and strives to help them in any way he can. Even with his family on his mind, Carlos still makes time to surf and go to school.
Phillip Seidler, Namibia
Phillip Seidler's father taught him to surf when he was five years old in the warm waters of South Africa. When Phillip isn’t surfing he is competing on the Namibian swimming team or in open water swims. Phillip considers the ocean his playground, even though the waters and weather in Namibia aren’t the best. He is constantly being push by himself, as well as his friends and family, to further his limits to surf bigger and harder waves.
Dayna Story, New Zealand
Dayna Story has been surfing for fun since she was ten years old and joined the competitive circuit when she was eleven. Other than surfing, Dayna excels in school in the subjects of Music and English. Every night she either plays the piano, guitar, or sings as well as keeping up with her other studies. Dayna isn’t sure what she wants to do when she grows up but she would ultimately like to continue to pursue her passion for surfing.
Waretini Wano, New Zealand
Waretini Wano from the age of four has had the “surfing bug”. He shares this hobby not only with his friends but also his family. Waretini’s family encourages him to “live the dream” and “be what you dream to be”. This year Waretini has been chosen to be the perfect/leader for his high school and has also been selected for the NZ Junior National Team. In the future Waretini hopes to become a great surfing like many of his idols and also to teach others to surf. Waretini is very thankful for the positive role models in his life and would like to be that for children who aren't as fortunate as he has been.
Luis Angel Arroyo, Panama
Luis Angel Arroyo started surfing when he was four years old. His passion and talent has earned him a spot on many podiums as well as a position on a surfing team for two years. When Luis isn’t surfing he is focusing his education. It is important to Luis to keep a balance between surfing and school.
Monica Munn, Panama
Monica Munn has a passion for competing. She began surfing when she was eleven years old and hopes to continue to do so in the future. When Monica isn’t surfing she is going to school. She has always enjoyed reading and sports. Monica’s main priorities are her education and her surfing.
Estephani Tello, Peru
Estephani Tello has been surfing since she was eleven years old and has been participating professionally since 2009. When Estephani grows up she would like to become a world champion surfer, like her idol, Sofia Mulanovich. Estephani would also like to travel the world and learn about other countries, as well as work on her English. She also hopes to further her education with a degree in Economics.
Nikita Avdeev, Russia
Nikita Avdeev has been surfing since he was six years old. The day after his first surf lesson he told him mom that he “was born to ride the waves”. Nikita was invited to the Russian Surf Contest in 2011, and won first place in the junior category. When Nikita isn’t surfing he is either at school, doing homework, skateboarding, or playing chess. Nikita hopes to become a surfing world champion when he grows up. In the future he also would like to further the development of the surfing, skating and chess industries in his home country of Russia.
Simo Mkhize, South Africa
Simo Mkhize has been surfing since he was eight years old. He won his first surf competition in Durban at the age of eleven. In 2011, which Simo claims to be his best year ever, he had a big year in surfing. Some of his surfing accomplishments in 2011 were his selection as a reserve for the National Junior Team and being chosen for The South African Junior Invitational Team. When Simo isn’t surfing he is attended school and hopes to someday become a lawyer.
Brandon Benjamin, South Africa
Brandon Benjamin’s passion for surfing began at the age of ten. Brandon is a very dedicated and hardworking surfer. He is out surfing any chance he gets and is always “the first one in and the last one out”. Brandon started surfing competitively when he was eleven and a year later won an U16 event which gave him the confidence he needed to continue to succeed. His dream is to become a World Champion surfer and ultimately give back to his community by teaching others how to surf.
Colby Stanley, Spain
Colby Stanley is one busy surfer. This year he qualified for the Spanish National Final, in Asturias and also competed in the VOLCOM OFM where he earned himself an invite to next year’s competition. When Colby isn’t surfing, he is studying, at the skate park, watching surfing videos, or listening to music. In the future Colby would like to be a physical education teacher or a graphic designer.
Melodie Bohny Traynor, Spain
At a young age, Melodie Bhony Traynor and her family moved to Fuerteventura from Ireland because of the sunshine and beautiful weather. Melodie has been surfing for about four years now, but within the last two years she has taken her surfing and her training to another level. Melodie claims that she always challenges herself in all ways. Surfing isn’t Melodie’s only hobby, she also plays guitar and composes her own songs. When she grows up she would like to be a professional surfer and participate in the ASP.
Elton John, Trinidad & Tobago
Elton John was given the opportunity two years ago to take surfing lessons on the weekends and ever since then surfing is all he wants to do. Elton is currently a member of the Junior Surfing Group of Trinidad and Tobago. When Elton isn’t surfing he enjoys hunting with his brothers, going to school and helping out at home. In the future Elton hopes to become a policeman so he can help and stop some of the problems that are affecting his village.
Jyiell Lewis, Trinidad & Tobago
Jyiell Lewis always admired his older brother and his surfing abilities. Jyiell secretly started surfing at the age of seven but once his brother found out, Jyiell was encouraged to follow his dream. His dream is to traveling and surf the world. Jyiell always makes sure that whatever hardships are thrown his way, he will never give up without a fight. In the future Jyiell would like to teach younger children how to surf and allow them to have better opportunities in life.
Elenna Erkeneff, United States
Elenna (Lulu) Erkeneff has been surfing for eleven years and has successfully found a way to create balance in her life between school, friends, family, and competitive surfing. She has competed in both long boarding and short boarding competitions. Currently, Elena is focusing on become a better competitor and learning to ride any kind of surfboard. When Elenna isn’t surfing she is focusing on her studies, spending time with her friends and family, or helping out with the Surfrider Foundation. With Elenna’s plans to further her education her fascination with the ocean has driven her to want pursue a degree in environmental science or marine biology.
Francisco Morosini, Uruguay
Francisco Morosini’s main priorities are surfing and school. Francisco hopes to continue to do well in surfing and in his studies. His surfing dreams this year are to participate in WINGS and hopefully place high enough to participate, again, in the ISA World Junior Championships.
Julian Iturralde- Argentina
Julian Iturralde is seventeen years old and is a member of the Association of Chubut surfers in Argentina. He commutes long distances to every contest and wants to dedicate his life to the sport of surfing. He plans to travel to other countries where his training can be taken to the next level.
Bianca Schipni- Argentina
Bianca Schipani is thirteen years old and started surfing in 2012. Bianca wants to be one of the only women to pull an air, a trick that she believes very few women have succeeded at. She dreams of making her national team and participating throughout the world. Bianca is very passionate about school and when she is not training, she is studying or hanging out with her family.
Kaue Germano- Brazil
Kaue Germano is a dedicated eleven-year-old surfer and student from Brazil. His "Golden Dream" is to be a top ranked competitor in his State Tour and in the National Brazilian Tour. Kaue hopes to someday represent Brazil in a future ISA event.
Vinicius Parra- Brazil
Vinicius Parra has grown up competing in Brazil in surf club and city contests. He is eleven years old and strives to expand his range of competitions by participating in the State Sao Paulo Tour and the National CBS Tour. In doing so, Vinicius hopes to be noticed by future sponsors so that he can continue his dream of becoming a professional surfer.
Bruno Santos- Brazil
Bruno Santos is eleven years old and has been competing in surf contests for the last three years. He is very goal- oriented and always pushes himself to succeed in school as well as in surfing. Bruno dreams of participating in the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship within the next two years.
Laura Godoy- Chile
Sixteen-year-old Laura Godoy contributes much of her success to the outstanding support she has received from her parents, her two brothers, and Viña Surfing Club, especially Paula Muñoz, the current Club President. The club has helped Laura compete in several championships including the National Women's Surf Ranking, where she recently ranked 8th.
Christopher Rojas- Chile
Christopher Rojas is a well-known name in Pichilemu, Chile. He has been in the water showing his perseverance and capacity to overcome obstacles since the young age of six. Christopher has won numerous Under 14 and Under 12 local, national, and various youth competitions. With the help of Casa Roja and Waitara Club, Christopher has been able to travel to many surfing competitions. Christopher is now twelve years old and one of the best students in his class. He is passionate about surfing and in order to learn and acquire more competition experience, he needs to travel and compete with other surfers. With the help of the ISA Scholarship, Christopher will be able to gain the competitive experience he needs.
Trinidad Salas- Chile
Trinidad Salas has the recipe for success: she is enthusiastic, persistent, and highly motivated. She gets much of her surfing influence from her father who she surfs and trains with on a daily basis. Trinidad is currently eleven years old, lives in Pichilemu, Chile, and is starting to compete in regional championships.
Javiera Veliz- Chile
After competing in the ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in Nicaragua this past year, fifteen-year-old Javiera Veliz strives to continue traveling the world to compete in National Circuit Championships. She plans to maintain her studies and her passion for education while competing internationally.
Santiago Nakogui Barro- Colombia
Santiago Nakogui Barro is an inspiration and role model to many children in his indigenous community in Northern Columbia. Sixteen-year-old Santiago belongs to the Tayrona Surf Club, one of the oldest registered surf clubs in all of Colombia. He is the current Amateur Champion of Colombia, winning two out of the three national championships this year. Santiago continues to push the boundaries to expand his skills and plans to continue traveling and competing.
Santiago Mendoza- Colombia
Thirteen-year-old Santiago Mendoza chooses to overcome life's obstacles by focusing on surfing and school. When he is not training, Santiago can be found helping his father run his business at Casagrande Surf and Camp, a recreational camping and restaurant site near the ocean. Santiago recently won the National Amateur Competition held in Barranquilla and is the youngest to have ever won an amateur championship in Colombia.
Esteban Chaves Morua- Costa Rica
Estaban Chaves Morua's happiness stems from his mom and his friends who support and encourage him in surfing and in school. He is fifteen years old and enjoys traveling and competing not only because he furthers his surfing, but also because he gains valuable friends through his experiences.
Eduardo Venegas- Costa Rica
Eduardo Venegas is one of five brothers in his family. He is sixteen years old and plans to use the ISA Scholarship to pay for school for his four brothers and himself. Eduardo believes that although surfing is a fun sport, "education is essential to having a decent life."
Irons Burgos- Ecuador
At the age of fifteen, Irons Burgos is a three time National Champion in Ecuador and is determined to travel the world to continue improving his surfing. He hopes to compete in NSSA and Pro Junior events in the near future and his dream is to be the first Ecuadorian to win a medal in an ISA World Championship.
Michael Jordan Macías Viera- Ecuador
Michael Jordan Macías Viera’s is fourteen years old and his main priorities are his family, his education, and surfing. When he's not at the beach or helping around the house, you can find him watching surf videos of professional body boarders and studying their techniques. Michael has great enthusiasm for competitions and is excited to see his progress in future events.
Titouan Boyer- France
Fifteen-year-old Titouan Byer is originally from a small island in the Carribean. His extreme dedication to the sport of surfing has him moving to new locations each year in order to push the boundaries of his surfing and training. Titouan has big dreams for both his education and for surfing. He will begin college next year and will take the BAC exam in France in three years. Even with the high demands of college, Titouan will continue his training and competing in hopes on one day competing on the WCT.
Williams Alfredo Garcia Avila- Guatemala
Sixteen-year-old Williams Alfredo Garcia Avila has successfully found a way to create balance in his life between school, friends, and competitive surfing. He has a rigorous training schedule for competitive surfing, working an average of three hours per training session. William's responsibility and discipline have allowed him to climb into the national ranking and occupy the podium three different times.
Jose Anthony Diaz Chachon- Guatemala
Jose Anthony Diaz Chachon only began surfing five years ago but has already made a name for himself within his surfing community in Guatemala. He is now sixteen years old and has made a presence by participating in the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship and the American Championship in 2012. Jose hopes that his passion and dedication for the sport will lead him to achieving his goal of one day becoming World Champion
Miguel Angel Castillo Pimentel- Guatemala
Miguel Angel Castillo Pimentel aspires to be a professional surfer similar to his idols, Kelly Slater and Gabriel Medina, who continue to bring raw talent and innovation to the sport of surfing. Seventeen-year-old Miguel is the reigning National Champion in the Junior U18 category and is in the top six of the National Open Category in Guatemala. Miguel also continues to excel in his studies and hopes to finish his schooling in the near future.
Bianca Macedo- Hawaii
Bianca Macedo is a thirteen year old surfer who was born and raised in Maui, Hawaii. She has been surfing since she was two years old and has been surfing competitively since she was seven years old. This last year was the year that Bianca traveled to compete in the NSSA Hawaii Tour, Nationals, Regionals and the HSA Series. Bianca loves to surf and surfs every day with her brother. Her goal is to be apart of the Hawaiian National Team and do really well on the National stage.
Sunshine Patey- Hawaii
Sunshine Pately is thirteen years old from Kauai, Hawaii. She travels often with her family to Oahu and California to compete in various surf competitions. Sunshine enjoys surfing with her friends and the thrill of winning heats because it reiterates that hard training pays off. Keep your eyes peeled for Sunshine who will soon be ripping on a new John Pizel Surfboard.
Anabella Yukojat- Indonesia
Anabella Yukojati is a role model to many. She is fifteen years old from Indonesia and has been described by her friends as "humorous, easy to get along with, and multi talented." When Yukojati is not surfing, she can be found playing guitar. She enjoys playing music because it is a chance to get all of her friends together to sing. Yukojati desires to be an icon for other young surfers to look up to.
Ronald Hastings- Jamaica
Ronald Hastings started surfing at the age of seven and instantly fell in love with the sport because it has the ability to clear his mind and keep him connected to nature. On the weekend, he enjoys going to the beach with his family and reading a book or doing a puzzle with his sister. Ronald's greatest life lesson came from his mother who taught him to "live a happy and peaceful life, while taking full advantage of your opportunities." Ronald is now fourteen years old and dreams of being a professional surfer so he can tour the world and have the funding to further his education.
Nathan Miller- Jamaica
Nathan Miller is a fourteen year old from Kingston, Jamaica. Nathan grew up admiring his father surfing. At age seven, he decided he wanted to pursue the same lifestyle. He enjoys summer time because he gets to surf every day at Jamnesia Surf Camp with other surfers his age. Nathan is also very passionate about school. His favorite subject is science because it gives him an understanding of the various wonders of the planet.
Ivah Wilmot- Jamaica
Surfing has run in Ivah Wilmots's blood for four generations. Ivah and his family also run a surf camp on the beach in St. Andrew, Jamaica that surfers travel internationally to come stay at . His biggest surfing inspirations include Rob Machado and his brother, Inilek. Ivah is sixteen years old and attends Kingston College where he is studying Engineering. Some of his favorite subjects include art, technical drawing, and metal work. Once he completes college, Ivah hopes to use his technical drawing skills to start shaping surfboards.
Adama Browne- Liberia
Adama Browne is a fourteen years old from Liberia. Benjamin McCrumuda, the President of the Liberian Surfing Federation, first taught Adama how to surf when he was eight years old. Adama gets the most thrill from riding big waves on a Rusty fish. He also enjoys reading, especially surf magazines, and would love to work with computers when he grows up.
Morris Gross- Liberia
Surfing is the only sport that can satisfy sixteen-year-old Morris Gross' heart. Morris first learned how to surf regular foot but after realizing that there are only left hand breaks in his home town of Robertsport, Liberia, Morris taught himself to surf goofy foot as well. Outside of surfing, Morris is very passionate about his studies. He loves math and science and aspires to be an engineer when he grows up.
Luis Rey Hernandez- Mexico
Luis Rey Hernandez is the current Under 16 National Champion and according to the President of the Mexican Surfing Federation, "is one of the most promising Mexican surfers." Fourteen-year-old Luis' respectful nature makes him a wonderful candidate to be an ISA Ambassador. He plans on using his scholarship funds to further his education, for surfing equipment, contest fees, and transportation costs.
Alejandro Meza- Mexico
Alejandro Meza is seventeen-years-old from the small village of San Juanico, Baja California Sur, Mexico. After finishing primary school, Alejandro decided to further his education by going to secondary school in a town 40 miles away. He lives with another family during the week while in school and travels back to San Juanico to surf on the weekends. Alejandro is one of the top students at his school and plans to attend college- a first for his family. Alejandro's ambition is contagious to all those around him and he dreams of surfing in the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship for Mexico.
Nils Kintscher- Namibia
Nils Kintscher is the first born of his triplet brothers, all of which started surfing this past year in their home country of Namibia. Nils and his brothers are all very enthusiastic about surfing and have attended mini events and coaching sessions in their town. Nils loves the sea and wants to spend as much time as possible surfing with his brothers and his friends. He plans to use his scholarship funds to travel and for new surfing gear.
Nick Tuhikarama- New Zealand
Nick Tuhikarama is eleven years old and currently lives in Christchurch, New Zealand where he attends Shirley Boys High School. Nick has won the Cadet Title on his South Island Circuit in the Under 17 category two years in a row. With the help of the ISA Scholarship, Nick will expand his surfing potential by traveling to the North Island of New Zealand to compete in the New Zealand Nationals and the Grom Bash Contest. Nick has gotten enormous support from his father and from the North Wai Board Riders Club over the years and he hopes that in the near future, he will be able to travel overseas to Australia to compete in the Queensland Championship Circuit.
Joel Chavez- Nicaragua
Joel Chaves has always placed as much importance on school as he has on surfing. He is eighteen years old in his last year of high school and plans to go to college where he can perfect his English speaking skills and can study to achieve his goal of working in tourism. Joel sees his home country of Nicaragua as a blossoming surf country with a bright future full of surf contests. The ISA Scholarship funds will help Joel surf in international surf contests, as well as assist him with funding his first year of college.
Kevin Cortez- Nicaragua
Kevin Cortez' interest in surfing sparked when working for Dale Dagger's Surf Tours in Nicaragua. Kassidy, the owner of the camp, has always encouraged him to excel not only at surfing, but also in school. Kevin is currently seventeen years old and is thriving in his third year of high school. His future educational plans are to continue his education at a university level after graduating. Kevin also continues to improve on his surfing every day and will use his scholarship funds to maintain surfboards, pay for schooling supplies, and pay for the bus.
Juber Martinez- Nicaragua
Juber Martinez aspires to travel and compete in various international contests in places such as in Costa Rica, Panama, and El Salvador. Juber is eighteen years old and has been surfing for the past four years. He first learned to surf when a traveling surfer gave him a surfboard. Thanks to the help of his part time employer, he has been able to compete in local tournaments in Nicaragua and this year, was able to qualify for the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship.
Edwin Bismar Morales Rivas- Nicaragua
Edwin Bismar Morales Rivas is an ambitious seventeen-year-old surfer. Surf tourism is quickly changing the face of Edwin's community. Therefore, he plans to study tourism at university so he can open his own tourism related business in his home town. When he's not surfing or in school, Edwin can be found volunteering at Project Wave of Optimism, a nonprofit organization in his community that hosts beach cleanups, community surf days, and youth group excursions.
Jackson Obando- Nicaragua
Jackson Obando first fell in love with the ocean at nine years old when he started going in the water with a donated body board. Jackson progressed to surfing when a tourist left him an old yellow surfboard. Since then, Jackson has excelled at a national level, advancing the farthest for his country in the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship. Jackson thrives from competing with surfers from other countries and is well on his way to achieving his dream of becoming a professional surfer, having a sponsor, and traveling the world.
Luis Angel Arroyo- Panama
Luis Angel Arroyo is a two-time ISA Scholarship winner. He began surfing when he was four years old and his passion and drive have allowed him to excel in both surfing and school. Luis travels an hour and a half each day to school and when he returns, he is able to surf and practice for upcoming competitions. Luis plans to use this year's scholarship award to assist in travel funds for competitions, bus fees, school supplies, and surfing equipment.
Monica Munn- Panama
Monica Munn is a two-time ISA Scholarship winner. She first began surfing when she was eleven years old and has continued to do so ever since. With the funding from last year's scholarship, Monica was able to travel to her first ISA World Junior Surfing Championship. She desires to continue to improve her education and surfing and plans on participating in national and international surf contests this year.
Selvester Bactad- Philippines
Selvester Bactad is sixteen years old and continues to place a high value on his education, even though outside factors have prevented him from keeping up with other kids his age. Selvester's mentor, Bjorn Pabon, inspires him to go to school and to surf in his spare time. Selvester recently won the 2013 Southswell Shootout in the Philippines for both the Open Longboard and Open Shortboard division. The ISA Scholarship will not only help alleviate the financial burden of Selvester's education, but it will also help with traveling expenses for upcoming national competitions this year.
Gabriel Amaru Rodriguez- Peru
Gabriel Amaru Rodriquez is a ten year old surfer from Peru. He enjoys surfing because it allows him to forget about everything and focus on improving his performance. Gabriel plans to invest the scholarship money in pursuing his career. He embodies what an ISA Ambassador should be by sustaining good grades and having an overwhelming passion for surfing.
Daniela Rosas- Peru
Daniela Rosas is ten years old and believes that surfing is her biggest love. Daniela enjoys being in the water and training with her uncles. She enjoys the freedom that each new wave gives her, even if the waves are big Daniela pushes through fear and excels. Daniela plans on using her ISA Scholarship to afford competing in surf contests.
Jolari Carreras- Puerto Rico
Jolari Carreras is a fifteen-year-old honor student from Puerto Rico with aspirations to become the first Puerto Rican surfer to qualify in the ASP Women’s World Championship Tour. Due to Jolari’s economic situation, she has been not been able to afford a coach or travel to the events she needs to in order to one day reach her dream. Jolari was able to travel to Nicaragua in 2013 for the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship and said it was an excellent experience. With the help of the ISA Scholarship, Jolari is going to be able to have more excellent experiences. “I am sure you will hear my name, JOLARI, in the near future,” if you haven't already.
Andrea Martinez-Puerto Rico
Andrea Martinez is a nine-year-old Puerto Rican with big dreams. Out of all Andrea’s talents she is the best at surfing and she knows that she has what it takes to be a good surfer. Andrea is able to maintain good grades while still making sure to surf everyday. With the help of the ISA Scholarship and Andrea’s determination, we expect to see her achieve her wildest dreams.
Ntando Msibi- South Africa
According to sixteen-year-old Ntando Msibi, “surfing is my school." Orphaned at a young age, Ntando was taken in by the people of Umthombo and was taught how to surf. Ntando didn’t have the privilege to attend a real school until the age of twelve. He was able to learn from his surfing peers as well as his fellow competitors at surfing contests. The people around Ntando have told him that he can be a champion if he surfs in all of the competitions, yet with Ntando’s economic situation, this has been impossible. With the help of the ISA Scholarship Ntando will be able to get one step closer to his dream of being apart of the South African team.
Caitlin October – South Africa
Caitlin October is a fourteen-year-old surfer from South Africa. She has recently earned a place to, once again, represent the Western Province Team in the 2013 National Junior Surfing Contest held in Jeffery’s Bay. Unfortunately, Caitlin has been affected by racial segregation by the apartheid system but with the help of Surfing South Africa, she is trying to bridge the racial gap in the surfing community. When Caitlin isn’t surfing, she enjoys scouting activities, dancing, attending church, and spending time with her friends.
Kalani de Silva- Spain
Kalani de Silva has been surfing since he was three years old. Kalani was born in Argentina, learned to surf in Brazil, and now resides in Fuerteventura, Spain. When Kalani was ten years old, he took his surfing to a new level and started traveling to events. Now fifteen years old, Kalani is determined to achieve his goals so he goes to the gym three times a week, takes swimming lessons twice a week, as well as attends school everyday that he is not traveling for surfing competitions. This year was Kalani’s first year competing in ASP Pro Junior events in Northern Spain. He hopes in the coming year to compete in all of the Pro Junior contests throughout Europe and to compete in some of the WQS events in the Canary Islands.
Karelle Poppke- Tahiti
Karelle Popple first began surfing eight years ago in her district of Papeno'o in Tahiti. She is now fifteen years old and has competed in every surfing category ranging from Women, Junior, Longboard, StandUp Paddle, Bodyboard, and Kneeboard. She idolizes fellow Tahitian, Michel Bourez, and desires to represent her country as well as becoming the first Tahitian recognized among the best women surfers. Despite her busy surfing schedule, Karelle remains very passionate about her studies. She wants to prove to the whole world that Tahiti has great surfing potential which needs to be developed and recognized internationally.
Peckett William- Tahiti
Peckett William is very enthusiastic about competing internationally. In years past he has competed in two of the ISA World Junior Surfing Championships. Peckett is sixteen years old and desires to continue to expand his surfing potential by traveling from Tahiti to places all over the world.
Tuna Yigit Konukcu- Turkey
Tuna Yigit Konukcu is an aspiring nine-year-old surfer. The President of the Turkish American Sports Club says “Tuna, which means “Tuna Fish” is apart of the water life”. Due to Tuna’s financial situation, he has been unable to purchase a board to help improve his surfing. With the help of the ISA, Tuna will be able to purchase a board and set new goals for his surfing career.
Nicolas Sardi- Venezuela
Nicolas Sardi always puts family first and gives surf lessons and surf rentals to help out with house hold expenses. He is fifteen years old and has been surfing for five years. Nicolas aspires to use the funding from this scholarship to learn English, pay for international surf competitions, buy a surfboard, and improve his education so he can study at a university.
Sebbih Abdelhak- Algeria
Seventeen-year-old Sebbih Abdelhak is eager to expand his training and he dreams of traveling to get surf lessons overseas. With the 2014 ISA Scholarship Award, Sebbih will purchase a new wetsuit and a surfboard so he can practice more often using his own equipment. He aspires to compete to make his surf community and his nation proud. Additionally, Sebbih desires to continue his studies and would love to get a college degree, which for him would be the ultimate reward.
Belabbes-nabi Amine- Algeria
Belabbes-nabi Amine is a member of the Djazair Surf Club in Algeria where he trains rigorously to improve his surfing. He hopes to gain a sponsorship for surfing one day, so he can use his funds towards education, instead of having to buy surf equipment. Belabbes-nabi tackles every assignment with dedication and a smile and dreams of completing his college studies. He plans to use his 2014 ISA Scholarship Award to purchase surf equipment and would like to use the funds to further his education.
Oughideni Mohamed- Algeria
Oughideni Mohamed is an eighteen-year-old surfer from Algeria. He has trained for several years at the Djazair Surf Club and hopes to be noticed by future sponsors so that he can continue his dream of traveling and surfing overseas. Oughideni is dedicated to using his funds to pursue his education and to improve his surfing so he can one day compete at an international level. He is highly motivated and his peers and mentors speak very highly of his dedication and love for the sport of surfing.
Bianca Schipani- Argentina
Thirteen-year-old Biana Schipani is a two-time ISA Scholarship Award Recipient. Bianca trains three times a day to strengthen her maneuvers and accomplish her dreams of being the first woman in her category to complete an air. Her coach exclaims that, "She is always eager to learn, is constantly smiling, very motivated, and has much respect regarding for the sea and the conditions." She will use her 2014 ISA Scholarship Award to continue her training and hopes to one day represent Argentina in an ISA World Championship.
Kauê Germano- Brazil
The 2013 ISA Scholarship Award gave twelve-year-old Kauê Germano the opportunity to pay the entry fees for his state and national tours. Over the year, Kauê has significantly improved his competition results and will continue to do so with the funding from the 2014 ISA Scholarship Award. By the end of 2015, he aspires to finish in the elite group of Under-14 Brazilian surfers.
Vinícius Leme Parra- Brazil
As a recipient of the 2013 ISA Scholarship, Vinícius Parra used his award to compete in the Sao Paulo State Federation Tour and the Rip Curl Grom Search. Vinícius expanded his competition experience and will continue to do so with the 2014 ISA Scholarship Award. He dreams of one day representing Brazil in the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship.
Amaya Merino- Chile
Amaya Merino began surfing four years ago in Chile. Now at age seventeen, Amaya is ranked 10th in her country of Chile and desires to continue to train and improve her fitness level. She is passionate about traveling and hopes to one day travel overseas to surf new waves, experience new cultures, and meet new people. In her words, she would love to use the ISA Scholarship to "open doors in life".
Diego Elias Cabezas Vidal- Chile
Diego Elias Cabezas Vidal is only ten years young and has already received national exposure from one of the largest surf magazines in Chile. Diego displays tremendous discipline as he goes to bed early each night, wakes up first thing in the morning to train, and studies hard during the week to ensure he has time to surf on the weekend. He is motivated, responsible, and tremendously passionate. Keep your eyes peeled for this young up and comer!
Josefina Vidueira- Chile
Fifteen-year-old Josefina has grown up surfing Wolf Point, Pichilemu, with her five brothers. This year, Josefina will be progressing her skills by surfing Punta de Lobos, a larger and more demanding wave. With rigorous training, she hopes to represent the Chilean National Team at the 2015 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship.
Edgardo Herazo- Colombia
When Edgardo Herazo is not in school, you can find him either training at his local beach to improve his surfing skills, or studying to further his education. He studies each night to keep organized and on top of his school work because he knows the importance of a good education. Edgardo will be using the 2014 ISA Scholarship Award to complete his high school studies and to get himself a new bodyboard.
Jawer Hurtado- Colombia
Seventeen-year-old Jawer is a role model for future generations of Colombian surfers. His passion for school and surfing is unparalleled and he is always eager to learn. Despite financial difficulties, Jawer has remained in second place of the national circuit. With the help of the 2014 ISA Scholarship, Jawer will be able to support his family and further his surfing aspirations.
Santiago Nakogui Barro- Colombia
Santiago is a member of the Wiwa indigenous community based in the mountains of Northern Colombia. After a year of being an ISA Ambassador, Santiago has been able to successfully stay in school where he was able to improve his Spanish speaking and writing. Santiago was also able to achieve excellent results in local and national competitions and will continue to do so with the financial support of the 2014 ISA Scholarship Award. The funds will also be used to pay for transportation, food, and uniforms for school.
Juan José Vélez Vargas- Colombia
As an outstanding student and an avid surfer, Juan José dreams to one day surf Hawaii. Juan knows how to dream big, as he strives to become the world’s best surfer and also a music star. Juan had to learn how to surf standing on a bodyboard, but thanks to the ISA Scholarship, he will be able to buy a surfboard in order to chase his dream.
Axel Castro Bolivar- Costa Rica
Axel Castro Bolivar is only nine years old, but dreams big! He aspires to be the National Grom Champion of Costa Rica, then he would like to go on to win the National Open Championship, and eventually he would like to train hard to be a future world champion. With the ISA Scholarship Award he will use the funds to compete in eight national surfing events, get himself some new surfing equipment, and use the rest of the funds on his education.
Esteban Chaves Morua- Costa Rica
Thanks to his first year as an ISA Scholarship winner in 2013, Esteban was able to give a great push to his surfing career by being able to compete in the Costa Rican National Championships. This is the first step in following his dream to becoming a professional surfer. Esteban is a proud ambassador for the ISA and understands the importance of a good education and a college degree. He enjoys meeting new people through surfing competitions and aspires to represent his nation.
LiaRoan Reyes- Costa Rica
LiaRoan Reyes is in third grade, but is well beyond her years. Her first language is Spanish, however she speaks, reads, and writes English fluently. Not only is she an avid surfer that believes surfing should be fun and not stressful, but she also represents her school by participating on the swim team and the track team. According to LiaRoan, "I honor the people that believe in me. I am confident the ISA Scholarship will give me the opportunity to develop my talent, so I can represent my province, my country and the ISA with pride."
Braulio Brito- Dominican Republic
At eleven years old, Braulio Brito was given a bodyboard. He quickly learned to stand up on the bodyboard and fell in love with surfing. Braulio also takes his studying very seriously and and aspires to obtain a law degree in the future. He is very close with his family and enjoys surfing when there are waves.
Santiago Joel Bowen Alcívar- Ecuador
Santiago Joel Bowen is fifteen years old and his major passions are bodyboarding and school. He wants to be able to focus on both his bodyboarding skills and his studies, while avoiding falling into bad habits that affect many youth. He dreams of the possibility to represent his country one day by being a proud ambassador for the ISA.
Daniel Felipe Flores Oliveros- Ecuador
Surfing runs in Daniel Flores’ family. Through the years, his parents have supported his passion; however, he has been unable to grow to his full potential without the funds to compete in many national and international competitions. With the help of the 2014 ISA Scholarship Award, Daniel will be able to buy new school equipment and be able to compete in surf competitions, where he dreams of making his family and his nation proud.
Esnaider Alfredo Parrales Zambrano- Ecuador
Esnaider Alfredo Parrales Zambrano is currently competing on Ecuador’s National Junior Circuit. However, he has been unable to attend many events, which is restraining his progress as a competitive athlete. The ISA Scholarship will not only help ease the economic burden of Esneider's education, but it will also help with traveling expenses for upcoming competitions. Esnaider takes pride in his surfing and looks forward to representing the ISA.
Narvi Rokete- Fiji
Narvi Rokete is currently attending the Fiji Surfing Association Nippers program on a weekly basis and he enjoys sharing his passion for the sea by teaching younger surfers what he has learned. In addition to surfing, Narvi competes in the competitive rugby union at his school. With the 2014 ISA Scholarship, Narvi plans on putting the money towards surfing equipment, his education, tournaments, transportation to the waves,and helping other Fijian youth with their surfing development.
Timoci Tomeru- Fiji
Timoci Tomeru is a young and motivated surfer from Fiji who enjoys meeting other surfers from around the world. He is a dedicated student who puts his education first, but enjoys surfing the near-by break three or four times a week. Timoci aims to harness his skills and would like to one day and become the best surfer in Fiji. Ticomi plans to use the 2014 ISA Scholarship for surf equipment and for boat transportation to get to some of the waves at the outer reefs.
Momodou Lamin Saine- The Gambia
The Gambia’s most dominant sport is soccer and Momodou Lamine Saine is an active participant, but when he started surfing, he realized that he found his new passion. Momodou would like to help develop the sport of surfing in his country and dreams of representing The Gambia at major international surfing events. He prides himself on being an ambassador for the ISA and is very grateful for the 2014 ISA Scholarship opportunity.
Fatou Ndong- The Gambia
Since Fatou Ndong discovered surfing she knew it was “her thing”. She would love to see surfing become an Olympic Sport and dreams of represent her country. Fatou prides herself in becoming an ambassador for her nation and role model to her peers. Surfing makes her happy and keeps her healthy. She is proud to share the sport with her friends and the other youth of her community.
Kebba Sarr- The Gambia
Kebba Sarr, a thirteen-year-old surfer from The Gambia, dreams of one day representing his country in the Olympics. He lives in a village close to the beach with nice waves to progress his surfing; however, he currently lacks the equipment to do so. The 2014 ISA Scholarship will provide Kebba with a surfboard and allow him to continue his education. Kebba looks forward to developing her surfing skills and doing well in school so she can make her family and her community proud.
Lilly von Treuenfels- Germany
Lilly von Treuenfels is an ambitious fifteen-year-old surfer. She was born in South Africa, but lives in Germany and prides herself in being one of a handful of girls that are surfing in Germany. She learned to surf in 2009 during a long stay in Barbados and she was immediately hooked. Since then she has become part of the German National Surf Team and has competed at the World Junior Surfing Championships in Ecuador. Lilly is very passionate about ocean conservation and protecting our beaches. Additionally, she has written a book about learning to surf and has been featured on national television As an ISA Ambassador she would like to make surfing more popular in Germany and spread the word about protecting the coastlines.
Emmanuel Ansah- Ghana
Emmanuel Ansah is seventeen years old and comes from a small village on the west coast of Ghana called Busua. Emmanuel loves surfing and tries to surf 2-3 hours every day. He has participated in local competitions and won several of them. The 2014 ISA Scholarship will give him the chance to continue his education while improving his surfing abilities. In his words he says that, "I would be very happy if I was given the 2014 ISA Scholarship because it would give me a chance to get a good education so that I can get a good job and also help my family. I am also going to continue to improve my surfing so I can train younger surfers in the future."
Emmanuel Koomson- Ghana
Thirteen-year-old Emmanuel Koomson has never owned his own surfboard. He originally learned to surf on a board that he borrowed from a European tourist and he has progressed his surfing by riding surfboards that he borrows from a local surf shop in exchange for cleaning their shop front. He recently surprised local Ghanaian surfers when he placed 2nd in a local competition on a borrowed board. Emmanuel is a dedicated student and is focused on moving forward with his education and his surfing.
Anthony Rabbi Hemans- Ghana
Anthony Rabbi Hemans started surfing thanks to his Uncle Peter who would push him into the waves in the warm waters of Busua. Anthony wants to become a professional surfer and one of the best in the world. When there aren’t waves for Anthony to surf, he enjoys spending his time studying and helping out fellow classmates with their school work.
Lester Alexis Hernandez- Guatemala
Being an active competitive surfer in his country for almost three years, fourteen-year-old Lester Hernandez has shown great performance and participated in as many surf competitions as possible. Lester’s peers recognize him for his good behavior, teamwork, and hard-working attitude. His passion for surfing has developed in him a competitive edge that has helped him to excel academically and in other sports. The 2014 ISA Scholarship will help him to keep improving his education and continue participating in surf events.
José Franklin Marroquín Oquelí- Guatemala
Ten-year-old Jose Marroquin Oqueli, is a hard working student. He does his best at school to make his mother proud and honor her efforts to pay for his attendance. He really enjoys surfing and is excited to be able to further his efforts in both school and surfing with the help of the 2014 ISA scholarship.
José Manuel Orozco Lopez- Guatemala
Jose Orozco Lopez is a seventeen-year-old surfer from Guatemala. He has competed in as many surf competitions as possible, including the Guatemalan National Championship for the past two years. Jose has a great interest in surfing and the 2014 ISA Scholarship will aid in the continued improvement of his education and competitive surfing.
Sabina Chinantya Anzaltha- Indonesia
Hailing from Tangeran, Indonesia, a city without quality local surf breaks, eighteen-year-old Sabina Chinantya Anzaltha has made consistent effort to improve her surfing. On the weekends when Sabina does not have exams to study for, she goes to the beach to practice. With the aid of the 2014 ISA Scholarship, she will be able to continue training and improving her surfing skills while also reducing the costs for her family. Sabina also plans to donate some of her 2014 ISA Scholarship money to a local surf organization.
Iyan Herdiyanto- Indonesia
Iyan Herdiyanto is a sixteen-year-old Indonesian surfer from the Southeastern coast of Java. Iyan began surfing when he was only eight years old with the help of his older brother Didin Hermawan. He currently gets support for his education and surfing from SPORA, the School of Water Sports and Safety in Pangandaran. The 2014 ISA Scholarship will help this local surfer compete in Indonesian contests, upgrade his education, and support his family.
Vijin Fernandas- India
Fifteen-year-old, Vijin Fernandas comes from a small town in Kenia, India. Despite coming from a difficult background, Vijin has an incredible drive for learning, surfing, and having fun. As one of the top surfers in the Kovalam Surf Club, Vijn serves as a role model for all the surfers in his community. Vijn’s determination and no-nonsense approach of charging big waves will create many opportunities for him in the future. While he would love to make a living out of surfing, he also has big dreams to do Computer Studies as this will create many future opportunities in his country.
Sakunthala Hanumanthapa- India
Fourteen-year-old Sakunthala Hanumanthapa has overcome many obstacles as the only female surfer in the Kovalam Surf Club. Saku, as her friends know her, is breaking down boundaries and acting as a role model for other girls to begin surfing. She has big ambitions to become a fashion designer and plans to use the 2014 ISA Scholarship to continue surfing and pursue her fashion dreams.
Kivins Pushpalilly Jerof- India
Eighteen-year-old Kivins Pushpalilly is an outstanding person, surfer, and student. He has been surfing for over nine years with the support of the Kovalam Surf Club and has show tremendous talent in and out in the water. He is also a straight-A student and at the top of his class. The 2014 ISA Scholarship will aid Kivins in his engineering studies at university and help him to continue to develop as a surfer and role model in his community.
Vinaykrishan Dansinghani- Jamaica
Vinay, as his friends call him, really loves science because he gets to learn about nature and the sea, especially in biology. As a fourteen-year-old surfer, Vinay would like to be the best surfer in Jamaica and if he can, the entire Caribbean. “When I get older I would want to add value to my dad’s eco-tourist park and then join the pro tour and be a professional surfer.”
Sneha Nair- Jamaica
As a 13 year-old student/surfer, Sneha has big plans for her life. “In the future my aspiration is to become a world renowned astrophysicist”, she said. Sneha’s source of inspiration for surfing are Bethany Hamilton and her surf coach, from whom she has learned that surfing is more than just riding waves. She wants to be a role model for her friends and especially to her seven year-old little brother. The ISA Scholarship Program will help her achieve her goals.
Nick Robinson- Jamaica
Nick Robinson was introduced to his favorite sport of surfing when he was seven years old. From this young age, his father instilled in him a sense of commitment and a value for education. Nick, now seventeen years old, is about to enter his 12th grade year of school and plans to use the 2014 ISA Scholarship to pay for his increased school expenses. After finishing all of his homework, Nick loves to go surfing with his friends and relax his mind.
Shatwain Wright- Jamaica
Shatwain Wright, nicknamed “Pookie” by his peers, is a fourteen-year-old Jamaican surfer who is a leader in his community. He has a passion for sports and outside of surfing he participates in football, basketball, and lacrosse. Pookie leaves his mark wherever he goes and has learned that a healthy balance of surfing, education, and chores around the home are essential to building his character. The 2014 ISA Scholarship will assist Shatwain’s family to pay for his surfing and schooling and be an incentive for him to keep up the good work.
Yuki Nakashio- Japan
Yuki is sixteen years old. After the tsunami tragedy in Japan, he and his family moved to Chiba Ichinomia, the prime surfing area of Japan. Yuki started surfing at the age of seven at his hometown Sendai, but when he arrived at his new town he realized how much work would take to excel at surfing. He is very organized and is already working on a plan to achieve his goal of becoming a pro surfer. The 2014 ISA Scholarship Program will help him cope with his training and coaching expenses.
Irene Armstron- Liberia
Irene Armstrong is one of the first female surfers of Liberia. She has competed in the Liberian Surfing Championships for the last few years and really loves the sport. Irene is a great surfing ambassador; she’s been encouraging all her friends to start surfing. With the ISA Scholarship Program’s aid Irene would be able to continue improving her education, and pursue her dream of becoming a nurse.
Otu Commey- Liberia
Otu Commey is sixteen years old and is an up and coming surfer from Liberia. He really wants to improve his surfing and use his surfing as a tool to get an education. He is currently in 9th grade and wants to graduate from high school and go to college in Monrovia. With the ISA Scholarship Program’s aid, Otu will strive to meet all his goals due to his drive and will to achieve his objectives.
Morris M. Gross- Liberia
Morris saw his friends surfing a couple years ago. He borrowed a board and learned very quickly. Surfing brings joy to his life and allows him to express himself in new ways. As he said “Surfing has changed my life and I hope it will bring me opportunities in the future to teach surf lessons and make surfboards. I want finish school and become a successful man, and I believe surfing will help me get there.”
Esther Teah- Liberia
Esther strives to continue her educated, finish high school, and attend a university to help her brother and the surf club she belongs to. “I surf on the weekends when I am not in school, and I encourage my friends to surf with me. Surfing has changed my life and I hope it will bring me more opportunities in the future to travel and surf nation-wide.” At sixteen years of age, she puts her education first and hopes for a better future.
Mariyam Lam-ath Ibrahim- Maldives
Mariyam is one of the few female surfers from the island of Male. When Mariyam scored well on an exam, her parents rewarded her by enrolling her in Malhu Surf School. In her words, "The feeling of happiness that I get through surfing cannot be described." The passion was instant. The 2014 ISA Scholarship will give Mariyam the financial means to continue her education and the means to continue excelling in her new passion.
Ayshan Mohamed- Maldives
Ayshan is from the Maldives. She is twelve years old and has been encouraged by her family members to get involved in water sports since she was a little kid. Furthermore, Ayshan has been a member of the inter-school swimming team since 2011. The ISA Scholarship Program is a motivation for her to keep up the good work both in waters ports and in school.
Joshua Estrada- Mexico
Joshua lives in Rosarito, Mexico. At eleven years of age, he already has competed in several tournaments. Joshua is also a member of the volleyball team and is very committed to sports. The 2014 ISA Scholarship will help him to continue improving his education and surfing skills.
Luis Rey Hernandez Contreras- Mexico
Luis started surfing when he was eight years old at Revolcadero Beach in Guerrero, Mexico. He began surfing with the help of a friend and a local shaper. Since then, he has participated in several contests and championships. Luis’s father used to be a surfer in the 80’s, and has been a big support for him. The 2014 ISA Scholarship will be a source of further motivation for him on his way to success.
Jose Manuel Lopez Gonzalez- Mexico
Jose Manuel is an eighteen-year-old surfer from Ensenada, Mexico. He loves math because he likes to work hard to solve problems. In 2012, Jose Manuel was the State Junior Champion and went to the National Championships. “I truly appreciate to have this unique opportunity in order to continue in my studies and my favorite sport of surfing.” He said.Jose aspires to be a civil engineer and build a career in naval construction while continuing to further his surfing future. The 2014 ISA Scholarship will help him achieve those goals.
Valeria Peconi- Mexico
At fourteen years of age, Valeria works hard to balance, home shores, school duties, and surfing in her life. “I love school and my goal is very clear. I want to go and represent my country on the next ISA World Junior World Championship,” said Valeria. She recognizes that education will give her the opportunity to let her community know that surfing has been a good influence for her.
Nikolai Hof- Namibia
Seventeen-year-old Namibian surfer Nikolai Hof has found many adventures and challenges out in the ocean. By giving his best at everything he does, Nikolai has excelled in bodyboarding, fist ball, and whatever he’s set his mind to. Living in Swakopmund, Namibia, he is surrounded by a plethora of waves including the infamous Skeleton Bay where Nikolai has logged a quality amount of time in the barrel. When he finishes school in Namibia, Nikolai plans to study in Cape Town and continue his surfing adventure there. Getting surf equipment in Namibia is often difficult due to the high import costs and the 2014 ISA Scholarship will help Nikolai buy new equipment and charge more waves.
Sören Kintscher- Namibia
Seven-year-old triplet, Sören Kintscher, is the third part of a Namibian super-grom surfing trio. Along with his brothers Lars and Nils (2013 ISA Scholarship Recipient), Sören loves the fact that he has grown up close to the coast and learned to surf at a young age. He desires to attend regular surfing lessons with his brothers so that they can progress their surfing and enjoy special moments together in the ocean. Sören dreams of someday “catching the tunnel waves at Donkey Bay.”
David Adeyemi- Nigeria
David Adeyemi is eighteen years old and is considered a very good surfer in his community. He needs the 2014 ISA Scholarship's financial aid to be able to receive a good education, and help cover the expenses of becoming a professional surfer. David aspires to become the best surfer in Africa.
Seun Williams Blessing- Nigeria
Seun Williams Blessing, a sevententeen-year-old surfer form Lago, Nigeria, is considered the “queen of surfing in her community.” Appropriately given her last name, Seun is a “Blessing” to the people of her community and loves teaching others the sport that she loves. She is a mentor for the youth and a proud ambassador for Nigerian Surfing. The 2014 ISA Scholarship will help her to pay for school and continued surf lessons.
Omololu Emmanuel Smith- Nigeria
Omololu is eighteen years old, and wants to be able to teach all his friends and the people of his community how surfing can change lives. He is very smart, his teacher and friends refer to him as “genius”. With the aid of the 2014 ISA Scholarship, Omololu will have the opportunity to keep pursuing his personal objectives.
Aimee Brown- New Zealand
Fourteen year-old Aimee just moved away from her family to attend school in Auckland, New Zealand. She is very keen on sports and has been surfing for several years. When she is at her house in the Great Barrier, she goes surfing every opportunity that she has. With the 2014 ISA Scholarship, she will be able to keep improving her education and surfing skills.
Lourdes Gabriela Elizondo- Panama
Lourdes is now fifteen years old and lives in the town of Playa Santa Catalina, Panama. At age thirteen, Lourdes was fortunate to represent Team Panama in the 2013 ISA Junior World Surfing Championships. Lourdes says, “I look forward to the opportunity and responsibility of becoming an official ‘ISA Scholarship Ambassador’.” The 2014 ISA Scholarship will help her ease the financial load of school on her parents, so she can keep participating in national and international events.
Jose Luis Rodriguez Navarro- Panama
Jose Luis is eighteen years old and wants to be awarded with the 2014 ISA Scholarship so he can complete the last stages of the national circuit and the Discovering Surfing Talent Circuit taking place in Panama. Jose plans on spending the 2014 ISA Scholarship funds on school transportation, nutrition, contest expenses, and surfing gear.
Walter Jose Blas Rodriguez- Peru
Growing up in Huanchaco, Peru, a town blessed with rich ties to the sea and innate surfing talent, seventeen-year-old Walter Blas Rodriguez naturally came to love the ocean and surfing. He learned to surf when he was ten years old on a broken old board with the help of a local surf school. At age thirteen, Walter won his first contest which began his passion for competitive surfing. He currently aspires to compete in both national and international competitions with the help of the 2014 ISA Scholarship funds. Walter currently holds a job in a local surf school and helps mentor and train underprivileged kids who are in the same situation that he was.
Gonzalo Nicolas Torres Ramos- Peru
Gonzalo enjoys surfing in his home break in the city of Punta Negra, Peru. The eleven year-old grom fell in love with the sport since the moment he first tried it. Nowadays, Gonzalo considers surfing his life. Struggling with a medical condition has not stopped him from paddling out for surfing. The 2014 ISA Scholarship will be one more contribution to Gonzalo’s well being by allowing him to keep practicing the sport he loves.
Jaro Conradie-Phiri- South Africa
Hailing from the cold waters of Cape Town, South Africa, fourteen-year-old Jaro Conradie has a hard time imagining his life without surfing. He is an avid free surfer and this year he won his first U16 surf contest, the 2014 South African Grommet Games in Port Elizabeth. Training hard has improved Jaro’s confidence and he recently represented the Western Province at the South African Championships in October. The 2014 ISA Scholarship will help Jaro continue to compete in contests across South Africa, as well as help him to pay for his education. At his school, he also plays cricket and is involved in community projects.
Joshe Faulkner- South Africa
If you are looking for fifteen-year-old South African surfer Joshe Faulkner, you are more than likely to find him in the water at Kitchen Windows in Jeffrey’s Bay. Growing up in Pellsrus, a township a stone’s throw away from the world’s premier right-hand pointbreak of Jeffrey’s Bay, Joshe’s backhand surfing and humble attitude are an inspiration and an example to members of his community. Joshe’s surfing has given him hope and the opportunity to rise above his circumstances and achieve a better life. Filled with nervous excitement, Joshe got an airplane for the first time this year and traveled to Ecuador to represent South Africa at the 2014 ISA World Junior Surfing Championships. This opportunity expanded his worldview and gave him a desire to push his surfing and education further, which will be enhanced by the 2014 ISA Scholarship.
Paci Irumva- South Africa
Eighteen-year-old South African surfer Paci Irumva is very grateful for the impact that the sport of surfing has had on his life. When his brother’s friend introduced him to surfing, he fell in love with the ocean and it changed the direction his life was heading. Able to avoid the negative influences of drugs and crime, Paci has excelled in the water with his focus and determination. He is a natural athlete, competing in seven different sports in school. The 2014 ISA Scholarship will allow him to purchase his own surfboard and wetsuit and follow his wild dream of becoming a professional surfer.
Ntando Msibi- South Africa
Seventeen-year-old South African surfer Ntando Msibi has seen incredible transformation in his life through the sport of surfing. Orphaned at a young age and growing up on the streets in Durban, he was mentored and taught to surf by the Surfers Not Street Children organization. Ntando left South Africa for the first time in his life to compete in the 2014 ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in Ecuador with the help of the 2013 ISA Scholarship. Receiving the ISA Scholarship in 2014 will further Ntando’s development as a student, a surfer, and an inspiration to others.
Colbert Villanueva Stanley- Spain
Surfing has been a part of sixteen-year-old Colbert Stanley’s life ever since he caught his first wave when he was eight years old. Living in the Canary Islands, he is blessed with consistently good waves, which has helped his surfing to progress to its current level. The 2014 ISA Scholarship will help purchase a new surfboard and wetsuit so that he can continue to progress his surfing abilities.
Elton John- Trinidad & Tobago
This is Elton John's second time winning the ISA Scholarship Award. Since first being awarded in 2012, Elton has improved his results in school but also knows that he has to work harder and study more. Elton surfs from 3pm to 6pm most evenings after school, and then goes home and do his chores and homework.
Daniel Lewis- Trinidad & Tobago
In 2014, Daniel and his brother Jyiell got the chance to travel to Ecuador to represent Trinidad & Tobago in the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship. With the 2014 ISA Scholarship Award, he plans to improve his surfing and keep up the good work at school.
Jyiell Lewis- Trinidad & Tobago
Jyiell is sixteen years old and lives in a small fishing village in Trinidad called Rampanalgas. He received the ISA scholarship in 2012 and got to travel to Barbados to compete. He says the experience changed his life and the way he sees things around him. Presently he is the Junior National Champion of Trinidad & Tobago.
Erkan Yilmaz- Turkey
Erkan Yilmaz, who’s name translates to “Dolphin”, is a thirteen-year-old surfer from Turkey who loves surfing and the ocean. Erkan desires to buy his own surfboard and wetsuit with the ISA Scholarship so that he can surf on his own and not rely on the equipment of his older surfing friends. With his own gear Erkan will be able to log significantly more time in the water and develop his surfing abilities.
Tanner Ford- United States
Tanner Ford, a fourteen-year-old honor student and up-and-coming surfer from San Diego, CA, has been surfing since he was eight years old. Along with competing in many surf contests, he is also actively involved in the community. He is a member of the Windansea Surf Club and has been involved with multiple other organizations that help kids who are fighting cancer. With the 2014 ISA Scholarship, Tanner plans to achieve a life long dream of traveling to Hawaii to surf and volunteer at the Mauli Ola Foundation where he will help kids with cancer experience the joy of surfing.
Delfina Morosini- Uruguay
Following in her the footsteps of her older brother Francisco, Delfina Morosini has developed a love of surfing and a desire to travel and compete in the sport. As a fourteen-year-old, Delfina won the Women’s Under 18 division on the Uruguayan National Tour but she was unable to compete in the 2014 ISA World Junior Surfing Championships due to lack of funding. Delfina surfs everyday after school with her family and friends and loves to be in the water. She will use the ISA Scholarship to continue competing and further her English studies.
Leandro Arteaga- Venezuela
Leandro Arteaga, a sixteen-year-old surfer from Venezuela who is passionate about both his studies and his surfing. Coming from a family with no father, little income, and a sister with Down Syndrome, the only finance Leandro has is the limited amount that he receives from his grandmother. The 2014 ISA Scholarship will help him travel and compete as well as pay for school materials. Leandro is a top junior surfer and has aspirations to compete on the Latin American Alas Circuit.
Oswald Moreno- Venezuela
Motivated in and out of the water, fifteen-year-old Oswald Moreno is determined to change negative stereotypes of surfing by displaying the positive attributes of the sport. He pursues both his studies and his surfing wholeheartedly and believes that the 2014 ISA Scholarship will help him in this pursuit. With the money from the ISA, he intends not only to buy a new surfboard and accessories, but also to financially support his parents by funding his studies.
Abril Solis - Argentina
Abril Solis is a fourteen-year-old surfer from Argentina who found her passion for surfing at an early age. According to her National Surfing Federation, Abril has an unparalleled sense of dedication and discipline in both her surfing and education. When she is not studying or in the water, Abril enjoys spending time with her close friends and reading. With the help of the 2016 ISA Scholarship she will be improving her training and funding her education.
Raul Bormann - Brazil
Raul Bormann is a passionate eighteen-year-old from Brazil who shows extreme dedication to excelling in his studies and surfing ability. With the help of the 2016 ISA Scholarship, Raul plans to attend University and pay his school tuition, a financial burden that his family could not afford and will no longer have to bear. He also plans to purchase surfing equipment that will further his surfing career.
Matilda Molina - Chile
Matilda Molina, fifteen-year old surfer from Chile, is passionate about her surfing and determined to improve her skills. With the help of the 2016 ISA Scholarship, Matilda will have the opportunity to compete on the Chilean Circuit among a wider group of competitors that will help her take her competition to the next level. Matilda dreams of going to college, ideally close to the ocean, to study architecture and follow after her father who is a builder. She says that this 2016 ISA Scholarship will alleviate the financial stress on her family and give her the motivation to keep surfing and continue her education.
Kenneth Granados - Costa Rica
Kenneth Granados has a fire within him to increase his studies because he knows that a higher education will lead to increased opportunities in his future. In addition to the 2016 ISA Scholarship helping to alleviate his educational finances, it will also give him financial assistance to compete on the Costa Rican National Circuit that is held in seven different locations throughout Costa Rica. He lives with his family of four in Jacó, Costa Rica and his favorite place to surf is Playa Hermosa.
Cedric McCrackin - Costa Rica
For fifteen-year-old Cedric, surfing has given him confidence to chase after his dreams and stay disciplined in all areas of his life. During his recess breaks at school, Cedric works on his homework so that he can come straight home from school and get in the water. Along with his focus on school and motivation to surf, Cedric has a sense of humor and enjoys writing rap songs under the alias “Queso Crema.” Cedric’s future goal is to have a career that is connected with surfing, his biggest passion. When he turns 18, Cedric plans to take the ISA Coaching and Judging Courses and obtain his ISA Certifications. Cedric would use the 2016 ISA Scholarship to help pay for school and competition fees on the Costa Rican National Circuit.
Abril Sofia Viquez - Costa Rica
Abril Sofia Viquez is a fifteen-year-old female bodyboarder from Costa Rica who has a passion and love for the sport. Bodyboarding allows her to spend a great deal of time at the beach and has also introduced her to some of her best friends. Her goal is to represent Costa Rica at the ISA World Bodyboarding Championship and win the Gold Medal. The 2016 ISA Scholarship will help Abril pay for competitions on the National Circuit, new equipment, and allow her to take an English course so she can better communicate with people from other cultures.
Odin Rodriguez Schaffner - Costa Rica
Eleven-year-old Odin Rodriguez Shaffner has been surfing since before he could walk. With the help of a few of the local surfers in Guanacaste, Odin stood up on his first wave when he was only four years old. Surfing has not only been Odin’s biggest passion but it has also been a positive influence on his life and it provides a sense of community for him. Odin lives with his single mother who works tirelessly to support his surfing and education. The 2016 ISA Scholarship will allow Odin compete in the Costa Rican National Circuit where he can develop his surfing and also assist in paying his school fees.
John Vasea - Fiji
Thirteen-year-old John Vasea from Fiji has been surfing for two years. Currently, John’s guardian Godfrey Eaton is paying for his schooling and surfing career. John hopes that the 2016 ISA Scholarship will allow him to pay for his own contest fees and ease some of the financial burden of Mr. Eaton. John is a good student and his love for surfing is unmatched. He recently traveled to Australia to participate in a program that educates Fijian youth about surfing and surf safety. John desires to train to become a professional surfer like Kelly Slater.
Kiesha Wakeham - Fiji
Kiesha Wakeham, ten-year-old surfer from Fiji, is energetic, competitive, confident, and dreams of becoming Fiji’s top female surfer. Kiesha learned to surf from her mother and believes that it allows her to be a better person to her family, to Fiji, and to the world. Kiesha has a smile that lights up the room and desires to be a leader for other Fijian girls by showcasing the positive values of the sport of Surfing. One day she hopes to study Mechanical Engineering and design cars.
Bernard Bannor - Ghana
Eleven year-old Bernard Bannor learned to surf in Kokrobite Beach, Ghana. He claims that Kokrobite Beach is his favorite surf spot, but it is also the only spot that he has ever surfed. Bernard hopes the 2016 ISA Scholarship will expand his surfing horizons by giving him the opportunity to travel to the Ivory Coast to compete and also by allowing him to purchase his own surfboard. Bernard loves surfing with his friends and also playing the drums. He dreams of achieving a degree and becoming either a pilot or a surf instructor so he can provide for his family.
Frank Ayaa - Ghana
Frank Ayaa, sixteen-year-old surfer from Ghana, has a positive outlook on life and is always willing to try new things. Just over a year ago, Frank learned to surf and loves the exercise and how it gives him a sense of freedom. Frank recently competed for the first time in a contest organized on International Surfing Day and he placed fourth in the Junior division, beating others who have been surfing for much longer than he has. Frank dreams of completing college and getting a job as a tailor making clothes.
Joshua Bannor - Ghana
Joshua Bannor is from Kokrobite Beach, Ghana where there is an expanding tourism industry. When Joshua completes high school, he hopes to attend University where he can further his language skills in English and French and better communicate with the tourists in his community. Joshua desires to be an instructor for surfing, drumming, and dancing – three of his biggest passions. He lives with 11 others and the current household income limits his available resources, especially in education. The 2016 ISA Scholarship will assist him in furthering his education by paying for his school fees and books and allowing him to buy new surf equipment. Joshua says that surfing makes him feel free and he desires to share this freedom and passion with others as a surf instructor.
Samuel Jules - Haiti
Sixteen year-old Haitian surfer, Samuel Jules, is an active member of Surf Haiti. Samuel participates regularly in activities by cleaning the beaches, mentoring new members, and teaching swimming and surfing. He is the eldest of his three siblings, all of which surf. The family’s income is not able to support all children’s’ education which is where the 2016 ISA Scholarship will come into play. The 2016 ISA Scholarship will open doors for Samuel by providing financial assistance to continue his schooling and buy new surf equipment. Samuel dreams of one day combining his passion with his career by having a job in the surf industry.
Ronald Lafond - Haiti
Surfing has inspired sixteen-year-old Ronald Lafond to have good behavior, stay focused in school, and follow his passions. Ronald works hard to succeed in school with the hopes that he can one day attend University and become an engineer. The 2016 ISA Scholarship will help to pay for Ronald’s schooling and put him on track to achieve his dream. From beach cleanups to mentoring new members in their surfing ability, Ronald actively participates in all activities organized by Surf Haiti.
Frantzy Andris - Haiti
Eighteen-year-old Frantzy Andris has been a huge contribution to the success and growth of Surf Haiti. Frantzy tackles every challenge with a smile and is an inspiration to other surfers his age by demonstrating that you can enjoy surfing no matter what kind of board you ride. Due to financial hardships, Frantzy has not been able to get the quality education that he desires. However, now with the aid of the ISA Scholarship, Frantzy will be able to improve his educational opportunities with the hope of one day becoming an architect.
Guy Alex Jean - Haiti
At the young age of eighteen, Guy Alex Jean is the Vice President of Surf Haiti and is an exemplary role model to other surfers in his community of Kabik (near Jacmel, Haiti). In order to better his future and the financial situation of his family, Guy works an assortment of jobs including being a server at a restaurant/bar, a surf tour guide, English translator, and many more. With the financial help of the 2016 ISA Scholarship, Guy can focus more of his time on his studies so that he can one day fulfill his dream of becoming a doctor.
Raju Silvadasan - India
Raju Silvadasan is from a small fishing village near Kovalam in India. Most boys Raju’s age neglect their studies in order to work and financially help their family. Six years ago, a social worker from Sebastian Indian Social Projects (SISP) visited Raju’s town and instilled in him the importance of a continued education. Through SISP and the Kovalam Surfclub, Raju is provided with surfboards to use at his leisure as long as he remains in school. Education is his motivation to continue his passion for surfing. Raju is currently preparing to take his 10th standard state exam so that he can enroll in the Engineering University of Kerala. The Indian government is currently planning on constructing an industrial harbor in the town of Kovalam that will expand the job opportunities in the area, especially for engineers. The standard state exam is a very expensive exam and one that Raju is unable to afford without the help of the 2016 ISA Scholarship. We wish Raju the best of luck on this exam and his journey to become an engineer!
Clinton Fredy - India
Clinton Fredy is a seventeen-year-old who loves to learn. Like most of his peers, Fredy dropped out of school at an early age and until several years ago, lacked a role model or any motivation to re-enroll in school. Then, a teacher from Sebastian Indian Social Projects (SISP) approached Clinton and convinced him to join their school. Through SISP, Clinton learned about the Kovalam Surfclub and began surfing. He was inspired by several of his surfing peers to attend an ISA Coaching Course and will be using the 2016 ISA Scholarship funds to enroll in this course. According to Clinton, surfing is the best way to wash away her stress and worries and bring back joy into your life.
Sinchana D Gowda - India
Until 2012, Sinchana D Gowda’s only contact with surfing had been through video clips on TV. Then in 2012, Sinchana’s swimming coach, Mr. Partha Varanashi, taught her how to surf on the beaches of Mangalore. Sinchana is now the top ranking surfer in India in the 14 & under division. The sport is very expensive in India and her mother is unable to support her financially. She plans to use the 2016 ISA scholarship money to buy her very own surfboard. With her little experience as a surfer, she has already proved herself as a talented surfer by winning three gold medals in surf competitions in India. She has a bright future ahead!
Selah McPhail - Jamaica
Selah McPhail of Kingston, Jamaica is an active member of the Jamaica Surfing Association. Selah has been surfing for several years and has competed in all of the Amateur ‘Grom’ events run by the Jamnesia Surf Club. Although Selah has not been surfing as long as some of his peers, he makes his presence known through his determination to improve with every session.
Selah has a strong family foundation, and his parents emphasize the importance of schooling, making good grades a prerequisite for surfing on the weekends. As such, Selah has excelled in both fields and continues to be a force to be reckoned with in both the line up and the classroom. Selah plans to use the ISA Scholarship to fund his education and further his surfing skills.
Kaishu Yamamoto - Japan
Kaishu Yamamoto is a thirteen-year-old surfer from Japan. Kaishu is currently in junior high where he is having to purchase new school uniforms, bags, books, and other educational fees that are very expensive for his family. The 2016 ISA Scholarship will help Kaishu’s family cover these educational costs and will also help alleviate some of his contest fees. According to Kaishu’s surf coach, Kaishu is a role model for his peers who is very hungry to win and improve his skills.
Baecker Badrouddine Adrianirina - Madagascar
Eighteen-year-old Baecker Badrouddine Adrianirina hails from the island nation of Madagascar. Currently, the sport of Surfing is in the very early development stages in Madagascar so access to equipment and resources is extremely limited. Baecker dreams of putting Madagascar on the global surfing stage and uplifting the sport in his country. He plans on attending college and then working to spread the sport of Surfing across the coastline of Madagascar.
Aboubakr Bouaouda - Morocco
Aboubakr Bouaouda (aka Boubker) is a seventeen-year-old surfer from the North African country of Morocco. He has been the reigning Moroccan Surf Champion since 2012 and is considered the best Moroccan surfer of his generation. He has overcome a lot of adversity in his life as a young orphan that was raised by his brother. His adversities instill a drive in him to become a better student and surfer. According to Boubker, “surfing is like drinking water, you need to drink water to stay alive.” Morocco does not currently have the training structure that would be necessary to take Boubker’s surfing to the next level. With the 2016 ISA Scholarship, Boubker will be able to train and compete in Europe where he can further advance his skills. He also wishes to transfer schools where he can achieve a higher level of schooling that can prepare him for University.
Lars Kintscher - Namibia
The Kintscher triplets, Lars, Nils, and Sören, are Namibia’s next generation of surfing talent. All three boys are active in sports and can be found surfing whenever they get the opportunity. With Nils winning the ISA Scholarship in 2013 and Sören winning in 2014, Lars is the third of the triplets to be awarded the ISA Scholarship to better his surfing and educational future. Lars plans to purchase a new surfboard and wetsuit so that he can keep up with his brothers and continue his passion for surfing. Pursuing an active lifestyle, Lars also enjoys swimming, playing squash and riding his bicycle. His favorite surf spot is Pebbles in Swakopmund.
Erick Cruz - Nicaragua
Erick Cruz is a sixteen-year-old surfer from Nicaragua. He has grown up in very tough financial circumstances and works at a surf camp in order to buy food to support his family of 5. According to Sean Pearson, owner of the Playgrounds Surf Camp and fellow ISA Competitor, Erick is a very hard working individual with a passion and natural talent for surfing. The ISA Scholarship will aid him in his travels to contests in Nicaragua and future ISA World Championships.
Daniella Rosas Vega - Peru
At fourteen years of age, Daniella Rosas Vega is a very motivated human being with goals of becoming World Champion. According to Daniella, “Surfing for me is everything, it is my life, my time to relax, my time to spend with friends. I dream of the surfing at night and it consumes my thoughts during the day. Surfing improves my life in many ways, respecting others, being kind when you win a championship, and helping others improve their surfing”. The 2016 ISA Scholarship will help Daniella attain her educational goals as well as help her progress her level of surfing.
Samukelisiswe Cele - South Africa
Samukelisiswe Cele grew up surfing in Durban, South Africa with a fierce determination to be the best surfer she could. Sam Cele is a part of a small group of Zulu girls that surf and she desires to be a role model in her community by encouraging other Zulu girls to pursue surfing. At age sixteen, Sam has persevered as a surfer and has always remained positive and optimistic even when faced with the most difficult challenges. Her dream is to represent Surfing South Africa at the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship like her friend and fellow ISA Scholarship winner, Ntando Msibi did in 2014 and 2015. The 2016 ISA Scholarship will allow her to compete and train more to help her achieve this dream.
Paul Sampson Chudleigh - South Africa
Paul Sampson Chudleigh moved to the beach in Cape Town, South Africa when he was nine years old. He went through a season living on the streets and one day borrowed a board from a stranger and experienced surfing for the first time. Paul said this made him feel free and from that moment, he knew that he wanted to surf as much as possible. When Paul was eleven years old, his mother passed away resulting in Paul being adopted. His new family was full of avid surfers that provided him with all the necessary gear to further his passion. He has been home-schooled by his adopted family and hopes to make a living off surfing when he is older. The 2016 ISA Scholarship Award will help him purchase books, surf equipment, and travel fees.
Angelo Faulkner - South Africa
Fifteen-year-old Angelo Faulkner lives in the wave-rich city of Jeffrey’s Bay with his mother, grandmother, and brother. When he is not in school, Angelo can most likely be found surfing at Kitchen Windows or one of the other waves in Jeffrey’s Bay. Angelo desires to finish high school and go to college to study business management. He says that he is thankful that Surfing has taken him to different places in the country and has kept him on a good path away from temptations. Angelo plans on using the ISA scholarship to facilitate his education, pay for contest entry fees, and buy a new wetsuit.
Colbert Villanueva Stanley - Spain
For Colbert Villanueva Stanley, surfing has changed his life and is continuing to have an influence on his future. Colbert, now eighteen, loves to surf but discovered that he also has a passion for teaching the sport to others, especially to children. Colbert plans to go to University to become an Image and Sound Engineer or an IT Technician. In order to support himself during that time, Colbert plans to work as a Surf Coach and the 2016 ISA Scholarship will grant him the ISA Level 1 Surf Coaching Course. This certification will allow him to become certified at the international standard of safety, quality, and efficacy and seek employment as a surf coach. Colbert desires to share his passion and help others improve their surfing abilities.
Elton John - Trinidad and Tobago
Elton John lives in humble circumstances in the rural seaside community of Balandra, Trinidad and Tobago. Elton and his brother Jyiell, both two-time ISA Scholarship Winners, live in a household with 12 other individuals and are faced with financial insecurity and challenging domestic situations. Despite these challenges, Elton continues to work hard and be dedicated to his surfing and studies.
Jyiell Lewis - Trinidad and Tobago
Jyiell Lewis is a two-time ISA Scholarship Recipient from Trinidad and Tobago. Surfing has kept Jyiell off the streets in a community where there are high levels of primary school delinquency, drugs, and domestic violence. In 2015, Jyiell finished first in the Junior Division and fourth in the Open Men’s at the Trinidad and Tobago Nationals. He continues to overcome challenging situations to develop his surfing ability and keep up his grades at school.
Leon Arman Kapcik - Turkey
Leon Arman Kapcik is from Turkey and learned to surf on borrowed equipment when he was nine years old with the guidance of some more experienced surfers in Turkey. Last year, Leon entered a surf competition in Turkey and won the youngest surfer award. Leon’s dream is to become a professional surfer and surf waves in Hawaii and Fiji. He has been using his brother’s surfboard and wetsuit but is eager to have his own gear. The ISA scholarship will help him buy his own surfboard and surf equipment and continue to improve his surfing in order to reach his goal.
Agustín Zanotta - Uruguay
Sixteen-year-old surfer Agustin Zanotta lives with his dad and brother in Uruguay. Agustin’s mother passed away when he was ten years old and this heartbreaking moment forced Agustin to grow up quickly. Agustin has overcome this tragic time and has grown into a strong individual who is determined to succeed in surfing and in life. In 2015 Agustin qualified for the ISA World Junior Surfing Championships but was unable to attend due to attend due to financial hardship. His 2016 ISA Scholarship will help him to travel to the upcoming ISA World Championships.
Daniel Piña - Venezuela
Daniel Piña hails from a small fishing village in Venezuela and is currently the top ranked surfer in his age group on the Venezuelan National Circuit. Family is very important to Daniel and he lives by the motto: “Families who surfs together stays together”. Last year Daniel qualified to represent Venezuela in the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship but was unable to attend due to the inability to afford the travel costs. With the assistance of the 2016 ISA Scholarship Award, Daniel hopes to be able to represent his country in future ISA World Championships.
Canada - Kalum Bruhwiler Temple
Eighteen-year-old Kalum Bruhwiler Temple is a surfer from Tofino, Canada who has been surfing for 12 years now. His goal is to reach the 2020 Olympics and his level of training and dedication to reach this goal is unparalleled. While many would assume that such dedication in the water may detract from dedication in the classroom, Bruhwiler rose to the occasion and showed an increase in his school performance as well. He plans on applying to Quest University after completing high school but his most immediate goal is to represent Canada in the 2017 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in Hyuga, Japan. The ISA is awarding his scholarship in the form of a registration entry fee for the 2017 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in Hyuga, Japan where he has been selected to represent his National Team. Kalum has a bright career both athletically and academically and we wish him the best of luck in September!
Chile- Dilan Bernales
Dilan Bernales is a 15-year-old adaptive surfer from Arica, Chile. Bernales began surfing three years ago and has since won the Chilean National Championship for the AS-1 Division and represented his country as a member of Team Chile in the 2016 Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship. Bernales has a strong sense of resilience, learning to surf and becoming a champion despite living with severe scoliosis. He is a role model for many other children in his community and motivates them with his charismatic attitude. He hopes to use his ISA Scholarship for training to continue to progress his surfing skills and one day become an ISA World Adaptive Surfing Champion.
Colombia - Freddy Marimon
Freddy Marimon is a 12-year-old adaptive surfer from Colombia. Surfing has transformed Marimon's life in a special way. On land, he is restricted to a wheelchair. However in the water he feels as though he has no limits and is able to move the board like any other surfer. He loves to be on the beach and dropping into big waves. In 2016 Marimon competed in the Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships in La Jolla, California and placed fifth. Marimon plans to return this year and hopes to someday become an ISA World Adaptive Surfing Champion. Marimon is entering high school and wants to receive the education to one day become a veterinarian. He also wants to develop his English-speaking skills so that he can communicate with the other Adaptive Surfers during the ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship.
Colombia - Leimer Morales
For 16-year-old Leimer Morales, SUP surfing has opened his eyes to new possibilities. When Morales first started training with his coach, Pedro Salazar, he was not enrolled in school. Salazar instilled the importance of education and required Morales to re-enroll in school if he wanted to receive lessons. Morales believes that surfing has changed his life because he now understands the importance of maintaining an education while pursing a dream. Morales plans to use his ISA Scholarship to purchase a new SUP in hopes of competing in the Colombian SUP Nationals.
Costa Rica - Camila Summers
When Camila Summers was 13 years old, the National Circuit came to her hometown of Puerto Viejo and she decided to try her luck at competing. She is now 17 years old and has been competing ever since. Summers trains 3 hours a day in and out of the water to continue to progress her skills. She hopes of one day qualifying for Team Costa Rica to represent her country in the ISA World Surfing Games. As a recipient of the ISA Scholarship, Summers hopes to be a role model to other girls in Costa Rica and inspire them to start surfing.
Costa Rica - Kalani Abrahao
Kalani Abrahao is an 11-year-old surfer that moved from Brazil to Costa Rica at the age of 2. There, he competes on the National Circuit where he has been able to stack up a respectful list of results including his most recent achievement as National Champion in the Under-12 division. Abrahao also avidly practices the sport of Jiu Jitsu and has a high level of discipline that directly translates into his surfing performance. Growing up between Brazil, the U.S., and Costa Rica, Abrahao has become fluent in Portuguese, English, and Spanish. He aspires to continue competing in the Costa Rican Nationals as well as to travel and compete on an international scale where he can further develop both his language and surfing skills.
Costa Rica - Rachel Aguero
Eleven-year-old, Rachel Aguero, is currently competing in the "Mini Grom' and 'Junior" categories in the Costa Rican National Circuit with the goal of becoming a professional surfer in the future. Not only is she talented in the water, Aguero is as equally committed to her studies as she is to her surfing. Aguero lives 1.5 hours away from the nearest beach yet this obstacle does not prevent her from missing any training or from succeeding in school. This level of dedication is not only timely, but also expensive as it requires her parents support to drive her to/from the beach on a daily basis. In only a short time of competing in tournaments on the National Surfing Circuit of Costa Rica, Aguero is already ranked among the top positions in her categories. The ISA Scholarship will help fund her gas and travel fees to keep up with her training regime and contest entry fees.
England - Barnaby Cox
To 16-year-old English surfer, Barnaby Cox, surfing is more than just a hobby. Surfing is also a release where he can clear his mind and feel refreshed and connected to something bigger than himself. When Cox faced some unexpected family health hardships, he began dreaming of a future where he could financially support his family through doing something that he loved: surfing. This dream has launched Cox into success where he recently achieved several impressive results including at the British Nationals. Cox hopes that with the support of sponsors, family, and the ISA Scholarship he will be able to create a future in surfing and one day support his family.
Fiji - Kalani Wakeham
Sixteen-year-old Kalani Wakeham has two aspirations in life: to be a professional surfer and an avionics engineer. His determination and work ethic come from his parents' examples because they work extremely hard to support he and his sister. The ISA Scholarship will help alleviate the financial strain on Wakeham's parents and help provide for a continued education where he plans to obtain a degree in engineering. In addition to Wakeham's educational goals, he also strives to be a professional surfer and one day represent Fiji at an ISA World Championships.
Fiji - Ulaiasi Tukana
Ulaiasi Tukana is a 14-year-old surfer from Vunaniu Village, Fiji. He hopes to use the ISA Scholarship to finish school and go to a university. Tukana plans to study tourism so that one day he can work at a surf resort. When he’s not in school Tukana spends time with the local surf guides learning about the surf breaks and learn how to speak to the tourists. Tukana dreams of representing Fiji and this year, hopes to compete in Under 16 division at the 2017 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in Hyuga, Japan.
Ghana - Leticia Kwofie
Leticia Kwofie is a 16-year-old surfer from Ghana that began surfing last year. The ISA Scholarship will, first and foremost, be used to fund her educational expenses at Senior High School. It will also give her the ability to purchase her own surfboard as this is not an expense her mother is able to cover and her only access to surfing has been through borrowing boards. She hopes that with her own surfboard, she will improve her skills enough to enter the local surf competitions in Ghana and encourage more girls to surf.
Ghana - Salamatu Quantson
Salamatu Quantson is 13 years old and a passionate student and surfer. The ISA Scholarship funds will be used to support her education by paying for her outstanding school fees, enrolling her into exams for next year, and giving her the ability to purchase the necessary new school uniform, school bag, and books. It is not typically possible for children in low-income families in Ghana to buy their own surfing equipment so the extra money will allow her to own her first surfboard where she can continue improving her skills.
Haiti - Michael Jules
Fourteen-year-old Michael Jules embodies the spirit of surfing with the dedication and passion he exhibits both in and out of the water. He is an enthusiastic surfer and active member of Surf Haiti. As the next generation of the sport, he uses his positivity and hopefulness to set examples for surfers around him other surfers. Even though Jules and his family may deal with financial challenges, he continues to find a way to overcome and advance further with his education and surfing.
Haiti - Nelson Jeudy
Nelson Jeudy is a 16-year-old from Haiti who is dedicated to both his surfing and education. Despite the struggles he and his family may face, Jeudy does not let it get in the way of his goals and dreams. As a member of Surf Haiti he will be the next generation representing his country, and his enthusiasm for the sport is sure to help him succeed.
Haiti - Sameson Jules
Sameson Jules is a 17-year-old surfer who is a role-model student and active member of Surf Haiti. He is passionate about both his education and the sport of Surfing. Jules is a role model both in and out of the water for fellow students and surfers in his community. Although Jules and his family face financial challenges, he continues to exhibit hope and positivity. With his dedication and strong work ethic, Jules hopes to use his education and surfing to better his family’s financial situation and achieve his goals and dreams.
Hawaii - Darian Haynes
Darian Haynes is a 17-year-old adaptive surfer from Hawaii. She has been surfing for seven years and has racked up noteworthy results including a 4th Place as the only female in the Assist division at the 2015 ISA World Adaptive Championships. The ISA Scholarship will go towards a custom adaptive surfboard that will take her surfing to the next level because her current board is too heavy for her to turn quickly. She believes this will help her unleash her inner Carissa Moore as she continues to transition into the AS1 Stand division.
India - Chandrappa Jamo
Fifteen-year-old, Chandrappa Jamo, has been learning to surf the past year on borrowed boards. Despite the short amount of time surfing has been in his life, Jamo is hooked and believes it will be a life-long hobby. The ISA Scholarship will allow Jamo to purchase his first surfboard so that he can progress much faster and keep his passion alive. Jamo will also be able to pay for his school uniform and tuition fees. He will also be able to pay the traveling expenses to enter the Chennai Competition in India.
India - Tanvi Jagadish
Tanvi Jagadish is one of the promising young female athletes in Surfing and SUP in India. At 17 years old she is the current National Champion of SUP Surfing and the SUP Distance Race in India and represented her country in the 2016 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship (WSUPPC) in Fiji. With the ISA Scholarship she plans to get equipment to focus on an advanced training regime to compete in more international world championships including the 2017 ISA WSUPPC. The ISA Scholarship will also assist her educational goals where she hopes to learn skills to allow her to work in Social Services and help people all around India.
Namibia - Lars Kintscher
Lars Kintscher is a 14-year-old triplet from Namibia. Lars' current surfboard is badly damaged and the ISA Scholarship will assist him in purchasing a new surfboard to get back in the water. He and his brothers hope that one day soon a surf coach will come to Namibia and host a surf camp. Until then, they dream of traveling to their neighbor country of South Africa to receive lessons to advance their skills. Lars placed 3rd in a local 2016 contest in the U14 division.
Namibia - Nils Kintscher
Nils Kintscher began surfing 5 years ago at the age of 9. Now at 14 years old, he has grown out of his wetsuit and is unprepared for the upcoming cold winter in Namibia. Nils placed 1st in a local 2016 contest in the U14 division and is always working on improving his skills for the next one.