Star surfers, fans and global sports officials gather for world premiere featuring ISA President Fernando Aguerre’s quest for Olympic surfing
Huntington Beach, California: 18 September 2022
The world premiere of “The Impossible Wave” was held yesterday with surf stars, fans and global sports officials attending the exclusive film screening in Huntington Beach, California.
The 40-minute documentary tells the powerful story of International Surfing Association (ISA) President Fernando Aguerre’s personal quest to make his beloved passion, surfing, become an Olympic sport.
Upon arrival, the guests at the screening were draped in traditional Hawaiian leis to celebrate the history and culture of surfing. Those present included Quiksilver USA Founder and Former CEO Bob McKnight, and World Champions Peter Townend, Barton Lynch and Debbie Beacham.
Produced and directed by Jay and Jessica Johnson, “The Impossible Wave” tells the story of Fernando’s life.
Aguerre was first elected President of the ISA in 1994.
Over the course of the next 20-plus years, he devoted an exceptional amount of time, finances, and, most importantly, waves, to accomplish his greatest achievement. He secured a place for surfing in the biggest sports event in the world, the Olympic Games.
But his journey was not a simple or easy one. As Fernando says in the movie, “My persistence and my resilience were my engine, but my fuel I think was the support of all people. Even people that thought I was a lunatic, that this was a lunacy. Which I believed, many times, that it was a lunacy.”