Course provides opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about judging criteria and methods used in top surfing competition around the world

San Juan Capistrano, Calif. – June 6, 2011 – Surfing America, the National Governing Body for surfing in the USA, is pleased to announce that it will be holding its first ISA Judging and Officiating Course on June 20, 2011 in San Clemente, CA.  This event is designed to coincide with the Surfing America USA Championships and falls on the day before the Lower Trestles portion of the competition begins.

The ISA Judging & Officiating Development Program is the result of 15 years of research and development and is recognized as the most comprehensive judging education program in the world.

Surfing America and the ISA are both committed to the continued growth and success of surfing worldwide and recognize the need for a standardized accreditation course. The quality and credibility of every competition hinges on the education of its officials. And judging is the cornerstone upon which this credibility is measured.

“Developing a judging education program like this is extremely important to the future of our sport,” said Erik Krammer, Surfing America’s Judging Director. “And the fact that this same program is being offered globally will help to ensure consistency all around the world.”

All judges that complete the ISA Judging & Officiating Accreditation Course are registered on the ISA International Judge’s Register for 1 year and receive newsletters and an official ISA International Judges’ Identification card.

“We’re eager to get started with this,” said Mike Gerard, Surfing America’s executive director.  “This critically important initiative speaks to Surfing America’s Mission Statement and further enhances the organization’s role as the National Governing Body for surfing in the United States.  We plan to get all Surfing America member organizations actively involved in this program as well–ensuring the competitive pathway is uncluttered as it can possibly be with regard to to consistency and understanding about judging and contest results.”

Here are the event details:

Who: Judges, Officials, Competitors, Coaches, Parents, and all interested parties!

When: June 20, 2011, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm   ~    International Surfing Day!

Where: Irons In The Fire  (located at the historic San Clemente Municipal Golf Course)
150 East Avenida Magdalena
San Clemente, CA  92672
(949) 542-3900

Presenter: Erik Krammer, Surfing America Judging Director, [email protected]

Price: $100 (includes lunch and refreshments)

Sign-up: On-line Registration only – REGISTER HERE NOW

Content: A globally standardized educational program for the sport of surfing with an extensive judging course manual and interactive DVD which will provide International Level 1 Certification, International and National Registration, and access to the International Judges Exchange Program.

Press Contact:
Mike Gerard
Surfing America, Inc.
33157-B Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Tel 949-276-4660 ext. 25
Fax 949-496-9190
[email protected]

About Surfing America, Inc.
Surfing America is the ISA-recognized National Governing Body for Surfing in the United States. The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the sport’s World Governing Authority.  http://isasurf.org

Surfing America is an IRS recognized 501(c) 3 charitable organization and an industry-wide initiative. With a primary emphasis on youth development, key projects include: improving competition standards, hosting national championship events, and selecting and fielding the official United States Surf Team to compete internationally.

All donations made to Surfing America are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the law. Donation checks should be made payable to: Surfing America, 33157 Camino Capistrano Suite B San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675. End of year tax receipts are sent to every individual donor of more than $250. For donations under $250, a canceled check or credit card statement is sufficient evidence for IRS purposes. Surfing America will send a tax receipt to any donor who requests one. http://surfingamerica.org

Surfing America Mission Statement
The Mission of Surfing America is to promote the growth, competitive success, and positive image of surfing in the USA and to provide the best possible experience for all participants by encouraging, developing, advancing, and administrating the sport–while producing champions.