The International Surfing Association (ISA) will work with the International Life Saving Federation (ILS) to establish standard water safety course and certificate for surf and stand-up paddleboard instructors and coaches. The world governing body for the sport of surfing teamed up with ILS to design the International Surf and SUP Instructor Aquatic Rescue and Safety Course, a program that will see the light of day in 2017. The new course will teach water safety, lifesaving, environmental responsibility, and ocean sustainability to surf training professionals. Accredited trainer Jamo Borthwick worked with both organizations and developed the program’s content.
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ISA teams up with lifesavers
Kalani Chapman almost lost his life after suffering a severe wipeout at Pipeline, on Oahu’s North Shore, in Hawaii. The local legend nearly drowned. Chapman was competing on the 2017 Da Hui Backdoor Shootout. It was the last heat of the day, and the Pipeline was firing six-to-eight-foot bombs. The experienced Hawaiian surfer drops in on a Second Reef bomb, waits for the double-up, gets covered and disappears. Where was he? Why hasn’t he surfaced? Terry Ahue was on the jet ski support team. He immediately rushed to the wipeout zone.
Kalani Chapman nearly dies at Pipeline
Kepa Acero suffered a severe neck and back injury after wiping out in Mundaka, in the Basque Country. On January 2, 2017, the prolific surfer-traveler was enjoying the magical left-handers of his home break when he fell off of a wave and hit the bottom floor. “At that moment, I lost consciousness. The only moment I can remember was under the water, wanting to reach the surface, but my hands and my legs were not taking orders,” Acero explained later.
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Kepa Acero saved from drowning in Mundaka
Do you remember the first time you rode a wave? What did you feel? How would you describe the feeling of walking on water? We want to know what surfing means to you. For many, it happened 20 years ago. For others, it’s been 10 years. A small minority started last year. But the indescribable feeling of gliding across the water is unforgettable. A large number of surfers from around the world caught the first wave of their lives on a beautiful summer day, with a blue sky that blended in with the blue of the ocean. Others have gained courage and paddled out on a gray winter day.
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What surfing means to me
Nosedives are one of the most common incidents in surfing. Learn how to balance your weight and prevent pearling while catching waves. In surfing, nosediving doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve done something wrong. Yes, it can be particularly embarrassing when you think you’ve nailed down a perfect wave, and then you wipe out in front of friends, family, and fellow surfers. But it’s part of the wave riding game. Don’t worry. Everybody falls. Even the pros. We’re not glued to the surfboard, and sometimes we only notice that the nose of the board is digging into the water when it’s already too late – the back of the surfboard is launched up and you get catapulted.
How to avoid nosediving/pearling in surfing