GSWParis 2023


Fernando Aguerre

International Surfing Association



In May of 1994, Fernando was elected President of the International Surfing Association. He has been a key player in the recent expansion and promotion of his beloved sport and his passion for surfing has been an inspiration for many surfers around the world. Fernando led the ISA in obtaining recognition by the IOC in 1997. It is under Fernando’s leadership that the ISA has grown to its current status as the very recognizable and widely respected International Federation for wave riding sports. The ISA crowns Gold Medalists across multiple disciplines of the sport, supports global youth with the ISA Scholarship Program, and creates a global standard for surf and SUP instruction with its developmental program. Fernando has always been heavily involved in the sport of surfing. In addition to his long term Presidency at the ISA, he co-founded PASA, the Pan American Surfing Association in 1992 which he presided until 2002, when he decided not to run for re-election. He serves in the Senior Advisory Board of Directors for SIMA, the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association of the United States and as President of the SIMA Humanitarian Fund (the humanitarian arm of the surfing industry). Fernando actively participates as a member of several humanitarian and environmental surf based organizations, always as an unpaid volunteer in search of his dream of a better world.