International Surfing Association appoints Anthony Vela as StandUp Paddle Strategic Advisor
La Jolla, California, USA – March 31 2022
The International Surfing Association (ISA) has today announced the appointment of industry veteran Anthony Vela as the organization’s new Strategic Advisor on StandUp Paddle (SUP).
Vela brings a wealth of international SUP experience to the ISA having been an elite athlete, coach, commentator and organizer. More recently he has been the ISA Race Director for the 2018 and 2019 ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championships as well as the same role for the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru where SUP was under the responsibility of the ISA.
SUP continues to be a priority sport for the ISA as the organization is responsible for governance of SUP globally at an Olympic level. Vela will now work closely with ISA Vice-President and multiple SUP World Champion, Casper Steinfath, and the broader ISA leadership to further enhance the investment in SUP and ensure its continued worldwide development and promotion.
Commencing with immediate effect, Vela will support to drive forward the ISA’s SUP strategy, which includes competition formats, course designs and event scheduling. This involves maximizing the global profile of the 2022 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship (ISA WSUPPC) and ensuring the successful delivery of the event. The 2022 ISA WSUPPC host destination and dates will also be announced soon.
Working alongside ISA Executive Director, Robert Fasulo, and other ISA staff, Vela will additionally help in the technical management of SUP competitions when they are a part of a multi-sport event, for example at the forthcoming 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile. He will also help the ISA explore new SUP events and formats to further accelerate the growth of SUP and increase its global appeal.
Through his new role, Vela will also look to enhance the competitive rules for SUP and assist in the process to select event judging panels and race officials.