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La Jolla, California, 23 Nov. 2010 - The International Surfing Association (ISA) President, Fernando Aguerre, today announced the addition of Stacie Perry to the organization in the newly created Event Operations Manager position.
ISA President Aguerre said, "As the ISA continues to develop its premiere world championship events, it is crucial for the ISA's feature events to progress in both scope and excellence.
"The Event Operations Manager post will help to ensure that these events are first-class and will help the organization in achieving its long term mission, which includes the Olympic Games. Stacie's experience in event production, marketing and her passion for surfing will be a tremendous asset in this role."
Reporting to ISA Director General, Bob Mignogna, Perry will be responsible for overseeing the production of the ISA's signature events, including the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, Billabong ISA World Surfing Games, ISA World Masters Surfing Championship, ISA World Bodyboard Championship, and ISA World Standup Paddle Championship.
Perry brings more than 10 years of action sports industry experience, most recently as the Marketing Manager at Pacific Sunwear, the surf industry's largest retail customer worldwide. She is also the former Managing Editor of TransWorld Surf.
"The ISA has been extremely successful in raising the visibility of the sport of surfing internationally and has united a phenomenal number of nations toward the goal of bringing surfing to the Olympic Games," says Perry.
"I am extremely honored to be joining the ISA organization and to have the opportunity to help deliver a better surfing future worldwide."
The ISA is also announcing the departure of Executive Director Stephanie Keith, who has been with the organization for two and a half years.
Keith successfully managed the organization during a period of significant growth both in ISA events and development programs. Keith will remain in the sport industry as the newly appointed Development and Events Director for the San Diego Sports Commission and San Diego Hall of Champions.
The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. It was originally founded as the International Surfing Federation in 1964 and has been running Open Division World Championships since 1964, Junior World Championships since 1980, and Masters World Championships since 2007. The ISA will hold the first Stand Up Paddle (SUP) World Championship in 2011.
ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 64 countries on six continents. Its headquarters are located in San Diego, California. It is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (Argentina), first elected President in 1994 in Rio de Janeiro and re-elected seven times since. The ISA's three Vice Presidents are Alan Atkins (Australia), Mike Gerard (USA) and Karín Sierralta (Peru).