October 19, 2011

Helping the Salvadorean People in Punta Roca

L to R: Gray Line Avitours' Carlos Ortiz, ISA's Bob Mignogna, and La Libertad's Mayor's Office, Cristobal Carranza and Mauricio Ayala. Photo: ISA/Watts

L to R: Gray Line Avitours' Carlos Ortiz, ISA's Bob Mignogna, and La Libertad's Mayor's Office, Cristobal Carranza and Mauricio Ayala. Photo: ISA/Watts

The ISA and Event Organizer, Gray Line Avitours Make a Donation to Help the Hurting Community to Recover from the Floods

As a sign of gratitude for the great hospitality the amazing people of La Libertad are showing to all the competitors and officials involved in the El Salvador ISA World Masters Surfing Championship, the International Surfing Association (ISA) and Gray Line Avitours are helping with the relief effort for members of the local community who have evacuated their homes due to the torrential floods over the past weekend.

A fund of USD 1,050 was used to purchase rice, beans, flour, water, meat, vegetables and fruit for over 900 people being sheltered in community centers by the local government.

It rained so much that the water of Río Chilama is way above its level, so much that it changed the lineup at Punta Roca, creating the barreling sandbar the Masters have been surfing. Photo: ISA/Watts

It rained so much that the water of Río Chilama is way above its level, so much that it changed the lineup at Punta Roca, creating the barreling sandbar the Masters have been surfing. Photo: ISA/Watts

Early this morning, Bob Mignogna, ISA’s Director General and Gray Line Avitours’ Carlos Ortiz met with Mauricio Enrique Ayala, Manager of the La Libertad Mayor’s Office, and Cristobal Carranza Rivas, Councilman of the city to deliver the goods.

“The people of El Salvador gave us so much that this is the least we can do for them,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “In such a difficult moment that has brought so much pain to the country, we came with the idea of creating this fund. Immediate help is what they need and is exactly what we’re giving them. We hope this helps those who need the most.”

This donation and the massive beach cleanup that the ISA organized earlier in the week are positive contributions from the international surfing community that the ISA represents.

The ISA World Masters Surfing Championship is sponsored by El Salvador Impresionante, Alcaldía del Puerto de La Libertad, Surfos, Alcatel, TACA), El Gráfico, Olas Permanentes Magazine, TIGO, Decameron, Cushe, Maya Realty, Yamaha, Alamo, La Femenina, CONJUVE, Amate Travel, Línea Ejecutiva, Surfline, Hospital de la Mujer, Arreconsa, Torogoz, Pepsi, Adrenaline, Gray Line El Salvador, CASATUR and POLITUR

About the International Surfing Association
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 also sanctions the World Kneeboard Titles and the Tandem Surfing World Title, and will hold the first World Bodyboard Championship in 2011, and the first World Standup Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship in 2012.

ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 69 countries on five 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 (AUS), Karín Sierralta (PER) and Debbie Beacham (USA).