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ISA Judges Course

Surfing New Zealand delivers the International Surfing Association (ISA) Judging Seminar. The seminar is great for all club surfing officials, competitive surfers and those involved with the sport of surfing.

Surfing New Zealand’s Lee Ryan, SNZ Head Judge and WSL/ISA international judge facilitates the course. Once qualified, judges can officiate at events both in New Zealand and internationally.  Alternatively, the course offers a great source of information for officials to take back to their local boardrider clubs and pass on to other club members and help improve officiating at a community level.

The Course
The one day course involves an intensive classroom learning experience where participants are taken through all aspects of the ISA judging criteria including:

Competition rules
Duties of a judge
Interference rules
General judging information

Lunch is provided.

Surfing Ability
Participants must have a decent knowledge of surfing prior to attending the course.

This course is not just for those wishing to officiate at SNZ sanctioned events but is also very valuable for competitors who wish to find out what the judges look for when scoring waves.

Post Course Requirements
On completion of the course, attendees will be qualified as an accredited ISA Level One Judge and eligibility to judge at Surfing New Zealand and ISA sanctioned events.

The course costs $250 for adults and $150 for participants under 18. The cost includes all course manuals and twelve months ISA Judges registration.

Upcoming Courses


If your club wants to organise a course then please get in touch.

Courses will be advertised through local boardrider clubs, on this website and via newsletter and social media.  A minimum of eight registrants are required for a course to be held.

If you are interested in attending a course then please register your interest with the Surfing New Zealand Development Manager – Lee Ryan 0211160160 or email lee.ryan@surfingnz.co.nz.

If you have already completed the ISA Judging Course but need to re-register your expired judges card you can now register direct with the ISA and SNZ via this link http://theisafoundation.org/product/judging-renewals/.  Registration runs from 1st December in a calendar year.

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