The ISA has announced a broadcast partnership with Eurosport Asia Pacific to show highlights of their World Championships in 2016 ©ISA

The International Surfing Association (ISA) has announced a broadcast partnership with Eurosport Asia Pacific, which will see the channel air the highlights of all of their World Championships held in 2016.

Eurosport Asia Pacific will show the best bits of all four ISA World Championship events held this year, in 47 different countries.

The 2016 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, which was held in the Azores, Portugal, last month, will be the first of the Championships to air across the region.

The station will also show highlights from the 2016 ISA World Surfing Games from Costa Rica, which took place in August.

The upcoming Stand-Up Paddle and Paddleboard World Championships, which will take place in Fiji, are also part of the package and will be broadcast on December 8.

The 2016 World Adaptive Surfing Championship, which are to be held in December, complete the series of events.

Surfing was confirmed as an Olympic sport for Tokyo 2020 in August after decades of campaigning.

With international broadcasting deals like this, the ISA plans "to extend further the reach of surfing and share the sport and its unique culture with more people around the world".

The World Junior Surfing Championship is part of the agreement ©ISA
The World Junior Surfing Championship is part of the agreement ©ISA

"This exciting new partnership with Eurosport Asia Pacific is further evidence of the ISA’s path to grow and develop surfing outside of its traditional markets," said ISA President Fernando Aguerre.

"We have seen huge growth of the sport across the world in recent years, especially in Asia, Latin America and Africa, as well in the more traditional surfing markets.

"We are thrilled to partner with a future Olympic broadcaster to showcase surfing in 47 countries throughout Asia Pacific - a region of very valuable potential for the sport."

In June 2015, Discovery Communications and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) signed an agreement that will give Eurosport exclusive television and rights in Europe for the next four Olympic Games, including Tokyo 2020.

"Surfing is a wonderful, high-energy, youth-orientated sport and the stunning seascapes and dynamic action on the waves make it perfect for TV," said Eurosport chief executive Peter Hutton.

"The sport’s inclusion on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic programme ties in perfectly with our forthcoming status as an Olympic broadcaster and we are looking forward to working together to take surfing to more people globally."