Acceptance of the sport of Surfing to the Olympics Games 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.
British Surfing to participate in the Olympic Games 2020, Tokyo, Japan
Today, in Rio de Janeiro, it was announced that member nations of the Olympic Movement voted in favour of the inclusion of the sport of Surfing in the Olympic Games 2020 in Tokyo. Surfing is one of five new sports to be included and provides a platform for British surfing to excel on the world stage.
International Surfing Association statement here
Additionally, the surfing Federations from across Britain, have today announced the signing of an agreement that sets the foundations for the future development of the sport across the British Islands.
Within the British Islands the governing bodies for the sport of surfing consists of the Scottish Surfing Federation, the English Surfing Federation, the Welsh Surfing Federation and the Channel Islands Surfing Federation, each of which manage the sport in their own jurisdiction.
Over recent years each of the Federations have gone from strength to strength; managing their own programs and teams at European and World Championship level.
Earlier this year with the prospect of Surfing entering the Olympics, an event which now requires British Team participation, the Federations representing each jurisdiction formed the British Surfing Union of Recognised Federations (‘BSURF’) agreement.
As well as framing how the governing bodies will come together to prepare, select and manage a British team when required, the BSURF agreement offers each home nation a framework for collaboration and mutual support.
“Surfing in Wales is gathering strength and pace and following our acceptance in 2013 as an independent nation within the International Surfing Association, we have been competing at the World Surfing Games in addition to the European Surfing Championships.
With the inclusion of surfing in the Olympics, Wales is set to play, once again, a major role in World Surfing & Sporting Events. With the advent of Surfing becoming a major world sport and through the development of surfing facilities such as Surf Snowdonia in North Wales and our proposed Centre of Excellence in South Wales, surfing is moving rapidly into a new era in Wales and the World. With an abundance of a spectacular Welsh coastline and surfing beaches, Wales is naturally poised to become a major stakeholder in British, European and World Surfing”.
Stu Bentley – WSF Secretary
“For the sport of surfing, these are very exciting times, and the surfing federations now embark on a journey to build an effective strategy and development plan that will prepare British athletes for the world stage in readiness for the Olympic Games 2020”.
William Watson on behalf of BSURF
ISA Senior Worlds – Portugal and France finish top four!
France and Portugal finish top four at ISA Senior Worlds
Welsh SUP Championships 2016
The 2016 Welsh National SUP Championships were held at Langland Bay over the weekend of 2nd/3rd April
Welsh Junior Squad visit Surf Snowdonia
The WSF Junior Squad were lucky enough to have a private training session at Surf Snowdonia just before it reopened for the 2016 season
News Release – SGB & English Surfing Federation Consolidation
The WSF would like to congratulate the English Surfing Federation on their forthcoming consolidation with Surfing GB. This represents a new era in British surfing, as for so long the English Surfing Federation have been the sleeping giants of Europe.
This will give the English surfing federation and its members the opportunity to fulfill its potential as a major surfing power within the UK and Europe. As our closest neighbours and oldest rivals we are pleased to fully support the consolidation.
Huw John – President Welsh Surfing Federation
For more information on the changes please go to the Surfing GB website here
Welsh Nationals 2016 Report
The 2016 Welsh Nationals in association with MiPost, Sanuk, FCS & Gorilla.
Payne reigns and Williams Regains!!
2016 Mens and Womens Champions, Max Payne and Emily Williams
Max Payne and Emily Williams took top honours at this year’s Welsh Nationals in association with MiPost, FCS, Sanuk and Gorilla. Payne emulated Rhys Barfield’s achievement last year by becoming Open and Junior Champion to outscore an inform Harry Cromwell, defending champ Rhys Barfield and fellow Junior finalist Cieran Hughes. Emily Williams couldn’t put a foot wrong in the Women’s final as she found herself in tune with mother nature to take a convincing win over Gwen Spurlock and fellow finalists Breige Lawrence and Ffion Hughes to regain the title she lost last year.
Read the report, watch the video and enjoy the pics here
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