Llewelyn 'Sponge' Williams crowned World Champion at the 2022 ISA Para Surfing World Championships!
Representing Wales at the 2022 World Para Surfing Championships at Pismo Beach, California, Sponge has battled through a field of top international competitors to become the Men's World Champion in the kneeling division.
This achievement was long in the making, with several close finishes in previous years.
2022 is definitely Sponge's year, and what a way to start the festive season.
The WSF congratulate Llewelyn on this massive achievement. You deserve it! You are the best in the world!
The Welsh Surfing Federation would like to congratulate Patrick Langdon-Dark and Logan Nicol on their selection to compete for Team GB at the ISA World Surfing Games, starting 16th September at Huntington Beach, California. The dynamic duo ensure that Welsh national surfers occupy two out of the six available places in the British Team who will be competing for the ultimate prize of Olympic Qualification.
The WSF wishes Pat, Logan and the rest of the team every success at the event. In addition to the selection of our two young rippers, it's really exciting that the WSF’s own Gwen Spurlock has been appointed to the role of British Surfing’s Pathway Development Lead, and will join the team in California as Deputy Team Manager. Congratulations to the three of you!
The event can be followed @ https://isasurf.org/event/2022-isa-world-surfing-games/
The WSF have received the following official announcement from British Surfing to share:
British Surfing are pleased to announce the team that will compete in the upcoming ISA World Surfing Games. The ISA World Surfing Games will take place from the 16-24th September at Huntington Beach, California. This event represents the start of the qualification process for the 2024 Olympics.
This event is also the first following British Surfing’s appointment of Victoria Gosling OBE as the new British Surfing Chair; Joel Gray as Performance Pathway Manager; and Gwen Spurlock as Pathway Development Lead.
“This is a real positive step for British Surfing and the fact that the funding and positions are long term focussed is like a breath of fresh air. Personally Im really excited to get to work. These ISA Games are just the starting point and we hope to put in place a healthy pathway for emerging groms to aspire to with healthy numbers competing on the WSL and of course WT and Olympic Qualification as realistic goals.” Joel Gray
“With the Paris 2024 Olympics approaching, and surfing as a sport now being recognised and supported, I personally feel extremely excited about the future for our athletes. I am driven by creating the platform that supports our surfers to achieve an Olympic medal in the not-so-distant future.” Gwen Spurlock.
Future Squad and Team Selection Policy will be announced shortly; furthermore we will provide information on upcoming Squad Development Camps planned to take in the UK and overseas.
Of Note: British Surfing are in the process of launching a new website - live from early from Oct 22. In the interim please see all live updates from the forthcoming ISA Competition at the British Surfing Instagram page.
Victoria Gosling OBE
British Surfing Chairman
British Team - ISA World Surfing Games 2022
Arran Strong (reserve)
Emily Currie (reserve)
Team Manager: Joel Gray
Deputy Team Manager: Gwen Spurlock
Coach: Llewellyn Whittaker
Physio: Michael Pellegrino
The Wales Para Surfing Team is heading to California in December to compete at the ISA Para Surf World Championships.
The Team could do with a little extra help with funding. We are looking for sponsors and individual donations to add to the pot. Please get in touch if you run a company that would like to sponsor or would like to make a donation.
Pictured is Welsh Para Athlete Llywelyn 'Sponge' Williams riding a beautiful blue barrel during a previous World Championships.
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Llewelyn goes to the USA and conquers!