Llewelyn 'Sponge' Williams crowned ISA 2022 Para Surfing World Champion!
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!
Welsh Adaptive Team head to California for the ISA World Championships!
Following Llywelyn Williams’ final placing in the Kneeling Division at the US Open Adaptive Surfing Championships 2021, we’re trying to give even more support to our athletes at this year’s championships.
Taking place at Pismo Beach, California, the US Open Adaptive Surfing Championship gives Team Wales the chance to follow up on Sponge’s success.
If you would like to offer financial support to our adaptive athletes, hit this link:
The championships kick off on Dec 4th. You can catch all the live action here:
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The British Cup is ON for Llantwit!
The 2022 British Cup is ON for this weekend at Llantwit Major Beach, Vale of Glamorgan.
The heat draw will be made available as soon as possible.
Please be aware it is our intention to start competition at 8am Saturday morning.
Live scores and results along with a live video stream will be available via our website. Visit by clicking here.
Keep an eye on the socials too!
We look forward to welcoming competitors and spectators alike from all corners of the UK.
IMPORTANT - The onsite cafe is CASH ONLY! Don't go hungry!
The Grom Comp everyone has been waiting for - Whitesands Surf Competition
- Grom, Comp, Competition, Contest, Junior
Calling all Groms! Get involved in the Whitesands Surf Competition.
Follow Pembrokeshire Surf Club on socials to keep up to date.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to enter. It's only a fiver!!!!
The call will be made on October 12th - lets hope there's waves.
Categories are U12, 14, 16 & 18. (Boys & Girls)
2 Welshmen fly to California to represent Britain in the ISA World Games
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
Emily Evans representing Wales at Euro SUP 2022!
GOOD LUCK to Emily Evans as she heads to Denmark for the 2022 EuroSUP Championships for Team Wales.
We are super excited to support Emily as she battles it out in several SUP disciplines: distance, technical, sprint and surf.
Opening ceremony: Saturday 27/08
Keep up to date with the action online... https://supcitydenmark.dk/
WSF joined with Swansea Council and RNLI to found the Caswell Beach Charter
WSF's Paul Killa has worked so very hard on this project, and to see it come to fruition is a testament to his dedication to water safety and maintaining the Welsh beaches and coastline.
Below is the write-up from the Swansea Bay News when the story caught the eye of the local press. The initiative will hopefully be a blueprint for other beaches/areas to follow in Caswell's footsteps.
A new initiative has been launched so people know leisure operators using a Gower Beach have the skills and experience to provide safe fun activities delivered to the highest standard.
Swansea Council has joined up with the RNLI and the Welsh Surfing Federation to launch the Caswell Beach Operators Charter.
It aims to ensure safe and sustainable use of one of Gower’s most popular beaches for activities while being mindful of the many thousands of casual beach users who visit each year.
The other founding members are Surfability UK CIC, Progress Surf School, Gower Surf Academy, Mumbles Lifeguard Club and Gower Activity Centres.
Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Investment, Regeneration and Tourism, Robert Francis -Davies, said: “I’m really pleased that we have been able to join together as partnership to launch this charter and I’d like to thank all those involved.
“This charter allows people to know they are using an authorised locally-based operator with the qualifications and experience to deliver safe activities while being mindful of the environment and other beach users.
“Swansea has more than 40 miles of coastline so water safety and sustainability is vitally important."
“This is one of the first initiatives of its kind in Wales and something we hope to extend to some of our other spectacular beaches.”
The charter is designed to be flexible and will be reviewed regularly with operators updated within the confines of the sustainable use of the beach.
All organisations that sign up to the charter must be able to demonstrate that they have the skills and experience to offer licensed beach activities.
They also give a commitment to avoid any damage to the site and leave it in the condition they found it, to minimise any disturbance to wildlife, fellow beach users and the local community and to promote sustainable beach use to all who use their services.
Signs have been put up around the beach promoting the charter and its members.
A spokesperson for the Welsh Surfing Federation said: “We have worked with partner agencies to achieve what is a first for the country and something that we hope will be adopted by other landowners and local authorities to give an industry standard, promoting the safest possible environment for the public who engage in lessons and coaching from surfing and SUP organisations that are affiliated to the WSF.”
Image: Swansea Council
WCSC Grom Festival 2022 a success!
The Welsh Coast Surf Club hosted their annual Grom Festival at Rest Bay, Porthcawl today. On what was one of the sunniest, busiest beach days of the year so far, the club managed to run the event to completion.
The waves were small, but the water warm and the stoke level dialled to maximum!
The groms battled it out in the following categories:
U10, U12B, U12G, U14B, U14G, U16G & U18B (B = boys, G = Girls)
The feedback has been amazing from the competitors!
Fun day comps like this is where so many grass-roots surfers begin, and we would like to thank all of the sponsors of the event for helping WCSC put on such an amazing contest.
Keep an eye on our events calendar where we will keep you updated on everything that is going on.
Well done WCSC!