Brit Nationals Prepare for Big Surf

AFTER lurching from crisis to destruction in recent years a dedicated groups of individuals are looking to get UK surfing back on its feet. The British Nationals are set to run this weekend at Fistral plus if you want to get involved there's a meeting on the 29th. More info here.

In short:
-- New steering committee to step forward
-- Surfing Legend Nigel Semmens backs initiative
-- Bold new move to rejuvenate British Surfing to be kick- started by Championships
-- UK Pro Surf Association to support new steering committee
-- British Nationals set to run on 29th & 30th October

Organisers of the 2011 British Surfing Championships have announced the formation of a new steering committee, in a surfer- led initiative to take control of their crisis riven National Governing Body.

The new committee will step forward at a meeting of surfers scheduled for 29th October at Fistral International Surfing Centre in Newquay, during the British Championships. A wide range of interests in the surf community will be represented: surfers from across the UK, Industry representatives and the media.

Matt Knight who has been co-ordinating the British Championships said "We are stoked that such a large group of very respected people are stepping forward to take control of their sport. Everyone in the surf community and across all regions of the UK will recognise some of the names on this committee. We hope the momentum gained by the British Championships will launch the start of new era for the governance of British Surfing"

With Surfing GB in crisis and no-one answering the phone, it has become clear to surfers that they had to sort out their failing National Governing Body. Alex Wade, Journalist and author of Surf Nation said "We need an effective NGB because without one there is no funding from Sport England for Junior development, Surf Clubs, and Surf Schools. Why is it that the UK still fails to compete at the top level? It's not for lack of talent or waves. Our aim will be to nurture the grassroots of the surf community by looking after the clubs, schools and regions; and to see world class British surfers competing on the WCT within a decade"

The initiative will receive a boost from the support of the UK professional surf association. Dave Reed, the respected CEO of UKPSA will be working with the new committee to ensure that national level contests and ranking systems are professionally run. It will be a significant step in healing the fractures at the top of governance of surfing in Britain. "for years elite competitors in the UK have had two separate ranking systems and two separate organisations to deal with" said Knight, "we hope to develop a joined-up approach, so that British surfers can compete at the highest level under a simplified ranking system and in properly managed contests"

In other exciting news for the new committee it was announced today that the former European Champion Nigel Semmens will put his backing behind the steering committee "Nigel commands the respect of everyone who knows anything about British surfing. His support and massive experience will give the committee the confidence of knowing we have someone with that legendary status behind us."

Sponsors from across the industry have stepped forward to support the British Championships. All divisions are now set to run. For information about the 2011 British Surf Championships and the surfer's meeting scheduled for 29th October go to www.britishsurfchamps.co.uk or contact Matt Knight on 01271891100 or 07789746970


Ed Temperley

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