Wales Recognised as Independent Surfing Country

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Wales and The Welsh Surfing Federation has been recognised by the International Surfing Association as an international surfing country in its own right. The announcement was made via the ISA Website on Friday 26th July 2013.

The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognised by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing, StandUp Paddle (SUP) Surfing and Racing, and all other wave riding activities. ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 74 countries on five continents.

The Welsh Surfing Federation has achieved yet another of their goals, to be recognised and represented as a surfing nation at world level. “I’m very happy to welcome Wales to the ISA,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “Despite being the UK’s smallest nation, the Welsh are big on surf and their passion for the sport will continue to increase the status of the ISA as well as boost surfing’s status for all of Europe. Welcome to all Welsh surfers and surfing fans to the ISA.”

Membership of the ISA will mean greater opportunities for Welsh surfers to compete, without restriction, on the world stage and to represent their country across all wave riding disciplines. From this year on there will be the opportunity for Welsh surfers to represent their country at the ISA World Surfing Championships in all disciplines.

“We are a passionate and committed sporting nation possessing our own rich culture and Celtic heritage,” said Welsh Surfing Federation President Huw John. “We have been a core member of the European Surfing Federation (ESF) for 40 years, and our surfers have always been successful on a European and World stage and our members are extremely passionate about their achievements being fully recognized at World level as Welsh. Our goals and aims for our surfers from the beginning, was to promote and develop Welsh surfers at every level of the sport and to compete at National, European and World levels. Through becoming a member of the ISA we will be able to provide greater opportunities for our surfers to achieve this goal without restriction. We recognise and admire the ISA as the World leaders for surfing and are excited to share their goal of recognition of the sport by the IOC and for a better surfing future.”

With 2013 being the 40th anniversary of the Welsh Surfing Federation, the news of our ISA membership, in conjunction with the progress made with our proposed state of the art Headquarters and Centre of Surfing Excellence, bodes well for an exciting future for surfing in Wales.

The WSF will endeavour to ensure that the future of surfing throughout Wales, will be protected and developed, from grass roots level, to the highest level; for all ages, sex and ability, whether competitive or non-competitive.

These are exciting times for Welsh Surfing in our 40th Anniversary. This will not only be a year to celebrate our history, but a year to celebrate our future!

Stu Bentley
WSF Secretary