The steering committe met last Friday at Jamaica Inn. Here are the minutes of that meeting.
Surfing Meeting -
Minutes – 11.11.2011
Present at the
meeting were: Kerry Powell, Andy
Sturt, Bob Freshwater, Kevin Cook, Hugo Tagholm, Greg Martin, Bruce Daniel, Sam
Lamiroy, Gail Sheath, Kevin Smith, Rob Tibbles, Rob Whitney, Isabelle Bromham,
Adrian Phillips, Alex Williams, Nigel Semmens, Matt Knight, Alex Wade.
Epic conditions greet surfers in “People’s Championships”
Stu Campbell Takes the Open
Sarah Beardmore completes double with European and British Crowns
Dawn of a new era for British Surfing.
The 2011 British Surf Championships was held over two days last weekend in classic and building surf. By the end of Day one, the Open, Masters, Women’s and Junior titles had been decided in pumping conditions at Fistral Beach. Read the rest of this entry »
Well done to all the competitors who joined us in Newquay for the British National Surf Championships and thanks to all the friends, supporters, sponsors and volunteers for the time and effort they put it to make the event happen. With surf building from 2ft in the morning till come the final we had 6-8ft rollers steaming through the lineup, its fair to say we had the conditions in which to crown true British champs, thanks again to all who took part and made it such a fun and friendly weekend for everyone.
With the British Nationals set to run this weekend at Fistral; A gathering of surfers, interested parties, parents, businesses, media and others is meeting in Newquay to decide the future of surfing in the UK.
We want to start as we mean to go on and keep you as informed as possible so we’ve got a few documents you need to read to
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 today 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.
The 2011 British National Surf Championships Website is now LIVE. Open and Open women surfers, together with juniors and grommets of both sexes, will compete for the British titles on 29th 30th October, at Fistral in Newquay.
With on-going difficulties at Surfing GB, none of the 2011 National events were scheduled to take place. Alarm bells started ringing amongst surfers that their NGB was in a state of crisis.
Volunteers stepped forward to salvage the most important event, the British Nationals; making a statement to the wider surfing community that events like this matter; and that no- one sponsor, or failing NGB, can take away surfer’s rights to contest their National titles, run their own events, and determine their own governance.
That message struck a chord. Within a fortnight an eclectic and diverse range of sponsors had offered their support. From surf industry giants to local shops and tourist businesses, the offers of help rolled in.
Many of you will know that our National Governing Body (Surfing GB, formerly the BSA) has been experiencing difficulties for many years. It is public knowledge that there are currently no staff in the NGB office. The vast majority just want to see an end to the problems and a focus on surfing.
British Surfing needs a strong and credible National Governing Body (NGB) because without official recognition, surfing as a sport cannot access funding from Sport England. That means surf clubs, surf schools, surf businesses and individual surfers are all unable to compete for badly needed development grants with other sports.
A strong NGB does not just access funding. It should be assisting its members with things that matter to them: cheap insurance, club development, running contests, certification and ensuring good standards of training: of judges, coaches, surf schools. The NGB should also be training and managing the National teams that put British Surfing on the global map. A strong NGB gives surfers a political voice, ensuring that surfers are consulted as stakeholders in marine and watersports policy.
All surfers are affected, directly or indirectly, by the strength or weakness of their NGB.
The 2011 British Nationals will provide an opportunity for surfers to meet and decide on the future strategy for their NGB. Elections and a plan for 2012 are on the agenda.
There is now a proposal for winter squad training in preparation for Panama 2012. Juniors who have an interest in GB squad selection for 2012 and beyond, have an opportunity to register their interest; and everyone has an opportunity to decide on the squad selection criteria and programme for winter training.
US surfing Legend Joey Buran will be attending the British Nationals, in an informal and advisory capacity, with a view to working alongside a crack team of the country’s top junior coaches: Tony Good, Joel Gray, John Ellis, Lloyd Cole, Micah Lester and Kelly O’Toole. This respected and knowledgeable team will be meeting at the event to decide on, and present, a development squad strategy for this winter. Please feel free to contribute your ideas for a fair selection process to this site and to the facebook page. All ideas are welcome.