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.