Last week the Guernsey Surf School ran a bespoke Surf Lifesaving courses for the GSC. This was a great fun course aimed at ensuring that we have lifeguarding cover for GSC events especially this summers junior series. the course was run over two evenings and was possible thanks to support from Investec Community Donations, EFG Private Bank (Channel Islands) Limited and Sea Change Recruitment. A big thanks to the surf school, our sponsors and to everyone that took part
After nearly two years of negotiations Surfing GB released the following statement today. The Channel Islands Surfing Federation has been recognised as a National Governing Body in its own right and as such are not tied to the decisions of The English Surfing Federation so it’s good news all round:
We are writing today to inform you about some important changes to our National Governing Body (NGB) application and to proudly detail our plans going forward.
As you may know Surfing GB passed stage one of the two stage NGB application process in 2014. Since then we have been working with UK Sport, Sport England and the ISA (International Surfing Association) as well as the surfing federations of Scotland (SSF), Wales (WSF), the Channel Isles (CISF) and England (ESF) with the vision of establishing a British NGB for Surfing.
We can now report that the state of play has changed since we first set out. The Scottish and Welsh Surfing Federations, and that of the Channel Islands are now recognised in their home nation, by their respective Sports councils, as surfing NGBs. The federations of SSF, WSF and CISF are now ready and eager to govern the sport entirely within their areas, however English surfers and surfing remain unrecognised by Sport England.
With this in mind, and considering the best interests of the majority 82% English membership we serve of surfers, coaches, surf schools and surf clubs, the directors of Surfing GB have decided to focus our organisation and operations on England only as of 2017. To best achieve this we have spent recent months negotiating and working with the committee of the English Surfing Federation, and it is today that we proudly announce plans to merge our two organisations to achieve England ONLY NGB recognition for surfing. This decision has been made for the benefit and future of English Surfers and Surfing.
Sport England have supported this approach through advice and funding for the legal work, which will involve changes to our constitution, and the merger of our organisation with the English Surfing Federation (ESF). We plan to ratify the legal changes at a General meeting in October, and move to full England only NGB application during this coming winter.
Surfing GB will remain in full operation until the end of 2016 after which point the combined volunteer boards of Surfing GB and the ESF will then move forward together as an English surfing NGB.
How these changes will affect me as a member
1. English Surfers and Coaches will continue to receive the same support and NGB accreditation as before with no disruption to service:
the structure and service that has served you and managed your membership or accreditation will remain in place
the same team voluntary SGB directors, with additional volunteers from the ESF will lead the organisation
continued insurance and member benefits
the same professional administrative and managerial staff remain in place
continued ISA/NGB recognition, coaching programmes and accreditation
accreditation by an English/ ISA recognised NGB from 2017 onwards
2. Members in Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands
As of January 2017 we will no longer be able to offer you new or renewed Accreditation or membership. Your membership will be valid until its stated expiry date.
As of January 2017 we will no longer be able to offer you ISA coaching programmes in Wales, Scotland and the Channel Isles
The Surfing GB directors would like to thank you all for your continued support. Together with our fantastic team of professional staff that run day to day NGB operations, we remain committed to ensuring that the NGB service that we have built over the last 5 years is a world class, modern and forward looking organisation.
It is with great sadness that we will soon have to say goodbye to our members, surf schools, surf clubs and coaches from Wales, Scotland and the Channel Islands, and we wish you all the very best of luck in your future in surfing.
We now look forward to a productive and exciting future, and for those English members that will continue to receive our service in future we are stoked that we will be able to offer you a more sharply focussed and targeted support than ever before.
For all administrative enquiries please continue to contact Nick Rees or Sally Lawton in the SGB office via email, and if any of you would like to speak to one of the volunteer directors about the changes we are planning then please feel free to get in touch.
Below are some FAQs for you and a copy of our general release.
We will publish this information publicly at 8:00am.
The Surfing GB Directors
As many of you may be aware Jersey Surf Club have made some phenomenal strides over the past few years in restructuring and developing junior talent to represent their island at the European Championships.
The GSC has been working closely with the JSC over the past few months in order to learn from their successes (and failures) so that we can build a similar structure going forward to benefit our members.
GSC is currently working towards this more structured set up so it’s members can not only enjoy the current benefits of insurance but also have the opportunity to take part in more competitions both locally, inter-island and eventually further afield, (with a particular focus on the juniors) not to mention more regular and better notified social events.
With this in mind we will be holding an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on February 19th where we invite anyone who wishes to get involved in the club to attend. Here hopefully everyone can air their opinions and ideas and help appoint people to the relevant roles so that some of this can be implemented.
Obviously we have to be realistic about what we can achieve and how quickly we can do it but for 2015 we are proposing something along the lines of the competition schedule below, with the focus being the creation of the Junior Series over the summer months to encourage talent at this level:
Cold Water Classic (Open and Longboard)
Prize for highest scoring U18/furthest into the comp U18.
23/24/25th May Watersplash
Channel Island Championships
Summer Solstice Surf Session (Open and Longboard)
Prize for highest scoring U18/furthest into the comp U18.
20 June WATERSPLASH
Junior Series – COMPRISES 3 COMPETITIONS (U14, U16, U18 divisions (girls too)
Points given in each division for 1st to 4th
Overall winner is one with highest points tally after Comp No 3.
Late September (perhaps 19/20 or 26/27)
Island Champs 2015 (All divisions)
End of November/Early December
Dinner/dance with prize giving at the same time
There’s not real purpose to this post, we just thought it was interesting to see Mash and Mike going through part of the shaping process to create another VEPO masterpiece. We hope to have a slightly more ordered and informative page on how to shape from start to finish in the future but for now just enjoy watching two guys who really know and love what they do get on with the job. If you want to get in touch with the guys at Vepo to order a new shape or get any awkward-to-fix dings sorted out you can contact them via their Facebook page.
Many of you will know Jez Browning and his brother Nathan and father Richard, all cornerstones of the Guernsey surfing community. Jez moved to Portugal many years ago where he has worked as a surf coach before focusing on surf related boot camps, honing other surfers skills in waves of consequence. The first Bootcamp was back in 2009. The formula worked and since then they have been in great demand and have gone from strength to strength. Due to their success Jez was given the accolade of ASI level 4 Master surf coach. This is the highest surfing recognition you can get in the industry to date with only 6 others in the world that hold it. He also helps train and assess budding surf instructors.
Jez is always keen to get Guernsey surfers on his trips and with the Peniche in Portugal and then the Maldives coming up soon you’re guaranteed to get great waves and great advice. So if you’re keen to improve your surfing or just get some of the best waves of your life check out the newsletter or visit the UniSURFITY website
Just a reminder to anyone who’s keen to sign up to the Guernsey Surf Club Fantasy Surf Clubhouse before the new WCT season kicks off at Snapper soon.
All you need to do is go to http://www.fantasysurfer.com/ sign up and then search for Guernsey Surf Club under the Private Search section. The Code is 1945. Good Luck
On a cold and blustery November morning The Guernsey surfing community paid homage to one of the Islands finest and most inspirational surfers, Bob Warry, who sadly passed away recently. Both as a surfer and as a shaper Bob was one of the Pioneers of surfing not only in Guernsey but also the UK. The turnout for Bob’s memorial paddle out was phenomenal and a true testament to his influence on our surfing community. Along with Bob’s wife Phyllis surfers of all ages attended and Bob’s son Phil lead the procession out to lineup at Vazon to say few words and give thanks for this amazing man who paved the way for so many surfers after him.
We will post more about Bob’s inspirational surfing story in a coming feature which will touch on both his incredible talent as a surfer and how, along with Barry Hughes he formed Blade Surfboards.
As another year on the World Tour draws to a close the race for the coveted crown of Guernsey Fantasy Surfer Champ is coming down to the line. Chez leads the way with Vepo Surfboards and Pierre728 chasing hard on his heals. If you weren’t in the running this year why not sign up for the 2014 season. Just search for Guernsey Surf Club in the private club section after registering athttp://fantasy.surfermag.com/.
Ok it’s a bit on the chilly side but here’s something to consider for a new years resolution… Ever thought about becoming a Beach Lifeguard – where you can work overseas patrolling the beaches, or even lead on to become a Surf Instructor? The GSS ran two RLSS Beach Lifeguard courses in September and October this year. If you are interested in doing courses next summer please get in contact with the GSS for more info. All candidates must be 16 years or older and must have some ocean/water skills. Ideal for those wanting to work locally or abroad and excellent for us surfers/beach users/parents wanting to learn some valuable life skills.
For further details please contact Steve on 07911 710789