English surfing is something that's close to our hearts here at dryrobe - it's where we started, it's what we enjoy every day and it's a big part of our future. Very recently, a game changing decision was made to secure the future of English surfing itself.
On June 21st 2017, Sport England recognised Surfing England as the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of surfing in England. This move marks the end of a seven-year-journey by the organisation - to have a surfing body officially recognised at the highest level.
The news means that English surfing is now eligible to gain access to government funding and professional support, which has been closed for many years – an essential step at a critical time, as the sport continues to grow and it prepares for its Olympic debut in Tokyo 2020.
“Sport England is pleased to announce that Surfing England is now a recognised National Governing Body. As a recognised NGB, we hope that Surfing England will continue to grow in its reach, providing more support and expertise to anyone currently in the sport or starting for the first time.” Said Phil Smith, Sport England's Director of Sport.
The organisation’s vision and strategy towards “a healthy surfing community” can now be realised.
dryrobe ambassador Will Bailey, looking forward to the future (Photo: Robbie Dark)
With access to thousands of miles of wave drenched coastline and world leading wavepool technology set to radically improve performance, English surfers are aiming for medals on the global stage.
The recognition of Surfing England follows the recent unification of English surfers under an NGB that has passed rigorous testing and examination by Sport England. Built by surfers for surfers with a strong foundation, professional staff and an adherence to proper and transparent process, the organisation is designed to meet the demands and delivery of a modern day NGB service. Surfing England has succeeded largely thanks to the good will of its diverse membership and exceptional support from sponsors.
“The message is a clear one, Surfing England is a community and we invite every surfer in the country to join us“, said Nick Rees, Surfing England Operations Manager.
Surfing England, now with its official recognition and wave of positive energy, will provide a first class service to its members and the public as it aims to achieve a healthy surfing community. Here at dryrobe, we're proud and excited to be a part of this.
For more information on Surfing England or to become a member, head to - www.surfingengland.org
"We've had a great working relationship with Surfing England over the years and it's awesome to see all of their hard work pay off. It's going to be exciting to see how this will help develop and nurture the wealth of talent in the UK right now," Gideon Bright, Founder of dryrobe.