The WSF are delighted to announce that Rusty, FCS, Gorilla and mophie will support this year’s Welsh Nationals. The Nationals represent the single most important date in the WSF contest calendar, with the entry growing each year.
This year the WSF have opted to make use of the late four day Easter bank holiday providing us with an extra days competition to ensure we run in the best possible conditions. We've also introduced some new categories to this year’s event; over 40's, over 45's as well as a Ladies Longboard have been added. One thing that still remains is the venue, which will be the ever reliable Freshwater West where we’ve enjoyed a run of incredible surfing conditions.
With 15 titles up for grabs plus the club title this year’s Nationals will be the most exciting ever. The Open division should be fascinating with the next generation of Max Payne and Rhys Barfield expected to step up to the main event, alongside the ever improving local crew of Alex Morris, Harry Cromwell and Kiefer Thomson all looking to take away Mark Vaughan's title.
The women's title will be defended by Emily Williams who will have to be on top form to see off an ever growing talent pool of challengers. The four days of competition take place between 18th - 21st April with entry forms available on the WSF website.
The WSF extends a warm welcome to our new sponsors Rusty, FCS, Gorilla and mophie and wish all our competitors the very best of luck. A special mention to Mr Liam O'Shea for all his hard work in securing our sponsors for this year.
Welsh Nationals Entry Forms are available to download under the Online Forms link.. Get amongst it!
Welsh Junior Squad Training Weekend
After having to change venue at the last minute, the WSF Coaching team managed to run a successful training weekend at Porthcawl over the weekend of the 16/17th Feb.
Saturday morning was spent working on fitness, plenty of sprinting up sand dunes, the action then moved to the Y Center where the groms had video analysis and judging sessions.
The day was rounded off with a surf, plenty of lips for the frothing ( and tired ) groms to hit.
The sun came out and the wind finally disappeared on Sunday ( for the first time this year? ), Rest Bay was pumping and the groms were all over it ( plenty of pics on our Facebook page ).
Most of the day was spent surfing with just a quick break for video analysis at lunchtime..
Big thanks to the WSF coaching team, the groms, the parents and everyone else who made the weekend happen!
Junior Squad Training - this weekend 15th/16th
Urgent! Junior Squad Training change of venue for this weekend…
Due to the horrific weather we have been having the Water sports center in Pembrokeshire is no longer available for use, so we have no alternative but to move the venue to Porthcawl.
Meet Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m Hi Tide Car Park Coney Beach.
Meet at the Hi Tide car park Coney ready for some sand dune training, at 9:00 a.m Saturday.
This will be followed by some video analysis work at the YMCA in Porthcawl, and possibly a swim session at Heronsbridge school. Bridgend.
We then hope to get a late afternoon surf.
Sunday morning meet 9:00 a.m at Rest Bay
Sunday’s session will begin 9:00 a.m at Rest bay car park.
Be ready to do some water work followed by an afternoon session of video analysis work at the YCMA.
Sorry for the short notice, the access road to the Pembroke Water Sports center has been damaged and they currently have no electricity.
Could squad members please share with fellow squad members to ensure everybody gets the message!!
An email will also be sent out but we wanted to get this information out as soon as possible.
WSF Coaching Team
Welsh Junior Training 15th 16th Feb
Pembroke Surf Program 2014 Day 1
9:00 = Meet and greet at Pembroke Water Sports Centre ( meet and greet, direction map below )
9:30 = Leave for surf spot
10:20 = Arrive at Surf destination ,ready for Warm up.
10:20 = Warm up +- 20 min
11:00 = Surf (IN an OUT style coaching )
1:00 = BREAK for Lunch
2:00 = surf coaching or head back to centre for fitness (waves dependant).
Pembroke Surf Program 2014 Day 2
9:00 = Meet and greet at Pembroke Water Sports Centre ( Refresh and Feed back of previous day)
9:30 = Leave for surf spot
10:20 = Arrive at Surf destination, ready for warm up.
10:20 = Warm up +- 20 min
11:00 = Surf ( spilt into 2 groups with heats and video analysis and Coaching )
1:00 = BREAK for Lunch
2:00 = Head back to centre for Video Analysis.
2:30 = Class room work with video Analysis
Pembroke WaterSports Center location
2013 - WSF End of Year report
2013 was a huge year for the Welsh Surfing Federation, ISA membership and our 40th birthday, find out what else went on and some of the things planned for this year on this pdf
Welsh Junior Squad Training 25th/26th Jan 2014
WELSH JUNIOR SQUAD TRAINING THIS WEEKEND!
Training will start at 9:00 a.m on Saturday and Sunday at Rest Bay Porthcawl.
Please bring packed lunch, drinks and warm clothing.
You will also need gym kit and a swimming costume for Sunday as we will be heading to Heronsbridge School after the first surf on Sunday morning.
Wales Juniors at the Worlds!!
Following our recent recognition by the International Surfing Association, the WSF are delighted to announce that our Junior team will be selected in the coming weeks to compete at the World Junior Surfing Championships to be held in Ecuador this April.
The team will be the first to represent Wales at World level, making history in the process.
Further announcements will be made shortly, stay tuned..
ISA Celebrates 50 Years of World Championships
The ISA are celebrating 50 years of surfing this year, 240 World Champs since 1964..
Read President Fernando Aguerre's anniversary message here
Happy New Year
The WSF would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support this year and to wish you all a very Happy New Year!
Mae'r WSF eisiau cymryd y cyfle hon i ddiolch pawb an eu cefnogaeth y blwyddyn yma ac eisiau dymuno chi blwyddyn newydd dda!
In the Immortal words of Noddy Holder..
Merry Christmas Everyone!
Hope everyone has a good one, spends some time with their loved ones, builds up the browny points and then gets in the water!
Don't forget if you are planning on any online shopping when the sales start, register on easy Fundraising here and help the WSF out!
Thanks for a great year everyone!
Surf Snowdonia - Wave Garden
The Wave Garden in Snowdonia is scheduled to open in 2015, checkout their website for more news..
They are also on Facebook, search for Surf Snowdonia
New Head Coach!
The WSF are pleased to announce the appointment of Ingemar Cressey as Head Coach of the Welsh Team with immediate effect.
The WSF believe the current Welsh Senior Champ and former Junior South African champion holds the correct balance of both coaching skills and surfing expertise to develop our surfers skills to take them to the next level.
New coaching dates will be announced shortly and communicated to the Welsh Squad.
In the meantime the WSF would like to take this opportunity to wish Ingemar every success as coach.
Fundraising for the WSF
Shopping online, buying your loved ones Christmas presents to make up for all the times you disappear off down the beach??
Register with Easyfundraising at the link below, there is no cost to you, you still buy through the retailers website and the WSF get a donation from Easyfundraising!
It works exactly the same as when you search on google and then click on the search results..
Register, then do your search on easyfundraising, loads of retailers including Amazon, John Lewis, Next, Thomas Cook, Premier inn etc..
Follow the link here and the retailer pays easyfundraising a percentage of the cost which they pass on to the WSF..
WSF Competition Policy
The WSF can confirm that following our recent recognition and approval as an International Surfing Association country that we will look to send a Welsh Team to compete at ISA events using the following criteria:
Following a committee meeting the WSF decided to prioritised the European Surfing Federation’s – Euro Juniors (every even year) and Euro Surf (every odd year) Events and will send full teams offering financial support and sponsorship (if available).
In the case of International Surfing Association Events, The World Juniors, World Seniors, World Masters, World Longboard, World SUP and World Bodyboard Events. The WSF will only select and enter a Team (in part or in full) of surfers that meet World Surfing Level as decided by our Coaches and Selection Committee. Surfers will also have to meet our current selection criteria.
The WSF are under no obligation to send any individual(s) or a full team to a World event based on any previous competitive results, or if our experts believe that:
An individual(s) Health and Safety, Life / Lives could be put at risk. OR;
If an individual(s) could damage the reputation of Wales on an International Stage.
A surfer may only represent Wales at any level with the approval of the WSF’s selection committee.
In the case of ISA events financial funding will only be provided if the WSF has met its commitment to ESF events and all other financial obligations.
If the WSF are unable to provide financial support for the selected individual(s) at either ESF or ISA events then the Individual(s) will be responsible for financing “all costs associated to ensure participation”. Including: Entry Fees, Membership, Travel, Accommodation, Food and Drink, Medical and Travel Insurance, Transport costs, Fuel, Expenses, Chaperone(s), Judges, Management, Coach(es), Medical supplies; and any other costs specific to competing.
All at the WSF were sad to hear the news today of the death of Chops Lascelles, British surfing has lost a legend, Chops was a good personal friend to many in Wales and will be sadly missed, our thoughts are with Mary and his family and friends at this sad time.
Surfing pic by Richard Davies
Welsh Senior Team 2013
Big thanks to McLay's and MiPost for their help in getting the Welsh Senior team to the European Championships in Azores, the team kit was provided by Guts Surfboards and No Limits Wetsuits so another big thank you in order there!
If you need printing, surfboards or wetsuits you know where to go!!
Good luck to the team, rip it up guys!
European Seniors 2013 Welsh Team
FINAL TEAM LIST 05-08-13
The WSF Selection Committee are pleased to announce the final team selection to represent Wales at this year’s European Surfing Championships being held in The Azores on the 13th- 22nd September 2013.
Harry Cromwell P.S.R
Lloyd Cole L.B.R
Adam Jenkins L.B.R
Alex Morris P.S.R
Jo Dennison P.S.R
Amy Murphy C.C.S.C
Nick Dowrick L.B.R
Connor Griffiths L.B.R
James Jones L.B.R
Greg Owen W.C.S.C
Gemma Harris W.S.F
Mark Griffiths W.S.F
Rhys Poulton L.B.R
22 Rest Bay Close
Press Release - Wales joins I.S.A
Wales and The Welsh Surfing Federation has today been recognised by the International Surfing Association as an international surfing country in it's own right !
The Welsh Surfing Federation has achieved yet another of their goals and is to be recognised and represented as a surfing nation at world level.
This will mean greater opportunities for our surfers to compete on the world stage, without restriction and to represent their country at the ISA World Surfing Championships across all disciplines.
This year, is the 40th anniversary of the formation of the Welsh Surfing Federation and 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 keep working 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 year. This will not only be a year to celebrate our history, but a year to celebrate our future!
Stu Bentley WSF Secretary
Sunny Court 22 Rest Bay Close Porthcawl South Wales CF36 3UN
Tel: +44 845 3080996 Mob: +44 7807 326892
Please see link here for I.S.A report
Well done Max & Rhys - British Team members
Congrats to Max Payne and Rhys Barfield on making the British Team for the I.S.A World Juniors in Nicaragua.
Best wishes and fly the flag for Wales boys!!
Full team listing here
A Polite Request
To all those attending the Quiksilver Welsh Nationals,
Please do not place your rubbish around the bins (if full) as this encourages vermin as well as local wildlife which results in the rubbish being blown around the car park and surrounding area.
If the bins provided are full please can you ensure that any rubbish you generate whilst at the competition is taken home with you and disposed of accordingly.
Welsh Surfing Federation