The Museum of British Surfing 

Plans to open the first full time surfing museum in Europe have taken a major step forward. North Devon District Council has approved planning permission for the Museum of British Surfing to be established in Braunton.

"I'm delighted the council has given us their blessing," said founder Peter Robinson, "6 years of hard work have finally paid off and we stand a real chance of opening in 2010."

The surf museum is working with North Devon Plus to get the core funding in place to fit out the building as a 21st century event-based visitor attraction at the old Saltrock factory outlet building on the Vellator Industrial Estate.

"Money is obviously tight everywhere, but already several companies and individuals have already offered their help. It's important the surfing community gets behind us now to help create an exciting and fun venue we can all be proud of," said Peter, "we're looking for investors and founding partners - no amount is too small - but we urgently need to raise the money for the charity to complete the project."

As a taster of things to come, the museum's travelling exhibition 'an art history of British surfing' will be opening in Braunton later in August to help raise funds and increase the project's profile - more than 13,000 people saw the display while it was in Thurso, Scotland, over the last 3 months. Details will be published on the museum's website in the near future.

"The support of North Devon Plus and the local district and parish councils has been vital in getting the surf museum this far, and this has been backed up by promises of support from surfing brands and surfers working in other businesses offering their skills," said Peter.

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Surfing America 

Surfing America, the National Governing Body for surfing in the USA, is pleased to announce that a new series of events, called Surfing America Prime, will blanket the nation in the 2009/2010 competition season. 

What was PacSun WSA Prime presented by Got Milk?—an incredibly successful series of events for “under 18” surfers on the West Coast this past year—will expand its footprint across the country under the Surfing America banner.  The Surfing America Prime series will be made up of ten (10) events in total:  six contests on the West Coast, three contests on the East Coast, and one in Texas.  

The series kicks off at DMJ’s on Camp Pendleton on August 22-23 and offers a high standard of competion for aspiring surfers in the following age divisions:

Boys Under 18

Boys Under 16

Boys Under 14

Girls Under 18

Girls Under 16

As a result of this development, any mainland US athlete in these divisions, who seeks entry into 2010 Surfing America USA Championships event, must compete in—and qualify through—the new Surfing America Prime.  A limited number of slots into Surfing America Prime will be distributed by invitation-only by Surfing America member organizations (ESA, NSSA, TGSA, and WSA).  As there is no Prime series in Hawaii yet, a limited number of HSA and NSSA-Hawaii Under-18 athletes will advance into to the USA Championships directly from their organizations.

All competitors in adult age divisions will continue to qualify to the USA Championships through the current structure in their respective Surfing America member organization. 

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Surfboards could be treated as a cruise liner in the UK

Surfers, bodyboarders, windsurfers and kitesurfers of the United Kingdom may be jailed and fined up to £50,000 if they cause accidents at sea.

The proposal is being discussed by the Department for Transport (DfT) under the Merchant Shipping Act and it was unveiled after a jet skier avoided prision in a severe accident that caused head injuries in a man.

The jet skier was jailed for six months, but the sentence changed as it was ruled that a jet ski is not technically a ship.

Moreover, surfers, bodyboarders, windsurfers and kitesurfers could have problems in the future, in case of being caught under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Preventing colllisions at sea, in the UK, is the main drive of this proposal that treats all watercraft as a single unit.

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