In 2008, American participation in outdoor recreation was marked by encouraging growth in important segments of core outdoor activities as well as continuing, though less dramatic, declines in youth participation, according to a new report, the 2009 Outdoor Recreation Participation Report, released today by The Outdoor Foundation. These trends show the beginning of adjustments in American lifestyles brought about by a challenging economy, shifting demographics and changing times.

"In today's economy, people are returning to simpler lifestyles - the 'less is more' ethic," said Christine Fanning, executive director of The Outdoor Foundation. "Historically economic downturns have resulted in increased participation in outdoor recreation. Nature-based activities provide fun, affordable recreation and vacation opportunities for individuals and families. In the resurgence of several core outdoor activities in 2008, we hopefully see Americans beginning to reconnect with nature. With the impacts of the obesity and inactivity crisis felt nationwide - particularly among our kids - a return to a healthier outdoor lifestyle is an encouraging development and important trend."

The Outdoor Foundation's 2009 Outdoor Recreation Participation Report is the only detailed study of its kind tracking American participation trends in outdoor recreation. The study is based on an on-line survey capturing responses from over 40,000 Americans ages six and older and covers 114 different activities, making it the largest survey of its type examining participation in sports and outdoor activities.

The report provides important insights into participation in outdoor recreation that are critical to efforts nationwide seeking to understand and reverse the growing inactivity crisis and the growing disconnect with the outdoors among youth and all Americans. Detailed information is included on youth, diversity, and gender - demographics essential to future generations of outdoor enthusiasts and conservationists.


2009 British Senior Championships

The BSA have given the go-ahead for the 2009 British Open Surf Championships sponsored by VW and in association with Quiksilver and Fistral Blu Bar.

This weekend (19th & 20th Sept) will see surfers from across the country converging on Fistral Beach, Newquay, for the opportunity to fight it out for the most prestigious title in the land. Last year surfers made the most of solid 6ft waves in one of the most prestigious contests on British soil.

The 2008 British Open saw some of the best conditions ever witnessed for a contest on British shores with Russell Winter and Joanne Dennison making the most of the waves to ride all the way to the top spots on the podium. WQS surfer Winter celebrated his first British Open Champion title in over 15 years as well as the senior’s top podium placing.


Australian surfer girls in Cronulla, back in 1962 

The Caltex / Honey Girls Surf Classic will take place at North Cronulla Beach over the October long weekend. The female only event will feature five divisions including; Open Women's Surfboard, U/16 Girls Surfboard, U/14 Girls Surfboard, Open Longboard and Open Bodyboard with a unique contest format that will encourage activation and participation.

Women's surfing dates back to pre 1962 in Cronulla at which point the Kurranulla Wahines, an all girls club was formed.

The beaches at Cronulla have been recognised within the National Surfing Reserve Scheme for their wave quality and cultural significance in the development of Australia's surfing culture. This event will begin another chapter in the proud surfing heritage of the area, particularly due to the unique way it will encourage and develop women's surfing and model positive active lifestyles.

In addition to the fun and excitement of the surfing action a Surfing Australia Judging and Officiating Course will be held to further enhance the calibre of accredited female judges within the Sydney area.

This initiative is part of the development and mentoring strategy embedded into the event structure which also includes a sportswomen's dinner, to be held at Rydges Cronulla Beach, where high profile female athletes will be on hand to encourage the competitors.

People enjoying the sunshine and surfing action at the Caltex / Honey Girls Surf Classic are also reminded to take care of their skin.

“To make the most out of surfing without getting burnt, keep your skin protected as the weather heats up," said Marion Carroll, Regional Program Coordinator Cancer Council NSW.

"There’s more to being “sunsmart” than just sunscreen – remember to also wear a rashie, hat and sunnies when you can, and take a break in the shade between sessions,” she said.