English Surfing Federation: founded in 2017 | Photo: Surfing GB

Surfing Great Britain (SGB) and the English Surfing Federation (ESF) have announced plans to merge both organizations.

The new unified national governing body for the sport of surfing in England will be named English Surfing Federation. The decision has been coordinated with the International Surfing Association (ISA) and Sport England.

The English Surfing Federation will be fully operational by March 2017 but, until then, there will be no disruption to service.

"The timing of this merger comes at a key moment for surfing in England with consistent growth of our beloved sport and even the potential for Olympic inclusion on the horizon," notes Andy Sturt, chairman of ESF.

"This change will mean that English surfers have a voice at the highest level. We would like to thank our Welsh, Scottish and Channel Islands members for their support as we are confident that they will receive great service from their home nation federations going forward," adds Bruce Daniel, chair of SGB.

The English National Surfing Championships started in 1972, while Surfing Great Britain was founded in 2010.