Surfing England: the national governing body (NGB) for the sport of surfing in Britain | Photo: Irastorza/ISA

Surfing England has been recognized as the national governing body (NGB) for the sport of surfing.

The official announcement was made by Sport England, the country's sports authority, and it opens a new chapter in the development of surfing in Britain.

The governmental decision puts an end to a difficult seven-year ordeal that halted the expansion and growth of surfing in a country with splendid surf spots and enthusiastic participants.

"As a recognized 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," underlines Phil Smith, director at Sport England.

Recreational, amateur and pro surfers, as well as surf coaches, surf instructors, and surf club leaders now hope that Surfing England may improve facilities, increase volunteering, and boost the number of events held in the nation.

The national governing body for the sport of surfing in England is now eligible for sports funding and will build a surf team for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The International Surfing Association (ISA) submitted a declaration of intent to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) for the inclusion of adaptive surfing on the 2024 Summer Paralympics program.

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