British surfing: they're building a solid squad for Tokyo 2020 | Photo: Surfing England

The United Kingdom is actively investing in the development of a surfing squad for the Olympics.

The government agency responsible for investing in Olympic and Paralympic sport in the British Islands decided that the new Tokyo 2020 sports - surfing, skateboarding, and softball - will receive a total of 538,682 dollars (421,829 pounds).

UK Sport' Aspiration Fund will channel $3.8 million (3 million pounds) to 14 Olympic and Paralympic sports to support their qualifying ambitions for the Olympics. Surfing is one of them.

The Aspiration Fund awarded $220,000 (192,500 pounds) to the four-party coalition formed by Surfing England, the Welsh Surfing Federation, the Scottish Surfing Federation, and the Channel Islands Surfing Federation.

The four governing bodies will work together under the newly formed British Surfing Union of Recognised Federations (BSurf).

The unified organization will have to design an effective strategy and development plan to create a competitive British Surfing Team for the upcoming 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.

Martin Potter and Russell Winter remain the only British surfers to compete on the Championship Tour. Potter, born in Blyth, England, won the ASP World Tour in 1989, and Winter competed in the elite of surfing in 1999, 2001, and 2002.