Italian surfers face internal power conflicts

March 29, 2011 | Surfing
Surfing in Italy: the right way is still unclear

Italian surfers are facing a national turmoil. There are currently two governing bodies working independently. The Federazione Italian Surfing (Fisurf) was founded in 1997 and is the official governing body for surfing, as recognized by the International Surfing Association (ISA).

Surfing Italia is a very popular organization in the Italian surf club scene. From the Sardegna to the Toscana region, Surfing Italia has gathered a good number of affiliated local surf clubs.

In the last two years, Fisurf and Surfing Italia have been trying to unite efforts, but it has not been easy. "After countless meetings, phone call and emails we could not get a positive result", tells the latest Surfing Italia press release.

Surfing Italia defends that clubs should be the ones who decide a future president, respecting the Italian legislation. An agreement was not possible and the entire Surfing Italia board of directors resigned.

So, in the next months, there's a lot of work to do in order to reunite surfers, surf clubs and governing bodies. The International Surfing Association is expected to contribute with ideas, proposals and guidelines.