The British longboard team are off to the ISA World Surfing Champs and are aiming to raise £10,000 to cover the trip. Currently there is no funding available for the sport of surfing and they aim to have some money left towards training the next generation of British surfers.
Ben “skindog” Skinner and Adam Griffiths have been selected to surf for SurfingGB in the first ever ISA World Longboarding Games in Peru.
The two best Juniors, Ben Bates (17), Raife Gaskell (17) and Britain’s number one female Claire Smail have also been selected through the rankings of the British Longboard Union events after guidance from SurfingGB and the ISA.
They will head out to Huachao beach in Peru to compete against the best longboarders from around the world in the surfing equivalent of the Olympic games on the hunt for Britain’s first ever world Gold medalist in the ISA but have no funding....
That is where we need your help!
The world longboard championships have no prize purse, the team no sponsorship so we are turning to you, the British surfing community and sports fans to ask for support. It costs around £2000 per competitor to take part in these champs so we are asking for your help to raise part of that cost.
As a token of our appreciation for your support we have some fantastic rewards for you, supplied by ourselves and some generous friends. Including, a weekend in a campervan, surfing sessions with the team, boards, limited edition T-shirts or a very special invitation to our post champs party!
We hope you will join our team and take part in the 2013 ISA World Longboarding Championships by supporting our crowdfunder campaign.
The ISA World Longboarding Championships 2013 - take a look at the trailer. . .
Meet the Team
Ben Skinner, AKA “Skindog” has been surfing since the age of 3.
10 x European Longboard Champion, Multiple British and English Champion. Previous winner silver and bronze in the world ISA Games.
11th ASP WLT 2011.
He is now hunting for a World title... With his sheer determination and passion for the sport... We are sure he will succeed!
Adam Griffiths is a top surfer with titles including English Championships and 2nd in Europe. 13th in the ASP WLT 2012.
Adam and Ben are great friends and rivals continually pushing each other in competitions both nationally and internationally.
Winner of the 2012 British Woman's Longboarding Title, Claire will be representing team GB in the first ever women's division at the ISA World Longboarding Champs.
Claire burst on to the UK Longboarding scene in 2011 and has proved dominant ever since winning several contests.
With Britain's under 16 and under 18 Longboarding titles to his name, the world championships are a great opportunity for Ben to surf against the world's finest junior longboarders.
Ben will be representing team GB in the open under 18's Longboard divison.
Raife Gaskell is one of Britain's rising surf stars, with a long list of titles already under his belt, including; 6th ETL Men's European Longboard Tour 2012, 1st British Longboard U18 & Men's BLU Open Finalist Saunton 2013, 2nd British Longboard U16 2012; 2nd Quiksilver Welsh Nationals Longboard U18 & Open Finalist 2013, 13th ASP 3 star Mens World Longboard, Boardmasters 2011. He's also a RNLI Lifeguard & National Trust Surf Ambassador working to promote our coastlines.
Selected team manager and founder of the British Longboard Union, Robert “Minnow” Green said "This is a major opportunity for British surfing and I am proud and honoured to have been chosen by the team as manager. I can not wait to support them all the way. Unfortunately although we are a National team we have to fund ourselves to travel and compete in Peru for Britain”
"We have a very good chance of making a podium finish in all divisions and putting SurfingGB as a team on the podium for the first time ever".
Level three ISA Judge
Judge on ETL, BLU, SGB, WSF ,
Worked on BLU tour for 15/16 yrs.
Worked on the european longboard tour for last three years .
President of hotdoggers longboard surf club and one of the longest serving members of the club 18 years.