To help support our athletes represent Scotland at the ESF European Surfing Championships (EuroSurf) in Morocco on the 12th of Sept 2015
The Scottish Surfing Federation (SSF) hope to send a Scotland team to the ESF European Surfing Championships (EuroSurf) 2015 which begins on the 12th of September and finishes on the 20th of September 2015.
The team will be made up of 7 surfers who will surf in various categories - the team was selected at the Scottish National Surfing Championships in Thurso, Scotland on Easter Weekend.
The surfers who will make the trip to Morocco to fly the flag for Scotland:
OPEN· Andrew Robertson (St Andrews),· Mark Boyd (Thurso),· Chris Clarke (Dunnet),· Donald Peace (Lossiemouth)
LADIES· Shoana Blackadder (Thurso),· Phoebe Strachan (Dunbar)
BODYBOARD· Max Ferguson-Hook (Dunbar),· Phoebe Strachan (Dunbar)
LONGBOARD· Chris Clarke (Dunnet)
The SSF will also be sending two judges as required by the SSF and a videographer/media rep:
JUDGES· Juvenal Dufaur· Phil Adshead
VIDEOGRAPHER/MEDIA REP· Malcolm Anderson
Three out of the seven Scotland EuroSurf team members from left to right; Chris Clarke, Shoana Blackadder and Mark Boyd (Photo: Mike Guest)
Andrew Robertson - Scottish Junior Champion in action at Thurso-East (Photo David Beedie)
Shoana Blackadder (Thurso), competing for Scotland at the ISA World Games in Nicaragua (Photo ISA)
Chris Clarke - Scottish Longboard Champion striking a pose for the camera (Photo Niall Manson)
Mark Boyd - practicing on Thurso's winter waves (Photo Mal Anderson)
Bodyboarder Max Ferguson-Hook of Dunbar at the Scottish National Surfing Championships
The Scottish Surfing Federation (Caidreachas Surfadh na h-Alba) are the governing body for the sport of surfing in Scotland and have been in existence for over 40 years. The Scottish National Surfing Championships is hosted by the SSF and acts as selection for the international Scottish teams. The SSF are a registered charity in Scotland (SC045821).
The ESF is the governing body for the sport in Europe. EuroSurf which is the European Surfing Championships attracts some of the worlds best surfers including 2013 champion Vincent Duvignac (FRA) and reigning longboard champion Ben Skinner (ENG).
Phoebe Strachan at the Scottish Championships
At the moment our athletes will have to travel to Morocco self funded and it is extremely expensive to make the trip and cover all costs to fill Scotland's place on the European stage. Costs include air fares, surfboard charges, transportation, accomodation, membership fees and entry fees. The trip for the entire team may cost in excess of £14,000 but our surfers are so passionate about representing their country they will do their best to attend, but we need to raise as much money as possible to help subsidise the trip.
This will be the first time since the early 90's that a Scotland team has participated at the European Surfing Championships. However the team have made it to the ISA World Surfing Games for the last two years (pictured below) and the SSF intend to increase the amount of Scottish teams present at all international surfing comptitions in all categories of surfing. In 2014 the SSF sent a team to the ISA World Games 50th anniversary in Peru where Mark Boyd (SCO) made it through to round 2 of the main event, helping Scotland to a 16th overall place finish - one of the biggest success stories in Scottish surfing. More recently Scotland competed in another ISA World Games in 2015 this time in Nicaragua. The team hope to take this experience to the European stage in September and do Scotland proud.
The Scottish Surfing Team at the 2015 ISA World Games Opening Ceremony in their Staunch uniforms
For the team's last two international campaigns Staunch Industries, one of Scotland's only surf clothing brands have supported the team. This has included designing and making the Scotland team uniforms as shown in the images above and below. Supporters uniforms are available as Crowdfunder rewards on your left along with a range of other goodies which you can pledge on and help the team on their way to EuroSurf.
Mark Boyd (SCO) modelling the 2015 Staunch Industries / SSF Scotland Team Kit (Photo: Mike Guest)
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