A Scotland team needs you help to get to Peru to participate for the first time at the International Surfing Association World Games in Punta Rocas next month. This year will be the 50th anniversary of the International Surfing Association (ISA) World Games and will be the first time that a Scotland team has had representation at such a level. The last time Scotland participated at an international level was at the EuroSurf competition in the early 1990s.The Scottish Surfing Federation will be sending a 6 person team to compete in the games which take place from the 24th of October until the 1st of November.
The team will be made up of 6 surfers - two ladies and four men and the team was selected at the Scottish National Surfing Championships in Thurso in March.
The surfers who will make the trip to Peru to fly the flag for Scotland:· Jennifer Wood (Elgin),· Phoebe Strachan (Edinburgh),· Mark Cameron (Fraserburgh),· Mark Boyd (Thurso),· Iain Masson (Fraserburgh)· Andrew Robertson (St Andrews)
Current Scottish Champion Chris Noble (Thurso) was unable to make the event due to work commitments but has wished his fellow team mates all the best: "its really fantastic that Scotland will be represented at the World Games for the first time and this will be a great opportunity for the generations to come, I hope the team really enjoy the experience and do well competing."
ISA competitions attract the worlds best surfers and past winners have included ASP World Champions Sofia Mulanovich (Peru), Sunny Garcia (Hawaii) and Tom Curren (USA). The reigning ISA World Games mens champion is Shaun Joubert of South Africa who will be returning as part of the South Africa team to defend his title.
The Scottish Surfing Federation has been in existence for over 40 years and host the annual Scottish National Surfing Championships.
Since 2012 the president of the SSF has been William Watson of Fraserburgh: “We’ve seen the sport go from strength to strength in recent years and as such we recognized the need to strengthen our core organization so we can truly represent Scotland’s Surfers and manage every aspect of the sport efficiently. It’s been a timely process but one that has allowed us to cast a solid foundation on which we can develop the sport. The help we’ve had along the way from SportScotland has been tremendous and as such after achieving formal Governing Body recognition earlier this summer we’ve now been able to work with the European Surfing Federation and the International Surfing Association to bring the sport to a new level. Being able to give Scotland’s surfers the opportunity to compete at such an event is an outstanding first step, it’ll be an exciting and busy time ahead in the preparation phase and we look forward to sourcing and working with credible team sponsors. The team we have consists not only of Scotlands elite surfers but they’re whom I would consider some of the best ambassadors we could ask for on our World Games debut - I know they’ll do us all, the sport and Scotland proud.”
The team are seeking your backing to have this amazing opportunity to represent Scotland on the World Surfing stage.
More information about The SSF and the Scottish Team and their progress in Peru can be found at http://www.thessf.com or on the 'Scottish Surfing Federation' Facebook group.