To help support our athletes represent Scotland at the ISA World Surfing Games in Nicaragua on the 31st of May 2015.
The Scottish Surfing Federation hope to send a Scotland team to the ISA World Surfing Games in Nicaragua from the 31st of May - 07th of June 2015.
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, Scotland on Easter Weekend.
The surfers who will make the trip to Nicaragua to fly the flag for Scotland:· Shoana Blackadder (Thurso),· Megan McKay (MacDuff),· Scotty Main (Thurso),· Mark Boyd (Thurso),· Ali Matheson (Carrbridge)· Allyn Harper (Sandend)
Ali Matheson at the Scottish Surfing Championships carves his way to a spot in the National Team (photo Karen Munro)
Mark Boyd trains in the heavy waves near Thurso in Scotland
Shoana Blackadder on her way to winning the Scottish National Ladies Title (photo Karen Munro)
The Scottish Surfing Federation 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.
ISA competitions attract the worlds best surfers and past winners have included ASP World Champions Sofia Mulanovich (Peru), Sunny Garcia (Hawaii), Tom Curren (USA), Jordy Smith (ZAF), Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) and current ASP World Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA). The reigning ISA World Games mens champion is Leandro Usuna of Argentina.
At the moment our athletes will have to travel to Nicaragua self funded and it is extremely expensive to make the trip and cover all costs to fill Scotland's place on the world 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 £16,000 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.
Scotland placed 16th at the 2014 ISA World Surfing Games in Peru so the team are hoping to capitalize on Scotland's higher seed this year and continue to improve their world ranking.
Phoebe Strachan competed at the 2014 ISA World Surfing Games in Peru
Megan McKay (17) of MacDuff has been called up to the squad to replace Phoebe Strachan of Dunbar who is out with injury
So please get behind Team Scotland and pledge to our Crowdfunder for one of the fantastic rewards that are available!
More information on the Scotland National Surfing Team can be found on the Scottish Surfing Federation website (http://www.thessf.com) and Facebook Group 'Scottish Surfing Federation'.
Here is a sneak preview at the Official SSF / Staunch gear for the national team: