Support Team GB at the 2013 ISA World Longboard Championships

by british-longboard-union in Newquay

We did it
On 30th September 2013 we successfully raised £5,625 with 125 supporters in 28 days

Our aim is simple to raise £10,000 to help team GB fund their trip to the 2013 ISA World Longboard Championships taking place in Peru.

by british-longboard-union in Newquay

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!

Thanks to the generous support of the Crownwall Camper Company,  Ion Cameras, Indo Board, Koru Kayaks and Chops Lascelles from Beat Beat surfboards for their great rewards.

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

Ben Skinner

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

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. 



Claire Smail

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.



Ben Bates

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

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.


Minnow Green

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".

Norman Wright

Level three ISA JudgeJudge 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.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

You are a vital part of the team. We will send you a Team GB Longboarders car sticker and keep you up to date with our progress at the comp.

£15 or more

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£15 Reward

Join the team when they get back from Peru at a very special after party with live music from some very special guests.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

Limited edition British Longboard Team T-shirts only available to team members like yourselves who have made this possible.

£30 or more

£30 Reward

Want to be the next surfer to represent team GB, or just want to try your hand at this amazing sport? Enjoy a surfing lesson to get you started.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Limited edition hoodies, especially made for you - our crowdfunders.

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Enjoy a treatment from Ben Skinner's sports massage therapist - Pure Vitality. Cherilyn have been 'fixing' Ben and getting him ready for competitions for the last 2 years! (Cornwall only). Pure Vitality will also throw in an exclusive set of Spiezia 100% organic balms (RRP £21.95) to help you look after yourself before, during and after excercise - all hand made in Cornwall.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Join the team for a day of longboarding, with mens and womens sessions to hone your skills and techniques - who knows you maybe learning with the new World champ!

£150 or more

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£150 Reward

Grab the complete Indo board package - the ultimate equipment for balance and fitness. Here is Ben showing you how it is done:

£200 or more

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£200 Reward

Signed Chelsa FC football shirt from 2010 when Chelsea won the double. Want to have a look? Check out the project updates to see pictures

£250 or more

£250 Reward

This is an exclusive surf session for you and up to 7 mates with one of the team - for a day you will never forget.

£300 or more

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£300 Reward

Take part in a guided Kayak adventure with Koru Kayaks for up to 6 people at either St Agnes or the South Coast. After a day of adventure enjoy a meal at the Driftwood Spars Pub in St Agnes.

£500 or more

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£500 Reward

The sawn off cocked and loaded, This sharp little design takes it heritage from “The Classic” but has far more attitude. A long board shape with the middle cut out makes for a far more maneuverable board. Gets you through the slop on a bad day and gets you on the nose when it’s good. Checkout the project updates to have a look.

£800 or more

£800 Reward

Ben Skinner will shape your very own custom surfboard to his exacting competition spec - brand new construction with lightweight foam and a palonia wood stringer. The best feeling boards to date !

£150 or more

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£150 Reward

Unique artwork kindly donated by Cornish Artist Andy Pearce- original acrylic on paper - check out the 'project updates' to see this amazing piece.

£250 or more

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£250 Reward

Signed Guitar from Musician and Team GB supporter James Morrison - check out the image in the project updates.

£500 or more

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£500 Reward

Fancy a weekend for two in a beautifully restored camper van, supplied by the Cornwall Camper Company? Available weekends outside of high season... Take a look around their vans: and your'll also get an iON Air Pro Camera so that you can capture all of the fun

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