The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) was established over 30 years ago to help surfing undergo the transformation between an amateur and professional sport. The ASP has helped to ensure that surfing is taken seriously as a physically and mentally challenging sport, and has been instrumental in making sure surfing receives television coverage across the world. The ASP is also responsible for organising one of the largest and most prestigious surfing competitions in the world; the ASP World Tour.

The International Surfing Association (ISA) is an International Olympic Committee recognised organisation which acts as a governing body for surfing throughout the world. The main function of the ISA is to promote the sport of surfing by providing guidance to national governing bodies regarding all elements of the sport, including competitions and surfing schools. You can find more information about the ISA on the organisation’s website, or by contacting the ISA directly:

5580 La Jolla Blvd.
PMB 145
La Jolla
California 92037

Tel.: (858) 551-5292

The Surfing GB is the successor to The British Surfing Association (BSA) which was the governing body for surfing in Great Britain and the Channel Islands. The BSA was established in 1966 in order to support British surfers. The organisation is responsible for training surfing coaches and providing support to British surfing schools.

More information about Surfing GB can be found on the organisation’s website. Alternatively, they can be contacted on + 44 (0)1637 876474.

The European Surfing Federation (ESF) exists to support European surfers. The ESF can be contacted for information about suitable surfing locations, learning to surf and European competitions. For more information, you can contact the European Surfing Federation directly:

International Surfing Centre
Fistral Beach
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1637 876 474

The Welsh Surfing Federation (WSF) is recognised by the British Surfing Association and the European Surfing Federation. The WSF is responsible for supporting surfers in Wales and selecting competitors to represent Wales in international events. The WSF also organises the Welsh National Surfing Championships, which usually take place in May.

The Irish Surfing Association (ISA) supports surfers in Ireland and is responsible for picking surfers to represent Ireland in international events. The ISA website is very informative, but additional enquiries can be addressed to staff using the website’s query form or by telephone or post:

Easky Surf and Information Centre
Co. Sligo

Tel.: +353 (0)964 49428