The Best of Competitive British Surfing


In 2016, the IOC made an exciting announcement: shortboard surfing was to become an Olympic event, making its highly anticipated debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Hot on the heels of this announcement, the Surfing Federations of England, Scotland, Wales, and the Channel Islands joined forces to form British Surfing in order to ensure GB teams could be entered in ISA Olympic qualifying events.

Fast forward to July 2023, and British Surfing changed its name to GB Surfing, to better represent the organisation’s Olympic aspirations.


Select and manage any Great Britain surfing team competing in ISA and/or Olympic qualifying linked events.

Although GB Surfing has taken charge of elite surfing in the UK, the individual Home Nations will continue to manage other elements of the sport across their country, whether that’s by fostering grassroots participation in the sport or hosting a range of local competitions.


We aim to develop world-class athletes capable of winning Olympic medals by Brisbane 2032.

To do this we will build a sustainable progression programme to ensure systematic development of high-performance surfers representing the UK and enhance the existing Home Nations framework.

Olympic Journey

Our Olympic journey started in October 2023 with the announcement of the first Progression Squad. This squad will be made up of potential Olympic competitors and medalists in LA 2028 and Brisbane 2032.

Our funding is not based on immediate Olympic success, but rather on our ability to hit key development milestones ahead of Brisbane 2032.