Surfing: Olympic qualifier to be held in Jersey
ISLAND surfers will have the chance to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on home waters, following news that the 2019 British Championships will be held in St Ouen’s Bay.
With the Channel Islands Surfing Federation now a member of the International Surfing Association, officials from Jersey and Guernsey have met with fellow British Surfing nations to discuss the longevity of the national championships.
And, in what they describe as ‘a monumental move’, the annual event will be rotated between England, Scotland, Wales and Jersey from 2018.
England will host the event next summer, before Jersey follow suit in 2019 – the 60th anniversary of the Jersey Surfboard Club. Scotland and Wales will then take on the responsibility in 2020 and 2021 respectively.
A statement released by British Surfing’s governing bodies said: ‘With significant and positive developments of surfing’s governing structures occurring in recent years, it is an exciting time for all surfers of Great Britain. They all domestically have the representation they require and now can be confident in the future of the British Surfing Championships.
‘The decision comes as the organisations work in harmony to ensure British Surfing’s competitive needs are met, both on a national scale and on an international front.’