The newly formed Surfing Federation of Sri Lanka is moving forward with development plans and programs that will benefit all Sri Lanka’s many local surfers and visitors alike. This has all been done with the positive backing of the National Olympic Committee, the Life Saving Association of Sri Lanka, and the International Surfing Association.
The Federation’s formation received enthusiastic responses from those existing clubs like Arugam Bay Surf Club and Madhia Surf Club and others to join and to have members on the Executive. The existence of the Federation has in turn brought about the forming of new clubs like Ahangama Surf Club.
Over a period of only a few months, a series have meetings have taken place with the attendance of 10 clubs and the active involvement of club members on the Executive of the S.F.S.L and plans are being set for regional and national competitions and selections.
In the coming months coaching seminars will be taking place both on the South Coast at Kabalana and on the East Coast at Arugam Bay. These seminars and workshops will give clubs the tools to help their surfer’s progress not only in technique but in the understanding competition rules and judging.
The ISA program of Surf Safety Days will continue but now hand in hand with Surfing Federation of Sri Lanka and the Life Saving Association of Sri Lanka giving the chance to club members, surfing instructors and local surfers alike to understand basic rescue techniques, CPR and casualty care.
There’s a bright future ahead for Sri Lankan surfing and positive involvement from all sides. For further information please contact Vice President and International PR / Media Officer Lalaka Palliyaguru.