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British Team 2019 Selected

British Surfing announce team for the 2019 ISA World Games

Six surfers will travel to Miyazaki, Japan as part of the British Surfing Team to compete in this year’s International Surfing Association (ISA) World Games in September.

The International Surfing Association (ISA) World Games are an Olympic Surfing qualifier and is attracting the world’s best surfers, including four former or current World Champions from the World Surf League (WSL).

The Great Britain National team is made up of three men and three women:

Men:

1. Jay Quinn, Wales
2. Jayce Robinson, England
3. Nathan Elms, Channel Islands

Women:

1. Peony Knight, England
2. Ellie Turner, England
3. Kitty Brewer, Channel Islands


The team was announced by the Selection Panel, which is made up of coaches from all four federations, England, Scotland, Channel Islands and Wales, following the recent British Cup.

The six athletes will now undertake training as a team in preparation for the event. They will be competing against top WSL surfers including champions Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) John John Florence (USA) Gabriel Medina (BRA) and Carissa Moore (USA) along with ISA World Surfing Games Champions Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) Jeremy Flores (FRA) and Courtney Conlogue (USA) who will be headlining the talent, representing their nations and going for Gold in Miyazaki and Olympic qualification.

Dave Cove, Chairman of British Surfing said: “We are delighted to announce our British team for this momentous Olympic qualifier which awards places for the Tokyo Olympics on a continental basis to the top finishing eligible man and woman from Asia, Africa, Europe and Oceania. The Americas qualification slots will be determined at the Lima 2019 Pan America Games in July.

“We have some fantastic British surfers and competition was tough to get in this team. We believe we have a strong team who will proudly represent British surfing on this huge stage. We wish them every success and hope they will enjoy being part of this pivotal occasion in surfing history.”

ISA President Fernando Aguirre said: “This World Surfing Games is set to be the most competitive and certainly most high profile in the history of this event We’re stoked that the world’s best surfers embrace and understand the importance of the Olympic movement.”

Arlene Maltman, British Surfing Director said: “What a fantastic era for surfing - it is going to be tough to get an Olympic spot with only 40 places in total in the whole world – but we are determined to prepare our athletes in the long term, creating a pathway to Paris in 2024 and Los Angeles in 2028 and beyond.

“The competition is going to be the highest profile ever seen and an honour for our six British athletes to be a part of.

“We are grateful for the funding from UK Sport’s new Aspirational Fund. This will not only enable our elite athletes to get the best training, but will also make surfing accessible to everyone, no matter their background. The Olympic dream will be attainable through a qualification pathway that will include individual National Championships. It seemed a remote dream to ever get surfing into the Olympics and now it is really happening.”

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