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Surfing's popularity in the UK has gradually increased since its introduction in the 1960s. It involves riding the waves on a specially-designed surfboard. These days, most beaches will be surfed when there is a decent wave to be caught and can be a perfect place for a beginner to learn.

Surfing is an activity which can be suited to all ages and abilities. The use of different sized boards means that even a complete novice can get the thrill of riding a wave pretty quickly. Standing up and making fast manoeuvres takes practice.

There are many variations which can be done in a range of locations, not only on those at the coast but also in some swimming pools and artificial environments.

It can be a demanding sport and you should be reasonably fit and a competent swimmer. This activity can develop co-ordination skills and self-confidence.

How to run/provide surfing

There are 2 ways of running Surfing in Scouting. These are:

  1. Scout-led activity - running surfing yourself or using someone else in Scouting

  2. Externally-led activity - running surfing using an external provider

Useful links

The National Governing Body for surfing is:

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