Surfing Australia is a not for profit incorporated National Sporting Organisation that was formed in 1963 to establish, guide and promote the development of surfing in Australia. Surfing Australia is the representative body on the International Surfing Association (ISA) of which there are 56 member countries and is recognised by the Australian Sports Commission, the Australian Olympic Committee and is a member of the Water Safety Council of Australia.
Surfing underpins an important part of the Australian coastal fabric. It forms part of a lifestyle in which millions participate and many millions more have a documented interest.
Surfing Australia was formed in a time when surfing was not a popular past-time and in an era when there was no such thing as a surfing industry or funding to support it. Surfing Australia established a far more strategic approach towards the development of the sport. The framework and structure created has enabled surfing to grow both as a sport and as a lifestyle pursuit.
The purpose of Surfing Australia is to create a healthier and happier Australia through experiencing the joy of surfing for life.
Surfing Australia, in conjunction with state associations, recognise club surfing as the grass roots of Australian surfing. Club competitions teach the skills required to pursue a competitive career, and introduce surfers to the benefits of the support and friendship offered by club membership.
The Surfing Australia boardriders club system, supported by the Australian Sports Commission, is the most advanced in the surfing world and is a vital link in the sport development pathway. We are committed to working with the states and the clubs to ensure that the sport of surfing continues to go from strength to strength and maintains its status as a truly iconic Australian pastime.