If you care about surfing in the UK, here are a three top tips:
1. Join Surfing GB. Surfing GB is heading for formal National Governing Body status and even in its interim stage is, in effect, UK surfing's governing body. It's had its fair share of problems over the years but an incredible amount of hard work by a dedicated group of people now sees Surfing GB revamped and doing a great job. There are membership benefits to joining but you'll also be making a small but vital contribution to Surfing GB's funding and continued survival.
2. Vote for SAS in its battle to secure funding from EOCA. SAS needs no introduction and is hugely respected by surfers and non-surfers alike for its sterling work. Every vote counts and it only takes a minute or two, so click this link and cast one for the St Agnes based campaign group.
3. Check out the Museum of British Surfing when it opens its doors on April 6 (Good Friday). The Museum is at The Yard, Caen Street, Braunton, North Devon EX33 1AA. That it exists is down to one man's incredible perseverance and passion - step forward, Pete Robinson, the Museum's director and a former award-winning ITV News reporter. Its inaugural exhibition is ‘The Art of Surf’, a display of 200 years of art in surfing from the sketches of early explorers through to works by contemporary British surfing artists. Among the modern artists featured will be Conrad Shawcross, Ben Cook, Mark Haywood, Al Lindsay and Maria Rivans. I'm stoked to see that Pete's years of hard work have paid off, and will make my way to the Museum as soon as I can, not least because I'd like to find out more about the suggestion that Agatha Christie was a keen surfer back in 1922. Perhaps it's even a fact? Pete, and the Museum, will know.
Image courtesy of the Museum of British Surfing.