A new study by the International Institute for Sport and Exercise (IISE) has revealed that surfing is on its way back into the spotlight.
According to the IISE, surfing has enjoyed a surge in popularity since the late 1970s.
In the past five years, the number of surfers in the UK has grown by nearly 50 per cent, from about 30,000 to more than 55,000.
While there is some debate about whether or not surfing is returning to its glory days, the IISE says surfing is now a “real, sustained and widespread sport”, with a number of organisations in the country working together to promote the sport.
“We think that surfers have enjoyed a renaissance over the last five years in many ways, with more people wanting to experience it and more organisations supporting it,” said Dr Tim Wilson, the co-founder of the IISSE and director of its research division.
“And so we think it is very important that surfing continues to be enjoyed by people all across the UK.”
But there is a lot of work to do.
“Wilson added that the number and diversity of organisations working to promote surfing in the north of England is increasing, with Surf Scotland and the South Coast Surfers Association, as well as the North Coast Surf Association, working together.”
What we’ve seen is an increase in participation in local groups, a greater focus on surf training and a recognition that surfing has become a great sport in many places, particularly in the North,” he said.”
In other parts of the country, there are more organisations working together, which has also been positive.
“Surfing is now part of the fabric of many communities and we’ve got a lot more surfers than ever before.”
The rise in popularity is in stark contrast to a trend that was witnessed in the 1970s, when the sport was only popular in the south of England and the North West.
“It’s an old story, which I think has changed a lot,” Wilson said.
“Back then, the North was in decline.
But by the 1980s, the surfers had come to the south coast, and there was a boom in surf training in the town of Bexley, where it’s now.””
It was the heartland of the British Isles and a lot went on there.
But by the 1980s, the surfers had come to the south coast, and there was a boom in surf training in the town of Bexley, where it’s now.”
So the surf industry has really been on the front foot since then.
“That is something we’ve had to deal with over the past decade or so, and we think there is really something to be proud of, and it’s something that we are looking forward to continuing to do.”
There is a sense that the surfing industry has taken off and there is lots more to come.
“Wilson said there is also a sense of community, particularly among young people, who are excited about the prospect of surfing again in the South.”
They have really enjoyed it,” he added.”
The North is so much more than a coastal town, so it’s quite an exciting time for people.
“I think people are really looking forward and they are really excited about what’s going on in the surf world, which is fantastic.”
A lot of people in the surfing world are very passionate about the sport and I think that’s a great thing, and hopefully we’ll see that continue to be the case for a while.
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The IsoSebastian-led surfing industry, which was started in the late 1980s and which now employs more than 40 people, has seen the popularity of the sport skyrocket over the years.”
People have always been interested in surfing, but this is really about how the sport is changing, not just in England but all over the world,” said IISSe Director of Sport Tim Wilson.”
When you look at the numbers, the numbers of surf trips in England have increased by more than 100 per cent over the decade.
“For example, the national figure for the period was in 2002, which meant that there were 6 million trips in the last seven years.
And we’re now at 6.5 million trips.”
These numbers are growing every year.
We’ve had huge waves in the past, and now we’re getting bigger waves in 2017 and 2018.
“Of course, that is a huge jump from the number we had a decade ago, but there is more growth, and the surf is still the biggest sport in the world.”
You have to look at surfing in terms of its ability to grow, and how it’s evolving as a sport, and what is happening in the sport at the moment.
“This is what people are looking for.”
The ISOESebastia surf training camp was founded in 2003 to promote local training.