NSSA No Longer A Member Of Surfing America

San Juan Capistrano, Calif. – February 27, 2008 – Surfing America, the national govering body for surfing in the USA, announced today that its Board of Directors has acknowledged NSSA’s election not to renew its membership in 2008.

Rather than comply with new membership requirements for member organizations established by the Board of Directors of Surfing America, the Board of Directors of the National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) has elected not to renew its membership in Surfing America for 2008.  Janice Aragon, Executive Director of NSSA, advised Surfing America in November, 2007 that the NSSA would not support the membership organization requirements approved by the Board of Directors of Surfing America at its meeting held October 21, 2007.

The new membership requirements cover such issues as individual members’ membership in Surfing America, use of certified judges at Championship events, adoption of official USA Championship Divisions, cross promotion requirements and participation in each organization’s Board of Directors.  All other member organizations agreed to comply and/or demonstrated their good faith efforts to comply by the February 21, 2008 deadline.

At its February 26, 2008 meeting, the Board of Directors of Surfing America acknowledged the NSSA’s election not to renew its membership for 2008.    The Board also acknowledged that having the full support of its member organizations is imperative to the success of Surfing America, and it had become clear that the NSSA could no longer provide such support.

About Surfing America, Inc.
Surfing America is the ISA-recognized National Governing Body for Surfing in the United States. The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World Governing Authority for Surfing, Bodyboarding, and Surfriding  

Surfing America is the IRS recognized 501(c) 3 charitable organization responsible for selecting and fielding the official USA Surf Team. All donations made to Surfing America are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the law. Donation checks should be made payable to: Surfing America, 33157 Camino Capistrano Suite B San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675. End of year tax receipts are sent to every individual donor of more than $250. For donations under $250, a cancelled check or credit card statement is sufficient evidence for IRS purposes. Surfing America will send a tax receipt to any donor who requests one.

Surfing America Mission Statement
The Mission of Surfing America is to promote the growth, competitive success, and positive image of surfing in the USA and to provide the best possible experience for all participants by encouraging, developing, advancing, and administrating the sport–while producing champions.

Surfing America Recognized Organizations

About the ESA
The Eastern Surfing Association (ESA), the largest amateur surfing association in the world established in 1967, is 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization, dedicated to promote and preserve the spirit of surfing through their regional programs and 26 district on the East Coast, Gulf Coast, Great Lakes and Puerto Rico.  For more information about the ESA, please visit SurfESA.org

The 2008 Championship Surfing Season is proudly sponsored by the ESA National Sponsors: Analog, Transworld SURF, SoBe, Few-New Zealand, Spy, Seasoned Surfboards, Fortress, FCS, Sharkinetics, Surfco Hawaii, Chums and Liquid Vision.

About HASA
Formed in the early 60’s as the “Hawaii Surfing Association”, the original grouping of amateur and professional surfers from throughout the island state was organized under this HAS banner for competition and recognition by the other worldwide associations. The structure of the HSA was to promote sport and surfing contests at different locaales.  We produce 11 amateur surfing competitions on Oahu every year. Our associate organizations produce five amateur surfing events a year on each of the following neighbor islands: Hawaii, Maui and Kauai. We sponsor the majority of the amateur surfing competitions in the state of Hawaii. Our events feature shortboarding, longboarding, bodyboarding and kneeboarding.

About TGSA
Texas Gulf Surfing Association (TGSA) is a member of Surfing America as well as the  South Texas AAU and Gulf AAU. Competitors in TGSA may qualify for the Texas State Surfing Championships, which is a regional qualifying event for the SIMA Surfing America USA Championships and the USA Team Trials.  The USA Team Trials determines the official USA Surf Team for international competition.

About WSA
The Western Surfing Association (WSA) is the oldest amateur surfing association in the world. The WSA, established in 1959, is a California non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting and preserving the sport of surfing through fun, family oriented surf competitions. For more information on the WSA, please visit SurfWSA.org. WSA is the official West Coast member organization of Surfing America.  WSA members can earn entry in the Surfing America US Championships and Team Trials.