As reported on Transworld business by Kailee Bradstreet
Surfing America – the recognized national governing body for the sport in the US – announced Wednesday, March 12, at a press conference that the National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) is no longer a member of its organization, making athletes who only compete in NSSA events ineligible for the USA Championships in 2009 and the USA Surf Team effective for the 2008-09 season after this August.
Because NSSA pulled out of membership responsibilities half way through the 2007-08 season, it’s athletes will still be allowed to compete in the USA Championship event this year, on an invitational basis only, according to Mike Gerard, Surfing America executive director, and Scott Daley, the organization’s president, who both spoke at the Surfing Heritage Foundation conference.
“Yes, the NSSA left, but this is not a bashing session,” Gerard said. “We want to discuss how to further expand the program and have more success. We’re in the process of raising the bar.”