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A wave of success - Wales is officially a surf nation

The Welsh Surfing Federation is now recognised as a national body for world competitions. Credit: WSF

It's official - Wales is now a surfing nation!

After 40 years The Welsh Surfing Federation has achieved its goal to be recognised and represented as a surfing country at world level.

“Despite being the UK’s smallest nation, the Welsh are big on surf and their passion for the sport will continue to increase the status of the ISA as well as boost surfing’s status for all of Europe," said International Surf ing Association President, Fernando Aguerre.

Membership means greater opportunities for Welsh surfers to compete on the world stage and to represent their country across all wave riding disciplines.

The WSF next goals are a state of the art headquarters and a centre for surfing excellencefor surfing in Wales.

RNLI manager praises "great work" of rescuers

This weekend the RNLI Lifeguards return to work at Pembrokeshire's beaches. Ahead of a busy summer ensuring the safety of beach goers, their efforts in the rescue of two surfers last June have been praised.

It's a pleasure to recognise the great work that the RNLI team were involved in at Newgale last year. RNLI lifeguards face all kinds of scenarios on the beach, and due to the intensive training they take part in throughout the season, they've got the skills and abilities to face anything and help those in trouble on the coast.'

– Philip Davies, RNLI Lifeguard Manager

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Dramatic rescue of two surfers rewarded

Rescue rewarded: RNLI praised for their efforts Credit: PA

Pembrokeshire lifeguards are to receive a special award from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) for the rescue of two surfers last year.

The surfers - a male and female in their 20s - had climbed onto some rocks and were unable to return to shore after getting caught in a rip current.

Scott Candler, Ben Ablitt, Cameron Chancey and George Strotter will be presented with the RNLI Alison Saunders Lifeguarding Awards - named after the former RNLI Deputy Chairperson - for the 'daring' rescue carried out on Newgale beach last June.