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Austrian Surfing: structure and history

Austrian Surfing is based in Innsbruck and operates at an international level. AS integrates all clubs and associations that wish to foster and perform the sport of surfing as defined by the ISA. The ISA (International Surfing Association), the ESF (European Surfing Federation) and the BSO (Austrian Sports Organization) recognize Austrian Surfing as the official Austrian Surfing Association and ambassador for surfing in Austria. The association represents the interests of its associated clubs in international surf organizations and acts as a platform for surfers.

Austrian Surfing‘s mission is to further develop surfing as an activity closely linked to nature and the environment.

Members of Austrian Surfing

  • Austrian Surfing 1 - the 1st Austrian Surfing Club
  • ASF - Austrian Stand Up Paddling Federation
  • ARA - Austrian Riversurfing Association

With regard to membership, this means that:

  • Surf Clubs become members of Austrian Surfing
  • SUP-Clubs become members of the ASF
  • Riversurfing / Standing wave Clubs become members of the ARA
  • Individual persons become members of a Club

Informations about membership and become a member


The Austrian Surfing Federation was founded in Graz in1997. It aimed at giving Austrian surfers the opportunity to compete in national and international amateur competitions. From 1997 to 2003, seven Austrian Championships were carried out and the best surfers had the chance to represent their country in two European Surfing Championships as well as two World Surfing Games.

Despite the ASF team’s efforts, however, Austrian Championships could not be organized in 2004 and 2005. Thereupon, the association was put on hold.

A new era of Austrian surfing began at the end of 2005 as a new crew of surfers sought to build upon earlier achievements as well as realize their own ideas and concepts, thus creating a new individual nature of Austrian surfing. To begin with, the association’s name was changed to Austrian Surfing (AS), its base was moved to Innsbruck, a new homepage was launched and a new and comprehensive concept was designed in 2006. In June 2007 a new round of Austrian Championships were held (in France) while, at the same time, the first Surf Instructor Level 1 course was taking place.

Ever since, the Austrian Championships have been held once a year. Meanwhile, the Surf Instructor courses (incl. ISA accreditation) have evolved and are now considered to be among the best in the world – since 2010, we are training around 100 surfers per year to become surf instructors!

With THE AS GREEN ROOM, we integrated an aspect into our work that is to remind us of our responsibility for the environment – at AS, sustainability is not just a catch phrase, it is an integral part of our philosophy and made us the most sustainably acting surfing association in the world.

We are looking forward to witnessing the future developments in Austrian Surfing!

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