Surfing South Africa is the recognized governing body for the sport of surfing in South Africa and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) which controls all sport in South Africa.
Surfing South Africa is also a member of the African Surfing Confederation (ASC) and the World’s governing body for the sport, the International Surfing Association (ISA).
SSA is responsible and accountable for all aspects of surfing in South Africa, from entry-level participation to the management of the junior SA Surf Tour (SAST).
SSA works in partnership with the World Surf League (WSL) and sanctions all WSL events held in South Africa.
Provincial bodies, Western Province Surfriding, Eastern Cape Surfriding and KZN Surfriding are affiliated directly to SSA. These Provincial bodies are made up of Districts. The disciplines of Longboarding, Bodyboarding, and Stand Up Paddle Boarding fall under Surfing South Africa’s control as does Adaptive Surfing and USSA Surfing (Students Surfing).
SSA is also responsible for the development of Club and School surfing throughout South Africa and the accreditation of Coaches, Technical officials and Surf Schools.
SSA caters for boys and girls at all levels and every ability from as young as under eight years of age to over 65 years of age. Surfing South Africa is also responsible for the selection of all recognized National Teams, the presenting of National tournaments as well as the arranging and holding of administrative, coaching and adjudication courses.
In addition, Surfing South Africa is responsible and accountable for the transformation and development of the sport of surfing. Surfing South Africa is an autonomous, democratically run sports organization, which is governed by its Constitution. It is bound by the policies and criteria laid down by the National Department of Sport and Recreation and the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee which is the statutory arm of the Ministry of Sport.
Policies such as those on transformation and development, the national teams selection process, approval of national team colours, constitutionality, international acceptance and good governance are among the criteria expected to be adhered to by those sporting bodies which are recognized by the Minister and his Department.
Surfing South Africa is a founding member of the African Surfing Confederation and the International Surfing Association.