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Surfers demand new leadership of the sport

Ben Skinner

Criticism of the way the sport is being run has resulted in the British Surfing Association promising elections to form a new executive committee.

The move was forced through following an emergency meeting on 1 May, held to discuss the future of the sport.

All members of the BSA will have the chance to stand for election.

BSA acting chairman Kevin Cook told BBC Cornwall: "We want to make sure all of the different aspects of surfing are properly represented."

The proposed change has been greeted with approval by those members who feel there has been a breakdown in communication between themselves and those in charge.

"We hope we'll be able to have a new executive and they will then be able to set up the other bits and pieces like a new general committee," added Cook.

Newquay-based surfer Ben Skinner said many members had lost "all faith" in the governing body, and passion for its role within the sport was at an all time low.

Skinner told BBC Cornwall: "People were almost washing their hands with it which is a shame, but I think what we really need is change.

"It's really important that this is happening, and I'm positive about it.

"It was a shambles, but I think people are starting to see light at the end of the tunnel.

The election for a new executive committee is expected to take place at the beginning of July.

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