The Members are the surf kayakers who pay a subscription fee at each World Championships.
The Country Representatives are the channel of communication between their nations’ surf kayakers and the WSKA. They share information both ways, and represent their nation’s views in all aspects of the WSKA. Each nation is responsible for selecting their Country Rep and advising the WSKA secretary of the name and contact details. (WSKA is not responsible for chasing each Country to inform or update their Representative).
The Country Representatives entitled to vote are the Countries which entered the Team event in the past three World Championships (including the current one). These Country Reps will vote on any significant matters when they are called upon to do so, being given 2 weeks maximum to discuss with their country if required. Any deciding vote will be cast by the Chairman if required.
From October 2017 to the start of the 2019 World Championships, the Country Representatives entitled to vote are:
Basque – Edu Etxeberria
Denmark – Bo Opperman Blankholm
England – Denzil Pearce
Galicia – Jose Pineiro
Ireland – Mike Barry
Northern Ireland / Ulster – Andy McClelland
Portugal – no personal contact provided
Scotland – Ian Sherrington
USA West – Mat Hoff
Wales – Tim Thomas
Costa Rica – Alvaro ‘Toca’ Gonzales
Peru – Nathan Eades
US East – Joey Hall
France – Pablo Arrouays
Isle of Man – Richard Cregan-Watson
Argentina, Brazil, Catalonia, Italy, Japan, Sweden
Other Countries known to have active surf kayakers are Israel and Norway.
They are responsible for the routine operations of WSKA, and for researching and refining any significant proposals or recommendations to put before the Country Reps for decision.
Current WSKA Committee members are:
Ashley Hunter, Canoe Association Northern Ireland (CANI) – liaison for the 2017 Worlds.
Funds are generated for the WSKA by each participant contributing £10 / 10 Euro / $10 with their entry fee.
Funds are used for any essential costs in running the WSKA, and held in reserve to support World Championship events if necessary. All work for WSKA is voluntary and unpaid.
An explanation of the recent history of the WSKA and how it reached this point is in the Downloads section on www.wska.org
There will be an election for WSKA Chairman at the 2017 World Championships in Northern Ireland.
Photo credit: Denzil Pearce