The RAF Waveriders Association (RAFWRA) is the central body for the control of competitive surfing in the RAF and is one of the largest Surf Clubs in the UK with over 300 members annually.
The RAFWRA is arguably the most successful ‘niche’ sport in the RAF, running twelve events per year including dedicated beginners’ courses, the RAF Surfing Championships and an overseas tour in November. From humble beginnings the RAFWRA estimate that they have introduced well over 3000 RAF Personnel to the sport of surfing.
There are 3 major divisions within surfing, Shortboarding (Open), longboarding and bodyboarding. What you choose to ride usually depends on, amongst other things, Skill, fitness and surfing style, expected wave conditions and the body dimensions of the surfer (height and weight). RAF Surfing supports all three disciplines with competition and coaching available to all abilities.