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SSA is a member of The International Surfing Association (ISA) as well as of the European Surfing Federation (ESF)

The Swedish Surfing Association (SSA) / Svenska Surfförbundet

Organizational number 802501-2850

Plusgiro number 4777999-6

Swish: 123 41 908 80

Statues of the Swedish Surfing Association


The Swedish Surfing Association (SSA), also known as “Svenska Surfförbundet”, was founded in 1985 to participate with a national team at the European Championship in Ireland. 

The purpose of the SSA is to gather the surfers of the country for the development and interest of the sport as well as to maintain cooperation with the international surfing organizations in order to make it possible for Swedish surfers to train and compete internationally.

People have been surfing in Sweden since back in the 1970s but in the last decades the sport has become increasingly popular. 

The first surfer to visit Sweden, however, arrived already in 1912 when Duke Kahanamoku – “the father of modern surfing” participated and won 100m freestyle swimming. During his visit he expressed that his favorite sport – surfing – one day should have Olympic status.


So did the Duke surf in Sweden ?


By digging in the news archives of major newspaper DN we can present a full copy of the original story from 1912:

DN 19120705 cutout 2.jpg
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