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Fédération Française de Surf



The history of the French Surf Federation

The French Surf Federation (FFS) was created in 1964. It received the delegation of power from the Ministry of Youth and Sports and Associative Life, in order to organize, develop and regulate the practice of surfing and disciplines associated like longboards, bodyboard, bodysurf, etc.

The FFS is supported by its leagues and regional committees, its Clubs and Schools labeled French Surf School, with the aim of ensuring the sustainability of quality French Surf.

The FFS in a few figures, it's 80,000 licensees distributed in 200 clubs in mainland France and overseas departments.

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Sports supported by the FFS:


Surfing is a practice born in Hawaii in the 15th century. It allowed the chiefs of tribes to prove their power and superiority, by defying the sea on boards called Papa-he-nalu. This sport consists of sliding on the waves standing on a board.

The longboard

The longboard leads by the size of the board (about 2.80m) to a different practice of surfing. The boards are longer and have a rounded nose, which allows more stability and buoyancy.


Bodyboarding is a practice launched in the 70s by Tom Morey and consists of sliding, lying on the short (about 153cm) and flexible board, performing numerous acrobatics.

The kneeboard

The kneeboard is a derivative of surfing which is practiced on the knees and consists of sliding on the water on a board a little thicker than the surfboard, in order to relieve the knees of possible shocks.

The skimboard

Skimboarding was born in the United States and in Polynesia in the 1930s, it will arrive in France in the 1960s. It is a nautical sliding sport consisting of launching yourself from the beach to surf on the surface of the water.


Bodysurfing consists of surfing the waves without using a board, but simply with your body in a lying position. The bodysurfer can wear flippers if he wishes, and mainly uses his arms to orient himself.

Tandem surfing

As the name suggests, tandem surfing is practiced as a duo on the same board. The two people surf together and can also perform acrobatic feats.

Stand Up Paddle

Also called paddle, this board sport consists of standing on a paddle board and advancing and steering with the help of a paddle.

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