After having its funding cut in half for the 2019-2020 season, the UCSB surf team is struggling to form its second team and the club says they will likely have to eliminate the third team altogether.
According to a GoFundMe page launched by DaniRose Hill earlier this week, the team’s top priority is to” give as many surfers as possible a chance to compete and feel like a true part of our team.”
As of Friday afternoon, the surf team had raised $2,150 – topping the goal of $2,000 – courtesy of 21 donors.
“With three teams and many competition slots, we have the privilege of picking surfers who sometimes have quite a bit of room to grow. This has made competitions a really safe, fun space for us, rather than the tense and aggressive space that they can often turn into. We are a team that is proud to continually learn and grow together,” wrote Ms. Hill.
“Our surf family is big and chaotic and loving and we want to keep it that way.”
The UCSB Surf Team is an official college club sport for experienced surfers.
The team surfs competitively in the NSSA Southwest college conference, which competitions held in the fall, winter and spring. The season schedule typically includes four regular season events, states, and nationals – which are hosted throughout the state.
Three sub-teams make up the squad – men’s shortboard, women’s shortboard, and co-ed longboard.To learn more or to donate, visit www.gofundme.com/f/fsave-the-ucsb-surf-team.