His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon has been asked to sit on the committee that will plan the European Championships in surfing this year and in 2018. Today the committee gathered at their very first meeting to plan the European Championships. Crown Prince Haakon is himself an accomplished surfer and practices the sport as a hobby. Also, Danish Crown Prince Frederik is an active surfer.
In 2020, surfing will for the first time a branch during the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Long before that time, the European Championships will be held in Norway. The Championships for seniors will be held in 2017 and for the juniors in 2018. The Crown Prince recently agreed to sit on the Norwegian Sailing Federation surf Committee and the Committee for the European Championships.
It is expected that more than 15 countries will participate with 12 participants each, in addition to the public and media from a variety of countries. One of the things the committee will work on is the recruitment of volunteers for the event. Crown Prince has experience of preparing for these types of events, he has previously worked with the world championships in skiing in Oslo in 2011 and the Youth Olympics in Lillehammer last year. During the meeting, some of the first plans were submitted.
When the Crown Prince recently was asked to sit on the committee and agreed to do so, the Norwegian Sailing Federation released the following statement: “The Royal Norwegian Sailing Federation has become amulti-sportss federations of surfing as a new sport in addition to sailing. We look forward to having them in our union, and it will enrich efforts to give people joy of being at sea. Getting Crown Prince with the integration process is extremely useful and also very inspiring. He follows the history of his family’s strong interest in sports at the sea,” says Tor Møinichen, President of the Royal Norwegian sailing federation.
The opening of the European Championships in surfing takes place on 30 September 2017 with competitions from 1-8. October.