Jackson named Director of Atlantic Surfing Federation

jacksonLocal surfer and founder of the Surf Dreams Foundation, Phil Jackson has been named the Executive Director of the Atlantic Surfing Federation, the organization announced today.

Jackson succeeds Julie Hume, as Executive Director of the ASF. Ms. Hume recently announced her retirement as Executive Director, but remains as a member of the Board of Directors. Prior to his appointment as Executive Director, Jackson served as Co-Director of the South Carolina Chapter of the ASF.

Jackson began surfing at the age of eight and surfed competitively until he was 20.  After taking a few years off, he once again put on a competition singlet and has been actively involved in the contest scene since. He recently founded the Surf Dreams Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is helping kids who dream of being surfers, and kids who are currently surfing, acquire surfboards and other necessary accessories such as wetsuits and leashes.

“I am extremely excited to take on the challenging role as Executive Director of the Atlantic Surfing Federation,” Jackson stated in a press release sent out today. “This amazing organization has welcomed my family and I with open arms and big hearts. Surfing means the world to me and I want to share my passion with others. I am blessed to have mentors such as Julie Hume to show me the ropes and guide me through the years. Surfing is more than just a sport, It is a lifestyle. If we all put our best foot forward we can change lives through surfing and the wonderful lifestyle that comes with it”

ASF Competition Director, Brian Broom said, “Phil brings an approach to the Federation that is rather unique and I am confident that his leadership of the Federation will be positive and full of energy. One cannot replace Julie Hume, but I am optimistic that Phil will be a great new leader for the ED chair. I give him my full support and welcome him to the Federation”

Jackson will lead the organization in its efforts to ensure that every East Coast surfer has access to the most modern, progressive, and competitive surfing program. Phil brings many years of experience, leadership, and advocacy, in both the private and non-profit sectors, to the ASF.

The Atlantic Surfing Federation, a newly formed, competitive surfing organization on the east coast, originated from a group of enthusiastic, highly skilled, and informed directors, who share a vision. This vision encompasses a modern, progressive surfing program with competitive uniformity. We are pleased to announce that we have Chapters in New York, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida. The ASF is aimed specifically toward surfers on the East Coast, offering top level surfers a track to the Prime Series and U.S.A. Championships while maintaining the fun, family stoke for surfers of all ages and abilities.

Photo Credit: Kent Ficklin with nimbusgss.com

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