An annual membership in the National Scholastic Surfing Association permits members to compete in Regional Conference contests from August through June. In addition to competing in the NSSA's well organized and structured events, NSSA membership offers a variety of other benefits. 

  • Remember: You cannot register in any of the scheduled events unless your NSSA membership is completed. 
  • All NSSA members of the North East Conference, Southeast Conference, Mid Atlantic Conference or SE/North Conferences can compete on the Puerto Rico Conference and all Puerto Rico Conference Members can compete on any Eastern Conferences events (NE, Southeast, Mid Atlantic or SE/North Conferences). 
  • All members can fine tune their competitive skills with the best amateur surfers in the United States. Student surfers who are scholastic achievers can also gain recognition and awards as NSSA members. In addition, student/surfers are afforded an opportunity for scholarship funds for post-high school education or training.
  • All members will benefit from the NSSA Junior Program Evaluation included with your NSSA Puerto Rico Conference membership
  • Competing in NSSA Conference contests allows members to qualify for an invitation to the Eastern and the NSSA National Championships. A minimum of 5 events must be surfed to receive check in points to qualify for East Coast Regional Championship. To compete at the NSSA Nationals in California, all surfers need to compete on the East Coast Regionals.

After registering your membership: 1) The NSSA (Head Quarters, California) will update our records 2) An email will be sent to let you register into each events of the series. Sometimes updates are quickly received; If you do not received an email in 12 hr, please contact us! 3) After Welcome email is received, you can register in the events of your choice using the provided links at the nssapuertorico.org site.

When registering in the event doing multiple registrations please follow these instructions: 

  1. For each transaction except the final one, click the Invoice me button rather than the Pay online button.
  2. For the final transaction, click the Pay online button and all the transactions will be combined into a single payment.

How to compete?


With more and more surfers wanting to participate in National Scholastic Surfing Association events, the NSSA continues to broaden it's program for the needs of competitive surfing.

Currently the NSSA operates nationally with eight regional conferences running contests throughout the year. The NSSA National competition season for all regional conferences runs from September through June ending with the NSSA National Championships held each June in California. Annually, the NSSA conducts over 80 surfing events nationwide which is organized into competition seasons in each of it's eight regional conferences. The competition seasons are as follows:

NSSA Open Season. The highest level of competition. Open to students only. Open Season age divisions are as follows: Mens (16&up), Juniors (13-15), Boys (12&under), Mini Groms (10&under), Womens (all ages), Longboard (all ages).

NSSA Explorer Season. An all around level of competition which provides advanced, intermediate, beginner as well as recreational and non student divisions. Explorer Season age divisions are as follows: Mens (all ages), Juniors (15-17), Boys (13-14), Menehuene (12&under), Masters (25-34), Seniors (35-44), Super Seniors (45&up), Duke (55&up), Womens (all ages), and Longboard (all ages).

NSSA Middle School, High School and College Team Seasons. Organized team events for Middle School, High School and College teams.

NSSA Junior Program. A novice competitive surfing program. The NSSA JR Program's purpose is to teach and improve competitive surfing skills to student surfers grades 6-11 and to prepare it's members for competition in the NSSA Open and Explorer program.


  • What is the difference between OPEN SEASON and EXPLORER SEASON?
Open Season is the most elite and prestigious division of the NSSA. The competitive format  uses 4 man 20 minute heats and 25 minute finals. (all heat time formats may be altered subject to the time available for the completion of event). Explorer Season is secondary to the Open Season in prestige and the competitive formats are more flexible as such. The Explorer Season divisions can use 6 man 15 minute format and 20 minute finals. Or Conference Director can choose to run 4 man 15 minute or 20 minute formats if time is available. (all heat time formats may be altered subject to the time available for the completion of the event).
  • How many categories can I register on each event?
You can register on as many categories as you like as long as you comply within the age limitations for each one. 



  • Is my NSSA Puerto Rico Conference Membership transferable to other Conferences?
Yes,  you can compete in other Conferences on the East Coast and viceversa. 

The NSSA Puerto Rico Conference is a non for profit organization for the development of the young athletes and the sport of surfing. 


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