When: 8th September 2013
Where: Chapel Porth beach, St Agnes, Cornwall
£: Free to watch (donations welcome). Registration to take part is now closed but a small amount of places will be available on the day (there is a suggested donation of £5 to take part).
What is it?
The annual World Bellyboard Championships take place in Cornwall on 8th September, celebrating the traditional wooden boards used to ride the waves. The first surfing of this type which we now call ‘bellyboarding’ is thought to have started in the very early 1900s when a form of the Hawaiian ‘paipo’ board was copied by British soldiers returning from the Great War.
The event is organised and hosted by the National Trust who look after the Chapel Porth coastal area and has been running since 2003. Attracting over 300 competitors, the championship is a back to basics surfing event with swimsuits rather than wetsuits.
Please note that dogs are not currently allowed on the beach.