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Tenth Anniversary for World Bellyboard Championships

Bellyboard championships in CornwallThe ever popular, colourful and entertaining World Bellyboard Championships returns to Cornish shores this weekend (Sunday 2nd September). Now in it’s tenth year, the event held at Chapel Porth beach, St Agnes will see hundreds of people hit the water with old-fashioned wooden bellyboards for what is perhaps the world’s most eccentric surfing contest.
Competitors from around the ‘globe’ will make the annual pilgrimage to the much loved cove on the north Cornish coast to celebrate the art of riding traditional wooden boards. Organised and hosted by the National Trust the event brings together people with an enthusiasm, fascination and curiosity in this deep rooted tradition of riding ply and prone wooden surfboards.
The sea will be awash with activity and colour as contestants battle it out to be picked as the most graceful, radical or best dressed, with many contestants glamming it up in 30s bathing attire or even more elaborate fancy dress. Expect fun and frolics by the sea. There are 36 trophies up for grabs at the event rewarding artwork, vintage patina and traditional swimwear and even best baked cake.
This event is only for the brave and hardy souls, mostly from the South West, who can cope with the cold sea as wetsuits are strictly prohibited in this old-school contest.
2012 promises to be more fun than ever before with a wider range of contest categories for entrants, plus plenty of beach-side entertainment and activities.
For more information on the World Bellyboard Championships, visit

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