Cornwall Beach hosts postponed English Surfing Championships
This year’s English National Surfing Championships finally take place in Cornwall.
After being postponed due to the Covid, the three day contest at Watergate Bay near Newquay, 160 surfers will compete for medals in 15 divisions.
Surfing was at the Olympics for the first time at this summer’s games in Tokyo – and interest in the sport continues to grow.
Hannah Brand, of Surfing England, said: “It’s fierce competition. It’s friendly rivalry, but in the end there are big titles at stake.
“For some people there are sponsorship deals awaiting that, as well as places in the England squad and places in the British squad. So it has enormous significance.
“Being in the ocean is extremely exciting. It’s unpredictable, you don’t know when the waves are coming in, where they are coming in. It’s wild.”
The competition continues this weekend. At the end, the places on the podium will be decided and the medals awarded.
Seth Morris from Pembrokeshire, Wales is a veteran of competitive surfing.
“I have competed a lot here, it is an ideal beach for the competition,” he said.
“They have consistent waves, there are a lot of waves on offer this weekend.”