world belly board championships

World Belly Board Championships, Picture by James RamPicture by James Ram

We’re very excited! We’ve just registered for the World Belly Board Championships 2013. And this being the 3rd year in a row that we’ve registered, but not having actually made it yet, I’m thinking this could be the lucky/right time!

Taking place at one of our favourite beaches, the delightful Chapel Porth, close to St. Agnes, it’s been running for 11 years now and has grown from an intimate, local affair to a retro, vintage gathering attracting participants from all over Europe.

The first event was organised as a memorial to Arthur Traveller, a Londoner who used to holiday at Chapel and would get in the water, with his belly board and no wet suit, come rain or shine for years. And today hundreds of people get all dolled up in vintage gear and come armed with hand crafted wooden boards to challenge the waves and fight for the title of ‘World Champ’.

The rules are quite simple; you must turn up by 10am (which to be fair has proved a bit of a problem for me for the past two years), with wooden belly board (check) and wearing just a swimsuit (check) – wetsuits are strictly forbidden (darn). The vintage theme is optional and whilst I’m not a huge retro fan, I am considering a hunt for a flowery swimming cap, plus wearing goggles – I love goggles.

The first time I failed to turn up due to a rather nasty hangover, the second year I woke up in time but was greeted by the inevitable sight of Cornish mizzle. This year I’ve been in the water up in Scotland in just a bikini so feel charged and prepared, and it’s the third year running that I’ll have attempted, and you know what they say, third time lucky!

For more information: http://www.bellyboarding.co.uk

 

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