Slyde Handboards UK Bodysurfing Championships 2017
Fistral Beach is in Fistral Bay on the north coast of Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
The sport of bodysurfing is currently going through rejuvenation across many countries around the world, thanks largely to modern innovations such as handboards and small waterproof cameras. Up until now the UK has lagged well behind as they have advanced quickly – but that is set to change in the UK too now.
The inaugural Slyde Handboards UK Bodysurfing Championships 2017 will take place at world renowned Fistral Beach, Newquay over the weekend of 16-17 th September.
Since the advent of handboards bodysurfers are now also able to draw a crowd, handboards ensuring better planning – thus more of the bodysurfer appearing ahead of the breaking wave. Waterproof cameras are another boon which can be attached to handboards or the bodysurfers themselves, leading to the opportunity to create fantastic videos. Spectators can now see and appreciate the action in ways they never could before!
In order to bring about this resurgence within the UK two Community Interest Companies (C.I.C.’s) were set up in 2016, the UK Bodysurfing Association C.I.C. (to bring together bodysurfers from across the UK), with the annual UK Bodysurfing Championships C.I.C. to become their ambition to take part in and succeed. By setting up these two non-profit companies has itself led to the creation of a governing body for the sport, thus allowing the UK to join forces with Bodysurfing Associations across Europe and beyond. This is just what the sport needed here in the UK.
There are massive annual competitions taking place all around the world these days, from Hawaii and California, to Australia, South Africa and Brazil. Within Europe there are annual competitions across France, Portugal and Morocco. In fact, anywhere there are good waves is good for bodysurfing. The UK is now set up to join in!
The UK Bodysurfing Association currently holds regular Meet Ups around the beaches of SW England, encouraging UK bodysurfers to unite, form friendships and improve skill and technique. This will ensure that the best 16 compete against those from overseas this September.
Working together with UK Pro Surf and Slyde Handboards the UK Bodysurfing Championships look forward to having a very successful first championship – one of many!
UK Bodysurfing Association C.I.C.
Anyone in the UK who wishes to get involved in this extreme sport can join the Association.