Saturday, July 29, 2006

National Nippers Championship: Day 1

Otherwise known as "Attack of The Killer Bees". Was it Pete or Spike that coined the term? Well, it seems to have stuck. The Perranporth Nippers were out in force today competing against close to 500 other kids from all over the country. Resplendent in their spanking new yellow rash vests, specially made for us by Jaberwocky Surfwear, with their black & yellow hats and speedos, they looked every inch the swarm of hornets, buzzing around the marshalls and our team managers.

Portreath Surf Life Saving Club are the hosts over the two day event and are doing a fine job, the early morning provisioning of bacon butties being much appreciated. Given the number of kids, the different events & heats, the organisation has been admirable. The tents, pennants and gazebos pitched on the beach conpsire with the club colours to lend the whole event a slight air of a medieval joust.

For once the forecasters got it right. The weather was crap. No other way to describe the downpours interspersed by relentless drizzle. Cruel indeed as the early morning sun had threatened to break out in force at one point. Did it take a fiz out of the kids ? Not a jot. And standing in the sea, neck deep in a swell that lifts you several feet above the sand, or duck diving under pumping breakers, you see these scrawny 8 year olds swim out around the marker buoys, faces etched with exertion, and marvel.

Pity the poor sea-nymph though, squeezed into a sodden excuse for a tent, feeding soggy rolls to the 3 year old. NB : replace existing decrepit beach tent asap.

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