Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Surfboats For Adrenalin Junkies

Surfing and body-boarding have become so popular in the UK that there's a tendency for some of the other beach & ocean-related sports and activities to sit in the shade of the surfer's swell.

But take 4 rowers and a "sweep" or steersman, 180 kg of fibreglass and some mighty wave action and you have the opportunity to sample an adrenalin rush that's up there with any big wave rider. I'm not talking about Gig racing, of which there's been a renaissance in Cornwall, but it's pumped up, full on cousin - the Surfboat.

Beach Bum reckons that the craic that Surfboat action has to offer is going to appeal to more and more beach heads. Both men and ladies teams from Perranporth Surf Lifesaving Club have been championing this sport for some time now along with several other Cornish clubs. Take a look at the action below and check out the UK Surf Rowers League for more info.


Paula the Surf Mom said...

That does look like a rush

Spike said...

There are a few surfboats in the States....we went to Daytona in 2004 to the World Life Saving Champs and raced a couple of american crews but it's not huge as it is in Australia.
A great team sport, you need a tough butt !

Will said...

Where can I find these in America? any rentals? how much do they cost?

Beach Bum said...

Will - I have some email contacts for you Stateside if you want to follow up on surfboats in the USA. email me (see button below the logo top RHS) and I'll provide you with the details.