Monday, November 12, 2007

UK teams Grab Gold in France at 1st European Surf Rowers Championships


The weekend before last our Surfboat teams, affectionately known as "boaties", did the UK (and Cornwall in particular) proud by winning both the men's and lady's races at the first ever European Surfboat Championships held at Hossegor in France. The waves may have been flat but the adrenalin was pumping. Competing against teams from France, Portugal and Spain, Porthtowan took the honours for the blokes and the bold ladies from Bude just pipped our gal's team from Perranporth to grab the gold. By all accounts, it was a weekend to remember with
Le Surf Boat à Hossegor Sauvetage Côtier hosting the event with commensurate hospitality and elan.

Perranporth Desperados Down & Dirty

Perranporth Rebel Angels Go For Glory

At the post race congress, the European Surf Rowers Federation was formed. With "traditional" and long established UK rowing clubs getting into the action, and a dedicated organisation now behind it, this is a sport that is just going to grow and grow.

Next September will see the world's finest professional surfboats teams from Australia roll out their Ocean Thunder event in Biarritz, setting up a tussle in the surf that promises to set the surfboat scene in Europe ablaze.

The Aussies, with a tradition in surf boat racing that's almost a way of life, will fancy themselves big time. I wager they'll get a surprise or two in the Bay Of Biscay. With media coverage to follow this event no less than global, any prospective sponsors out there with smarts best start queuing up now to get their logos on a surfboat.

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