New focus for paddleboard title event
Britain's best stand up paddleboarders are heading for Cornwall this autumn to compete for the national title.
The fifth British Stand Up Paddleboard Association National Championships will take place over the weekend of October 4 to 6 at Watergate Bay, North Cornwall.
Stand up paddle boarding has been described as a cross between canoeing and surfing.
Riders stand up on a large style of surfboard and use a single bladed paddle to steer, turn and propel themselves through the water and onto waves.
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"There's a great buzz surrounding this event as we have taken a bold move to make it a stand up paddle boarding wave-only discipline event for the first time," said Richard Marsh, event director for the British Stand Up Paddleboard Association.
"Last year we had 55 entries and with the conditions as challenging as they were, it was quite tense whether we'd actually finish in time. Solely focusing on the wave element of SUPing will give us more flexibility. This year's competition is wide open. While there are names we know, there's a very strong chance that someone unknown could tear apart the fleet and take the championship. It will definitely be quite a show for spectators."
The national championships will take place at Watergate Bay, near Newquay, and comprise four categories: open men, open women, U16 boys and U16 girls.
With autumn swells expected, conditions could see waves of up to six-foot.