No Wetsuits Allowed
Last Sunday saw the 13th annual World Belly Board Championships held just around the corner from the workshop at Chapel Porth. With awards for best paint job, a vintage swimwear contest, and even a (fiercely-contested) bake-off, it's one of the least conventional surf contests around.
Bellyboarding is surfing at its most basic, and most fun, just you and a plank of wood, enjoying the waves. Contestants are judged on length of ride, flow, style, and enjoyment; this really is a contest where the best surfer is the one having the most fun. The rules are simple - no fins, no leashes, and crucially, no wetsuits.
Vicky and Rebecca from the workshop decided to give the world title a shot, and despite neither of them making it into the top 100, they had fun and even said it wasn't that cold. There's always next year...
Here's a few of Rebecca's Polaroids from the day:
The crowds and contestants gather
James and the team from Otter Surfboards
Small weak surf made for challenging contest conditions