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VIDEO: World Bellyboarding Championships Held In Cornwall

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:06am 7th September 2014

300 people are descending on Chapel Porth - for the World Bellyboarding Championships.

Organisers call it a celebration of British eccentricity - and an opportunity to show off their mastery and "disastery" of the sea.

The Juniors category is for anyone who is under 65. The youngest is 4, while the oldest taking part is 90.

Organiser Rich Pope from the National Trust said: "Competitors will come from up the hill and all over Cornwall and, maybe even a few from around the world. They'll compete without a wetsuit in the sea on a wood bellyboard. Some of them have had those for 50-60 years, maybe.

"A long time ago somebody used to come on holiday to Chapel Porth and bellyboard whatever the weather.

"One year he sadly didn't come and one of the car parkers and lifeguards put on a little event. Every year it has grown and grown."

Stalwart wooden board rider and winner of 2012 Spirit of Bellyboarding award John Isaac said: "The World Champs is truly a celebration of British eccentricity combined with a genuine love of splashing about in the sea on little bits of mostly vintage wood!

"A competition where woollen swimwear is awarded and sliding shorewards applauded. You'll never forget it."

You can watch a previous year's competition here...

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