World Bellyboarding Champs

This weekend sees Cornwall host the 11th World Bellyboarding Championships. The event at Chapel Porth beach is open to amateur and skilled bellyboarders, who use traditional wooden boards to surf the waves

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So what is 'bellyboarding'?

Belly boarding is probably most people's first taste of surfing. The bellyboard is much shorter than a surfboard and thinner than a boogie board.

It's made out of wood and is about four feet tall with a curve at the top end.

Riders use the white water to come into the beach - unlike surfers and boogie boarders they don't go out of their depth.

The eleventh World Bellyoarding Championships are being held today at Chapel Porth in North Cornwall. It started off with a handful of people but now has entrants from around the world.

World Bellyboarding Champs in Cornwall

Today sees Cornwall host the 11th World Bellyboarding Championships. The event at Chapel Porth beach is open to amateur and skilled bellyboarders, who use traditional wooden boards to surf the waves.

More information on the Championships here.

Bellyboards at the ready in last year's event. Credit: ITV News West Country
... and they are off. Credit: ITV News West Country
It's the 11th annual event this year. Credit: ITV News West Country
Contemplating the waves. Credit: ITV News West Country

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