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What does it take to become a surfing champion? Amazing footage of Ben Skinner in action

Credit: Ben Skinner

Cornish surfer Ben Skinner has given us an exclusive look at his latest training plan.

The eleven-time European Longboard Champion has been in Cornwall with some friends, getting ready for the World Longboard Championships next month.

Credit: Ben Skinner

Ben is setting off for China at the weekend. Take a look at these amazing training shots:



Surf schools in Cornwall could face new 'tax'

Some surf schools say they'll be put out of business by the 'tax'. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA

Surf schools in Cornwall could face a charge for each surf board they use if council plans go ahead.

A licence fee of £72 for each board - or the 'surf tax', as it's been called - could be introduced as a way of raising money to keep the county's beaches clean.

Some schools have warned it could put them out of business, however Cornwall Council argues that the scheme would be a fair one.

"Whether you're a small business and only take out 8 clients, or whether you've got ten, twelve instructors each taking out 8 clients, it's a fair licence scheme because it's 87p per board - and if businesses are using other beaches owned by other land owners, they'll already be paying a licence to use those beaches."

– Joyce Duffin, Cornwall Council

Calls for more patrols at Cornish beach where three drowned

The three who died had been trying to help a group of young people in difficulty. Credit: Family pictures.

There are calls for the Cornish beach where three people drowned trying to rescue others to be covered by lifeguards out of season.

An inquest earlier this week heard that if the beach at Mawgan Porth had been patrolled, the tragic deaths of three surfers - who had been trying to help a group of teenagers in difficulty - may have been prevented.

Steve Hardy's report has more.

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