Surf championships return for third year

PUBLISHED: 12:30 29 July 2016

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Exmouth Beach Rescue Club is gearing up to host the Surf Life Saving GB National Surf Championships for the third successive year.

The national competition will return next month, August 6-10, when a host of competitors take to the water to showcase their skills.

The event organisers said Exmouth 2016 ‘promises close competition and the most enthralling and entertaining spectator experience, from the explosive beach races to the highest quality open-water swimming’.

The championships begin with a competition for the over 30 age group on August 6 and 7; the up-to-age-18 event will be held on the August 9 and 10, ending with the Nippers Surf Championship for ages seven to 13 on August 12 and 13.

More than 1,100 competitors are expected for the six days of competition.

National law firm Ashfords is sponsoring the National Youth and Masters Surf Championships.

The firm is also sponsoring the newly-created Masters Champion of the Year award, in recognition of outstanding sportsmanship and performance.

Graham Cridland, partner at Ashfords, said: “This is a great initiative for the firm to be supporting, reinforcing our commitment to our local community and helping to develop important life-skills to create young leaders of the future.

“We are delighted to be sponsoring the championships and look forward to seeing all the great talent.”

The Nippers Surf Championship will be the largest group, with top South West clubs contesting the overall team award.

Alan Hyde, from South West Water, category sponsor, said: “South West Water has supported Surf Life Saving GB for more than 15 years and we are delighted once again to welcome the National Nippers Life Saving Surf Championships to Exmouth.

“It’s a fantastic event for the South West, bringing hundreds of youngsters and their families to the region and a wonderful showcase for them to demonstrate the beach safety skills they have learnt.”

The event organisers said skills highlighted in competition were part of real lifesaving activity – all demonstrated the core skills needed to save a life and were part of the race to get to a casualty who may drown if that race were lost.

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