5th September 2009 - European Open Surfboat Championships - Breaking the surf.
Tolcarne beach, Newquay is the venue for this years championships. For each heat the surfboat starts from the shore and a team of 4 plus the sweep row out over the breaking surf to a mark. Turning at this mark they then row or surf back to shore. One of the crew then has to get out of the surfboat and run to a flag. The first to touch their flag wins the heat.
These are images of the start and outward leg from various heats.
The starter attracts the teams attention with her wistle as the RNLI safety team get ready.
As she drops her arm the teams clamber into the surfboat.
As they row out to the mark the surfboat rides over the incoming waves.
Getting wet in the process.
Twickenham rowing club loose their sweep.
who has to climb back onboard.
With the swell sometimes the surfboats get a little close to each other.