Bellyboard Building Bonanza
30 . 08 . 13
Bellyboards are right up there with buckets and spades, windbreaks and the sound of an ice cream van as a pillar of the classic British Summer. Next Sunday, September 8th, the National Trust will be hosting the eleventh annual World Bellyboarding Championships just down the road from us at Chapel Porth. We’ve been involved with the Championships in one form or another for the past three years, exhibiting our surfboards and handplanes there, putting on bodysurfing demonstrations and sponsoring and producing prizes for various categories. Last year we built two prize bellyboards using macrocarpa timber from a storm damaged tree that had to be felled at the National Trust’s Trelissick Estate (the bulk of which we used to build a 6’10” Jetty for the National Trust’s Neptune Coastline Campaign), but this year we are upping the ante; we will be giving away as a prize a place on a one-day “Build-Your-Own” bellyboard workshop. We will be running five of these group workshops over the next year, so the winner can enter the 2014 event on a board that they made themselves.