UK charity Surf Relief have unveiled a packed schedule for this summer’s best day out on the beach: theSurf Relief Festival at Watergate Bay, Cornwall, on Saturday 18th July.

The free beach festival combines a host of family activities with two exciting beach sports competitionsfeaturing the UK’s top professional surfers and surf lifesavers. To round off a perfect day, the sound ofpounding waves will give way to live music in the Sunset Sessions: a mini music festival right on thebeach.
As well as a great day out, this year’s Surf Relief Festival will also raise money for the charity’s SurfAbleproject which introduces youngsters with disabilities to surfing – an experience which for many proves tobe life-changing.
“The Surf Relief Festival raised over £30,000 for the charity last year, which was fantastic,” said SurfRelief UK’s Chairman Dave Manley. “This money has allowed us to purchase specialised surfboards andequipment, and guarantees funding for the SurfAble project for the next three years which will give morethan 1,200 disabled children and young people the chance to try surfing.
“We’ve got so much going on this year. The event has grown again and there really will be somethingfor everyone on the beach, whether it’s cheering on the next generation of surf lifesavers in the NippersCarnival or enjoying some of the region’s best new bands. And best of all, the event is completely free toattend.”
Britain’s top pro surfers take to the water on Friday 17th July for two days of competition in round three ofthe UK Pro Surf Tour. Surfers will compete in five divisions – Open, Women’s, Under 16 Boys, Under 16Girls and Under 12 Open – with finals running on the afternoon of Saturday 18th July. The event invariablyattracts a high quality field of entrants: last year’s Open division was won by Britain’s best ever competitivesurfer, Russell Winter, a former member of the Association of Surfing Professionals’ elite world tour.
Joining the surfers on Friday 17th will be over 200 children from secondary schools in Cornwall, all takingpart in an Ocean and Beach Day. Working with the Cornwall Sports Partnership, fully qualified coacheswill run taster sessions of rugby, volleyball, surfing and lifeguard skills for both disabled and able-bodiedyoung people.
The Iron Men and Women of the future will be honing their skills on the morning of Saturday 18th in theNippers Carnival. This competition allows the youngest junior lifeguards the opportunity to competeon the same patch as the pros, in team-based relay races. Clubs from Cornwall will be contacted byorganisers Legacy Events and invited to bring teams to compete.
Then it’s over to the experts for the Legacy Events Elite Ironman andDiamond Lady competitions. This invitation-only event will feature the 24best male and top 24 female competitors in the country. Fitness, stamina andendurance are all crucial in this event, which sees the athletes complete aswim, paddle board and surf ski leg – with a 400 metre run in between each – to qualify for the final.
Children’s events run throughout the day from 11.30am, including dance workshops and face painting foryounger children. Newquay’s Blue Reef Aquarium will hold a Rockpool Roadshow, bringing a selection ofgiant lobsters, starfish and their amazing walnut-cracking crab to the beach.
Rounding the day off will be the Sunset Sessions, Watergate Bay’s own music festival on the beach.Featuring a bill of four upcoming new bands, the Sunset Sessions will be the perfect end to a great day onthe beach.
More information about the 2009 Surf Relief Festival can be found on the event mini-site at

Event Programme
Friday 17th July – Ocean and beach day9.00 am UK Pro Surf Tour competition beginsAll day Ocean and beach activities for local secondary school children
Saturday 18th July – Surf Relief Festival9.00 am Nipper’s carnival registration9.00 am UK Pro Surf Tour – Round 3 – First heats10.30 am Nipper’s carnival11.30 am Children’s beach events1.00 pm Legacy Events Elite Ironman/Diamond Lady competition begins2.15 pm Legacy Events Elite Ironman/Diamond Lady competition finals2.30 pm Blue Reef Rockpool Road Show3.00 pm UK Pro Surf Tour – Round 3 – Junior U16 final3.20 pm UK Pro Surf Tour – Round 3 – Women’s final3.40 pm UK Pro Surf Tour – Round 3 – Open final4.15 pm Presentations: UK Pro Surf Tour and Legacy Events Elite Ironman/Diamond Lady4.45 pm Sunset Sessions9.00 pm Festival ends(Times subject to change depending on weather conditions)
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