Hello, you've reached the home of the World Bellyboard Championships
On the following pages you will find selected information about our beloved event and a glimpse into its glorious 13 year history.
During our fallow year we have welcomed tens of thousands of visitors and locals down to one of the most beautiful beaches in Cornwall (and therefore the world ! ) The Trust's sensitive management of Chapel Porth for close to 60 years has allowed it to retain the raw unspoilt beauty that has attracted ply riders since the early days of the sport. The fallow year has given us all time to reflect and we have watched as the sand has replenished and the waves have reformed but sadly the WBBC will not return.
The National Trust organised, hosted and funded the event and after 13 years it is with a heavy heart that we have made the decision not to hold the World Belly Board Championships at Chapel Porth from this point forward. As an organisation and a local team, we have many priorities and we have had to make the difficult decision to focus our resources on the conservation and preservation of the important sites, habitats and wildlife that our team look after from Godrevy to St Agnes, to maintain and improve them for our visitors and wildlife alike.
During our 2016 fallow year we have explored many avenues to try and find a way to take the WBBC forward and sadly we have not been able to find one that is feasible within our team that would do the WBBC justice.
We would like to recognise and thank every supporter, participant, spectator, volunteer and staff member who have contributed over the years. Their spirit, dedication and enthusiasm have made the champs the incredible success it was. We will continue to welcome bellyboarders at Chapel Porth as we have always done. The joy of riding ply lives on.
There is more information, images and historical record keeping on the following pages. Grab a cuppa and take 5 miniutes to indulge and remember the event which showcased the very best in prone wooden construction surf craft, vintage swimwear, artwork, stories, mastery and disastery of wave riding prowess.