Surf event hailed a big success

North Bay Surf Championships .Surfing the bay..Picture Richard Ponter 124035d
North Bay Surf Championships .Surfing the bay..Picture Richard Ponter 124035d
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Scarborough played host to an action-packed surfing event which attracted thousands of people to North Bay.

Over the weekend the town hosted a leg of the UK Professional Surf Tour, which drew fans from as far afield as Newquay, Brighton, Portsmouth and Scotland.

Crowds gathered to watch some of the sport’s big names battle it out, including Russell Winter and Sam Lamiroy.

Visitors were also treated to displays by some of the UK’s top mountain bikers, who performed a series of freestyle shows.

Spokesman Steve Parrott said: “It was amazing - one of the best events we’ve run.

“We had around 14,000 people down over the two days. The surf on Sunday was immense - the best Scarborough can get.”

He added that as well as the surfing, the live music, bike shows and exhibitors’ stalls had also proved popular.

There was also a large display of VW camper vans along Royal Albert Drive, which attracted lots of attention.

Mr Parrott said: “Everybody has been really positive. We’re hopeful that we’ll be back next year.”

The festival was supported by Yorkshire Water, Welcome to Yorkshire and Scarborough Borough Council.