Surf’s up in the North Bay as UK tour returns

A surfer takes part in last year's UK Pro Surf Tour in North Bay.
A surfer takes part in last year's UK Pro Surf Tour in North Bay.
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Scarborough surfers claim it’s better than Newquay, with the town’s bays boasting some of the best waves in the UK.

And next month it will continue to cement itself as the country’s new surf capital when the UK Pro Surf Tour returns to North Bay.

Local surfers will be joining the professionals to compete in the two-day event, which is expected to inject an extra £400,000 to the town’s economy as the tourism season draws to a close.

For the second year running, Scarborough will host more than 100 of the best long boarders in the country as they aim to win the UK Professional Surfing title on October 5 and 6. The event is now the now the biggest on the Pro Surf UK circuit, last year attracting over 14,000 people.

Dave Reed, CEO of UK Pro Surf, said: “Our professional surfers are looking forward to showcasing their talents to the local community. Based on the 2011 and 2012 events, we’re predicting that this year it could bring as much as £400,000 worth of business to the town.”

Janet Deacon, Welcome to Yorkshire’s area director for North Yorkshire, added: “Scarborough is now becoming one of the top destinations for surfing and with over 100 of the UK’s best surfers set to descend on the town, as well as BMX riders, it should be a superb weekend.”

Bikes, VW vans and music too

The event will also host some of the UK’s top professional mountain bikers in a series of freestyle shows. There is a VW camper van display on the Sunday and local bands will perform on the Surf Music Stage in the North Bay.

It runs from 10.30am on Saturday, October 5 until 5pm on Sunday.

TransPennine Express, Yorkshire Water, Welcome to Yorkshire and Scarborough Borough Council are supporting the popular event, which highlights the North Bay beach and surrounding area as one of the best surfing locations in the UK.