Scarborough’s shoreline is to be dotted with dozens of professional surfers hoping to catch a wave as a national tour heads to town this weekend.
And with a big swell and five to six foot waves forecast, the UK Professional Surf Tour is set to enjoy perfect conditions for its third round.
For the second year running Scarborough’s North Bay will host more than 100 of the best long borders in the country as they aim to win the UK Professional Surfing Title.
Last year more than 10,000 people attended the event, with the hope that this year’s festival will attract equal numbers with live music from local bands and a freestyle mountain bike show.
The festival organisers believe the event has the potential to bring in an economic return in the region of £300,000 to boost the local economy at the end of the summer season.
Dave Reed chief executive of UK Pro Surf said: “We are delighted to be working again with Scarborough Council and our new partners Yorkshire Water to bring our National Pro Surfing Tour to Scarborough. Our professional surfers are looking forward to showcasing their talents to the local community”
Janet Deacon, Welcome to Yorkshire’s area director for North Yorkshire added: “We are delighted that Scarborough is hosting the UK Professional Surfing Festival for the second year. Scarborough is now becoming one of the UK’s top destinations for surfing and with more than 100 of the UK’s best surfers set to descend on the town as well as BMX riders for the festival it should be a superb weekend.”
Local surfers will be joining the professionals to compete in the Surfing competition to win the Scarborough Championship title.
The action starts at 10.30am on Saturday and runs through till 5pm on Sunday.
The event will host some the UK’s Top professional Mountain bikers in a series of freestyle shows for the public to enjoy, and music bands will perform live on the promenade at North Bay and in nearby bars and venues.
Yorkshire Water, Welcome to Yorkshire and Scarborough Council are supporting the event.
Claire Glavina, from Yorkshire Water’s community engagement team said: “We’re really pleased to be supporting the Pro Surf event this year since we know that the sea off Yorkshire’s coast is some of the cleanest in the country.”