BRITAIN’S top surfers will be riding waves off Scarborough for the first time this autumn.
It has been confirmed that one of the 10 legs of the UK Professional Surfing Tour will be held at Scarborough’s North Bay over the weekend of October 1.
It is hoped that thousands of surfing fans will descend on the town for the event, giving a welcome boost to the local economy after the holiday season.
Surfer Sandy Kerr was getting some practice in ahead of the event yesterday.
He said: “Scarborough is a brilliant location for surfing, it often gets overlooked but you can get some big waves here.
“It’s the biggest surfing event in the country so it’s amazing to get it up here.”
Sandy, who is from Tynemouth and is scheduled to compete in the surf tour, added: “I get down to Scarborough a lot so I hope I’ll have a bit of an upper hand.
“I’m really looking forward to it.”
As well as hosting round four of the surfing competition, a series of other events will take place over the weekend as part of a surf, skate and BMX festival.
Some of the country’s best BMX and mountain bikers will show off their talents with freestyle displays.
A series of free workshops will also be held at Hairy Bob’s Skate Park, hosted by professional skateboard and BMX riders.
Equipment will be provided to youngsters who want to take part in the coaching sessions. Live music will be performed on the North Bay promenade and in nearby bars and venues.
Drive-in movie shows, projections at the lighthouse and film screenings in Blue Crush bar have also been promised as part of the festivities.
Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “North Bay is a firm favourite with surfers and now we have the chance to really show it off to the rest of the UK.
“The event is guaranteed to see crowds descend on Scarborough from across the country, bringing a real boom to the economy as well as attracting a new generation of visitors who we hope will return again and again.”
The surfing event will begin at 10am on Saturday October 1 and conclude at 5pm the following day.
A full programme of events will be announced in late August.
More than 100 surfers will compete in the event.