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Hundreds pull on wetsuits for watersports festival at Boscombe beach
HUNDREDS of people packed a festival of watersports on Boscombe beach over the weekend.
The two-day Swell Watersports Festival, incorporating the Sorted Surf Festival, included board, ski, kite surf, stand-up paddle board, ocean kayak races and surfing competitions.
Esther Pearson, chief executive of Surf Life Saving GB – which, along with Sea Road’s Sorted Surf Shop, was responsible for the two-day festival, told the Daily Echo things went “really well”.
She explained: “We had a bit of a damp start but there’s been a really great turnout.
“On the back of the beach, on the walkway, there were a huge number of traders all giving lots of information, and there are lots of things to have a go at.”
Among Saturday’s highlights was an ocean ski race, an outrigger kayak race and a surfing competition.
On Sunday, the event continued with an open-water swimming race starting proceedings, then a board race for anyone to enter.
Esther said: “Conditions have been great for people to try out something for the first time.
“Everyone has had a great time.
“We’re working with Bournemouth council on promoting lifeguarding and the local clubs.
“We want people to get wet and have fun in the water, but to do it safely.
“We train people to have the skills and to be lifeguards and look after others.
“The festival was all about promoting being in the water, using our natural environment – the blue gym – to be safe, to improve our skills and just have some fun.
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