The British Longboard Union (BLU) has announced the return of the Porthmeor Longboard Classic, set to take place on 11th and 12th September.
A jewel in the St Ives landscape, the natural amphitheatre of Porthmeor Beach will provide a wonderful opportunity for spectators to watch some of the finest longboarders in Britain.
Recently crowned Boardmasters champions Ben ‘Skindog’ Skinner and Emily Currie will be looking to capitalise on their current form to take full points from what is sure to be one of the most popular events of this year’s tour. Surfers will be competing across divisions from under-16s to grand masters.
The event is supported by Tregenna Castle, St Ives BID, Down the Line Surf Co, and Ocean & Earth. It will be the first stop of the 2021 British Longboard Union Tour. Location support and facilities is being provided by Saints Board Riders, of St Ives.
If the event is unable to take place on 11th and 12th September, because of adverse conditions, there is are reserve dates of 25th and 26th September.
About The British Longboard Union
In 1994 Robert ‘Minnow’ Green was asked to run a prestigious longboard-only two-day event for Oxbow, to coincide with the launch of the clothing brand in Europe. This was held at Fistral beach, Newquay. The contest attracted some important names to Britain’s shores, with surfing professionals Nat Young and his son Beau, from Australia, plus Joel Tudor and Duane Desoto, from Hawaii, in attendance.
Following the contest, a number of British longboarders felt it would be a beneficial step for the sport to hold further events, so in 1995 a small group of seasoned British longboarders worked on the development of a fledgling tour. In 1996 the British Longboard Union was launched with backing from Oxbow UK.
Twenty five years on, the BLU Tour continues to represent longboarding from grassroots to international level, with surfers competing from England, Wales, Scotland, and the Channel Islands.
Longboarding continues to evolve due to a large resurgence of interest, and through the inclusion of progressive surfing combined with more traditional disciplines.