When people hear the word rowing, an image of a long boat oared by a few min seated side by side or one behind another comes up in a calm water body. This is because of the fact that almost all types of rowing events and competitions are held in rivers, lakes and reservoirs where there are no rough water movements. But, there is a completely different form of rowing where the course is not smooth and waters are not still, and it is nothing but one of the most thrilling water sports of all time, the surfboat rowing.
Surfboat Rowing in UK – The History
The history of surfboat rowing in UK dates back to the year 1965 when a famous Australian surf club presented the historic “Cabbage Tree II” to the Atlantic College, South Wales. In the next couple of decades, several surf boat types were introduced to UK and in the year 1999, the UK league was created. Later in the year 2003, the UK League became the UK Surf Rowers League, or UKSRL and this constitution was attached to the British Rowing two years later.
Surfboat Rowing – The Crew
Surfboats are made of fibreglass and seats 4 rowers, excluding a sweep or the steersman, who is just like the coxswain in fine rowing boats. The steersman usually stands at the stern of the boat and the rowers are seated in zigzag position, one per row. The most active crews involved in surfboat rowing are from places like Tolcarne, Perranporth, Porthtowan and Portreath, crews which usually made of surf life-saving guards.
Today, several surfboat rowing competitions are held every year and crews from England and all over Europe participate in those competitions to enjoy one of the most thrilling forms rowing, and such events are fast gaining their fame among spectators as well. Some of the championships held for surfboat rowing by the UKSRL include UK Open Surfboat Championships, annual European Championship and the Summer Surfboat series.
You can enrol into any rowing school or club with surfboats and plan your entry into any of these championship tournaments.
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