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Bing Copeland to guest as Hip Wigglers Invitational returns to Gwithian

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 08, 2012

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After the huge success of last weekend's annual World Bellyboarding Contest, inspiring hundreds to jump into the sea with nothing but a piece of wood and a vintage swimming costume, we move forward along the timeline of surf history this weekend – but not too far.

Today and tomorrow sees the second annual Hip Wigglers Invitational, a surf contest between longboarders riding very traditional single fin logs with no leashes, return to Gwithian beach.

There will also be a guest appearance from legendary longboard shaper Bing Copeland, who is starting a little tour of the UK this weekend.

The longboard contest is set to go ahead despite a very poor surf forecast for this weekend, a forecast that has unfortunately meant that the Jesus Surf Classic also set to run this weekend has now been postponed.

The Christian Surfers UK organising team have been looking at the swell charts for the last week or so for this weekend's 20th anniversary of the contest and after much deliberation and advice decided to postpone the event until the weekend of October 13 and 14.

They believe there will be no real contestable surf today, and at best perhaps the chance of finishing a couple of categories tomorrow.

However they want to make the 20th "Jesus", a celebration, and make sure everybody had the opportunity to feel part of this event, and to be able to surf in contestable conditions throughout.

They believe this would not be the case this weekend, with more than 100 entrants, in eight categories.

However, this Saturday night at Croyde village hall starting at 7.30pm, the charity fundraiser Soul Music will still go ahead, with live music, to raise funds for Paul's place, a fantastic local charity providing a break for young adults experiencing bereavement, a life-threatening illness, or being a carer.

Christian Surfers are also hosting an evening at the Boardroom, Porthtowan, this coming Friday, September 14 to raise money for Mission Mexico, a children's refuge owned and run by an Australian couple, Alan and Pam Skuse, who care for about 50 Mexican children.

They will be showing the award-winning film, Somewhere Near Tapachula, a documentary following the stories of 54 children, survivors of poverty, trauma and abuse, and their journey to Mission Mexico.

The film focuses on the unique surf community that Alan and Pam have pioneered in Tapachula, a coastal city with no other surfers in the area.

The children get to go surfing every weekend, which has had an amazing impact on them, providing an escape from their unimaginable pasts.

The evening will start at 8pm, with doors opening at 7.30pm. Tickets are £2 on the door, which includes a free raffle ticket.

Also next Friday, British rock band Reef will be headlining the Human Race Festival of Sport, a unique festival in its debut year.

The festival, which runs from on September 14-16, will welcome sporting competitors of all abilities and music revellers to Marazion, in view of the beautiful St Michael's Mount for the new annual three-day festival.

The event will feature a combination of triathlon, sportive cycling (long distance cycling road race), open water swimming and a beach run throughout the day times.

Let's hope this sun continues to shine for them!

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