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Women surfers to be on the crest of a wave at first ever women's surf festival

By WMNlynbarton  |  Posted: July 16, 2014

  • Corinne Evans

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A festival dedicated to women surfers will take to the waves at Newquay next month.

Surf Bettys is the brainchild of surfer and model Corinne Evans, who decided to organise it after seeing a gap in the market.

“There isn’t that much for women surfers in England, so I thought I should organise something myself.

“In other parts of the world there are women only surf competitions, but not so much in the UK. It is getting better but there still isn’t that much going on.

“I like a challenge so I thought I should just do it.”

The event will take place on August 2 at Great Western Beach, Newquay, and has already won the backing of a number of sponsors.

Corinne says she has already had a lot of positive feedback and is hoping that her inaugural festival could attract as many as 200-300 women.

“Surfing is a niche sport and a niche market,” she said.

“There are still lots of people who think it is just a bum sport.”

Corinne was 13 when she came to live in Newquay with her family and at first was slow to catch the surf bug.

“I’d always done body boarding and I really liked that,” said the 26-year-old.

“But I was in my late teens when I thought I would give surfing a go and I just loved it from the first moment.”

The event is supported by Animal and the Keep a Breast Foundation.

As part of the festival, there will be free surf lessons and mini-maker-over, as well as a host of craft, fitness and beauty stalls. There will also be music, a barbecue and volleyball on offer.

“I'm really excited about hosting my first ever women's surf festival and what better way place to host one than in my hometown Newquay.”

Surf Betty's will run from 11am - 8pm and is free to attend.

For more information about the day and details on how to enter, see the Surf Bettys Festival Facebook page or www.corinneevans.com

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  • vulcan  |  July 16 2014, 6:37PM

    High level of serious journalism I see

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