Portrush on crest of a wave with another world event
Northern Ireland's north coast sporting magnet has attracted another major event with Portrush set to host the 2017 World Surf Kayaking Championships on October.
Splashing into action from October 20-28, the event will attract around 150 competitors from as far away as the United States and Australia.
Organised by CANI, the Canoe Association of Northern Ireland, the event is supported by Causeway Coast and Glen's Council and promises an action packed week of spectacular displays of surf kayaking on the Portrush breakers at East Strand.
Organiser, Ashley Hunter of CANI, said: "We are delighted to host this exciting event and have already had plenty of interest from participants eager to compete but to also get the chance to visit Northern Ireland and soak up the legendary atmosphere. Our competitors will battle it out amongst the waves to become the best team and the best individual and we have high hopes for some of our local competitors to place well in the competition."
In previous years the event has been held in Spain, the US and Australia and John Watson, interim chairman of the World Surf Kayaking Association is confident that Northern Ireland is the ideal venue for the 2017 event.
"This is the major event in the surf kayaking calendar and the only occasion where athletes from all over the world meet together to surf and socialise, not forgetting competing to be the best in the world. The athletes, family and friends are looking forward to visiting Northern Ireland to see the sights and experience your famed hospitality".
Alderman Maura Hickey, Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, added: "We are delighted that Portrush has been chosen as the first venue in Northern Ireland to hold this competition. Our area is well known for hosting world class sporting events, and we can now add surf kayaking to our repertoire. East Strand will provide a stunning backdrop for this competition."