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Surf kayakers on crest of a wave ahead of championship

By Robert Jones

With just one month to go until Northern Ireland welcomes surf kayakers from across the world, organisers, the Canoe Association of NI have revealed that over 150 competitors from across the world have signed up to compete on our shores in the World Surf Kayaking Championships.

The event, which has never been held in Northern Ireland before, is due to take place in Portrush on October 20-28, and will see teams and individuals from as far away as America and Australia competing on the waves.

Ireland is one of Europe's best locations for catching good waves and the team are hopeful the event will be one to remember for competitors and spectators alike.

Andy McClelland, former world champion from Portrush is excited about what lies ahead.

"Welcoming such a prestigious event to my home town in amazing," McClelland said.

"I've competed all over world and right here on my doorstep is where I have enjoyed some of the best conditions.

"I'm sure our visitors will love it and I'm confident our team will step up to the mark and deliver an impressive performance.

"Entries for the event are flooding in with the surf kayaking community keen to visit Northern Ireland's impressive shores and experience the renowned craic."

Meanwhile, Ulster team coach Marty McCann is confident the event will see record numbers with some last minute competitors deciding to make the trip.

"Entry levels are good and we still have another two weeks before the entry deadline on September 20, so we're hoping to get some more last minute submissions," McCann revealed.

"The surf kayaking community is a tight one and we are looking forward to welcoming our friends and showing off our country."

For further information on the event please visit http://www.surfchampionships.cani.org.uk.

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