One of Britain’s top pro junior surfers headed nearly 400 miles north to put Welcome to Yorkshire’s surf simulator to the test ready for Great Yorkshire Show crowds today.
The tourism agency brought Joshua Braddock, who surfs for the U18 British Junior Surf Team, up to Harrogate from the surf capital of Newquay to show what Yorkshire’s got.
Ranked the UK’s number 2 surfing champion, Josh was on hand to promote the UK PRO SURF tour which is set to come to Scarborough this year.
Joshua is more used to riding the waves in his home town of Newquay but took time out of his surfing schedule to back Welcome to Yorkshire’s bid to bring a corner of the Yorkshire coast to the showground.
I’m really honoured to be asked to come up to the Great Yorkshire Show to promote surfing and the UK Pro Surf.
I’ve competed in Scarborough before and thought it was a great place to surf – I’m looking forward to coming back again this year.
Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said:
We’re thrilled to welcome national champion Joshua onto our beach at the Great Yorkshire Show to promote the UK Pro Surf in Scarborough in October.
The Yorkshire coast is rapidly becoming a popular surfing destination and the fact we have a national surf competition coming here for the third time running proves it’s making its mark.
Welcome to Yorkshire has joined forces with Yorkshire Water to create the show’s biggest ever inland beach after shipping 20 tonnes of sand from Scarborough.
Dudes from Dexter’s Surf Shop in Scarborough will be on hand to give lessons on the surf simulator, encouraging visitors to take up the sport and head to the Yorkshire coast.