• James Tapp

Watergate Bay gives you wings...

Last weekend saw rounds 7 & 8 of the RYA ThunderCat National Championship at Watergate Bay in Newquay. The 2 man teams from across the UK battled through the infamous surf for that all important ‘King of Surf’ title.

This is the 2nd event that ThunderCat Racing has held at Watergate Bay this year and they are already planning their return for 2013 that is set to be bigger and better.

The sport is certainly not a new concept, nor constrained to the UK. Born out of South Africa over 20 years ago, the sport has now spanned to more than 12 countries all adopting the same rules and classifications. It is the ultimate spectators sport, it’s close to shore circuits ensure all the action can be seen from the comfort of your deck chair.

Teams from across the UK have been battling it out at various beach locations across the country to become the 2012 ThunderCat National Champion. The most recent event at Watergate Bay last weekend proved to be the toughest event of the season with perfect surf conditions to show what these inflatable catamarans are capable of.

James Tapp from team Peters & May, current World Surf Champion explained the conditions as ‘EPIC’ he said ‘we knew leading up to the event the waves were going to be big and perfectly formed, checking the surf reports became a daily habit. They didn’t let us down, negotiating the 5-7ft waves proved tricky but the ultimate adrenaline rush, especially when you are hanging 6ft in the air!.’

The ThunderCat series is made up of two classes, with new comers encouraged to join the ‘Stock’ out of the box class where minor modifications are permitted. Equally competitive is the ‘Pro-Stock’ class where competitors can increase engine capacity to push speeds in excess of 60mph.

Championship leaders Sean Fisher & Tilly Long, Team Microlink PC were crowned King and Queen of the Surf for the Pro Stock class winning 7 out of 8 heats. Team Wales, Simon Harding and Tom Hamilton won the stock class, “keeping the boat upright and being consistent is the key to winning a surf event” says Simon Harding.

ThunderCat Racing would like to thank Watergate Bay and Extreme Academy for hosting another fantastic event. The racing conditions were perfect to show off the thrills and spills of ThunderCat Racing keeping all spectators on the edge of their deck chairs. The action packed weekend showed boats pushing to limits getting extreme air.

We are planning on coming back to Watergate Bay again for the 2013 season, but in the meantime come and enjoy the action at our next event - Gyllyngvase Beach Falmouth on the 6th – 7th October.

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