8. Britain

Belly boarders compete in the first warm-up heat in the surf on Chapel Porth beach ahead of the 2010 championship on September 5, 2010 in <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100203060000" title="Cornwall" href="/topic/us/connecticut/litchfield-county/cornwall-PLGEO100100203060000.topic">Cornwall</a>, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO00000021201" title="England" href="/topic/international/britain/england-PLGEO00000021201.topic">England</a>. Over a hundred belly board surfers of all ages and all on traditional wooden belly boards, gathered for the annual belly board world championship charity event organiaed for the National Trust and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). The event was started in 2002 as a celebration of how surfing began in Britain more than a century ago. Since the 1920s Cornwall has been the focus for surfing in the UK when surfers originally used the wooden 'belly boards' on which they would lie down - only later did they start standing up and the modern sport was born.
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( Matt Cardy, Getty Images / September 5, 2010 )

Belly boarders compete in the first warm-up heat in the surf on Chapel Porth beach ahead of the 2010 championship on September 5, 2010 in Cornwall, England. Over a hundred belly board surfers of all ages and all on traditional wooden belly boards, gathered for the annual belly board world championship charity event organiaed for the National Trust and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). The event was started in 2002 as a celebration of how surfing began in Britain more than a century ago. Since the 1920s Cornwall has been the focus for surfing in the UK when surfers originally used the wooden 'belly boards' on which they would lie down - only later did they start standing up and the modern sport was born.

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