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A kneeboarder nearly gets in the barrel of a wave during last year's annual Kneeboard Surfing USA Titles and Festival that took place south of the Huntington Beach Pier.
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Lack of swell causes delay in kneeboard contest

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Lack of swell has caused a date change for the 10th annual Kneeboard Surfing Titles, which will now be held on Saturday and Sunday in Huntington Beach.

The contest was originally supposed to start on Friday at the Huntington Beach Pier. The specialty event brings international competitors to battle using a unique style of surfing.

The contest on the south side of the pier is put on by Kneeboard Surfing USA and is considered one of the premier kneeboarding events in the world. Winners will have a chance to represent the United States in July at the World Kneeboard Championships in Tahiti.

This style of surfing was once popular decades ago and faded away from the scene, but in recent years has had a strong resurrection. Last year, a segment was added to the National Scholastics Surfing Association for the first time in nearly 30 years.

About 150 competitive kneeboarders get together each year for the USA National Championships in Huntington Beach, including a women's division. Every two years, competitors gather for the World Championships.

Heats will begin each day at 7 a.m. during the two-day event, weather and waves permitting. More info: ksusa.org.

Contact the writer: Lconnelly@ocregister.com


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