Saunton Sands life-saving competition event moved due to weather

Surf life saving race, Cornwall, August 2013 The "nippers" event for eight to 13 year olds will be held later in the week

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Poor weather conditions forced a change of venue for the first day of the British Life Saving Sport Surf Championships in Devon.

The masters event was moved from Saunton Sands to Putsborough Sands.

"Because of the sea conditions we had to relocate for safety reasons, but it was a very successful day," events officer Nigel Bowden said.

More than 5,000 competitors and spectators are expected to attend the championships.

The event is organised by Surf Life Saving GB, which works closely with the RNLI to provide beach lifeguard cover around the UK.

Competitors in three age groups - over 30s, 13 to 19 and eight to 13 - will take part in events such as swimming, surfboard races and relays, surf ski races and inshore rescue boat races.

Mr Bowden said the remainder of the championships were likely to be held at Saunton Sands.

"Certainly the beach event tomorrow will be at Saunton and the forecast for later in the week looks fine," he added.

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