Scottish National Surfing Championships receive £8,000 from EventScotland

Mark Boyd (North Shore Surf Club) won two titles, the men’s open and the masters, at the Scottish National Surfing Championships in April. Photo: Sam Howard / Scottish Surfing Federation

A major surfing competition held in Caithness last month received £8,000 in EventScotland funding.

More than £740,000 from the organization’s national events program was split between 65 events, including the Scottish National Surfing Championships, which took place in Brims Ness.

Twenty community-focused events received between £2,000 and £4,000, while 45 larger-scale events that help generate domestic tourism and showcase Scotland received between £5,000 and £25,000.

Relaunched in January, the scheme supports the development and delivery of live sporting and cultural events taking place outside Glasgow and Edinburgh, with the Scottish Government providing additional funding for the latest cycle to help with recovery of the tourism and events industry.

Changes have also been made to give more events the opportunity to apply. The previous limit of three funding rounds for a single event or festival has been lifted, while community-focused events have also been invited to apply.

Other events funded by EventScotland include St Magnus International Festival, Orkney Folk Festival, Hebridean Celtic Festival, Black Isle Show, Tiree Music Festival, Scottish Traditional Boat Festival, British Superbike Championships and Gordon Castle Highland Games and Country Fair.

Scottish Culture Minister Neil Gray said: “It is great to see many stalwarts of the cultural calendar return with live programs and events across Scotland during the summer of 2022.

The Scottish National Surfing Championships received funding from EventScotland.  Photo: Sam Howard / Scottish Surfing Federation
The Scottish National Surfing Championships received funding from EventScotland. Photo: Sam Howard / Scottish Surfing Federation

“I am also delighted that the Scottish Government has been able to support this scheme with funding of just over £740,000. Through this round of funding, we are able to support more events than ever before, from community-focused events and music festivals to sporting events, increasing the number of events people have the opportunity to attend. assist in their region.

Paul Bush, Events Director of VisitScotland, said: “Our national events program has always played an important role in supporting the development and delivery of events across the country. We are delighted to support these 65 events taking place across the country and to help support the recovery of the tourism and events industry in Scotland.

“Few industries have the impact of events. They play an important role in our communities, allowing us all to connect, enjoy and share memorable experiences.

“Having them on our calendar further strengthens Scotland’s position as a top destination in the world and reinforces Scotland’s place as the perfect stage for events.”

Mark Boyd of the Thurso-based North Shore Surf Club (NSSC) won the men’s title as well as the masters at the Scottish Championships in April. Phoebe Strachan, also of NSSC, won the women’s title for the second time in a row.

The longboard title was won by Sam Christopherson of Belhaven Surf Club.

Thurso East is usually the preferred venue for the Championships, which take place over three days. However, that depends on the conditions and on this occasion the event has been moved to Brims Ness.

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