Surf competition moved from Swami’s
The 2010 Women’s World Long Board Championship surfing competition will not be held at Swami’s beach in Encinitas, contest director Linda Benson announced March 16.
Benson said her decision was out of respect for the Self-Realization Fellowship, which overlooks Swami’s Beach. She said it was not because of opposition to the tournament from local surfers who claim the waves would be exposed to the general public.
“Believe me, it’s discovered, and often the atmosphere is not harmonious,” Benson said in a press conference. “My sole reason for this decision is to keep the self-realization fellowship safe from any future jeopardy. I do not want to risk the future serenity of the self-realization fellowship by others who might take advantage of the precedent set by my contest.”
Benson, a member of the International Surfing Hall of Fame, will evaluate other locations for the Women’s World Long Board Championships. The event is scheduled for mid-October.
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