Bondi Rescue stars at North Devon watersports

Joseph Bulmer

Bondi Rescue lifeguards will be at the Atlantic Watersports event in North Devon this month.

STARS of the popular SKY TV show Bondi Rescue will be making the Atlantic Waterports Games the first stop on their UK Tour.

Reidy, Maxi and Troy from the programme that follows the day-to-day work of lifeguards on Bondi Beach in Australia will be performing at Saunton Sands, Croyde Beach and Westward Ho! on July 27, and will take to the stage and close the games the next day.

Lewis Crathern has also been confirmed as compare for the kite surfing at Westward Ho! Crathern is four times British Kitesurfing Champion and pier jumper extraordinaire, with Worthing and Brighton Palace Pier to date.

The five-day games, which will open in Bideford on Sunday, July 24, have already attracted 350 competitors from Devon, Cornwall, Brittany, Basse Normandie, Portugal Inteceltica, Scotland, Pays de la Loire, Cantabria, Wales and Galicia, who will be based at the Ruda Holiday Park in Croyde and at Skern Lodge in Appledore.

They will take part in events in the sea and on the beaches at Croyde, Woolacombe and Saunton, on the river at Bideford and on Roadford Lake.

It is anticipated that up to 60,000 people will visit the region to see the games during the week, providing a big boost to accommodation providers and the local holiday trade.

Laura Holt of North Devon + said the event would also bring long term benefits to the region by raising the profile of Torridge and North Devon. There had already been as lot of activity on the north website and the event was getting a lot of coverage in the national press.

Opening day in Bideford kicks off with a farmers market and cultural village on Bideford Quay from 10am. Live entertainment and DJs will be on the stage from midday.

Street performers will be entertaining the crowds around Bideford town.

Victoria Park will be the venue for the Atlantic Watersports Games funfair and a range of arts and crafts stalls.

A programme of taster sessions will also be available, offering people the chance to have a go at everything from sailing to surfing and other beach related sports. Many of the town’s shops will be opening on the Sunday to cater for the visiting crowds.

At 5pm a stunning procession will take to the streets of Bideford, with all the competitors in their tradition dress, led by the Sol Samba band. This will be followed by the official opening and raising of the flags on the main stage on Bideford Quay. In the evening the stage will host to a range of bands and dance acts from 7pm-10pm.

The farmers market and cultural village will continue at Bideford throughout the week and each evening at 7pm the stage will again be the focal point as highlights of each day’s watersports are replayed on a big screen, followed by more live music until 10pm.


The week’s sporting programme, with events taking place daily at each venue from July 25-28: Bideford - rowing and sea kayaking at high tide; Croyde - surfing and surf kayaking 10am to 5pm; Saunton Sands - surf life saving 10am to 5pm; Roadford Lakes - sailing and windsurfing 10am to 5pm; Westward Ho! - kite surfing 10am to 5pm.

Full details of events, taster sessions, bands, entertainment etc can be found on the official games website: or