VIDEO: Thundercats are on the move at Newquay's Fistral beach
FANS of Eighties cartoons may know them as feline superheroes, but the Thundercats on display at Newquay’s Fistral beach this weekend are perhaps even more impressive.
Spectators have been lining the shore yesterday and today to watch the two-man powerboats blast through the surf at up to 65 mph, and sometimes leap up to 15ft in the air.
The event sees all the UK teams battle it out in the last rounds of the 2013 Royal Yachting Association National Championship.
It comes ahead of the Thundercat Racing World Championships at Watergate Bay between October 10 and 13 when elite racers from 12 countries will compete for the title.
Thundercat race organiser and competitor James Tapp said: “We are delighted to be back in Cornwall for the World Championships. We have over 30 teams taking part including 10 from the UK so visitors are guaranteed an action-packed display. Thundercat Racing really is one of the most breath-taking sports to watch on the water.
“One team is Kamikaze from Norway - they are a brother and sister, Sigurd Mollestad and Elen Mollestad who currently hold the world speed record at 68mph. They haven’t won the World Championships before, but they are the top of their fitness level and they’ve got a really fast boat. They’re the ones to beat.”
Each four metre boat is crewed by a team of two: a driver to steer, and a co-pilot who uses their weight to help achieve the greatest possible speed around the M-shaped course, as well as stabilising the Thundercat.
Will Ashworth, of Watergate Bay Hotel and Extreme Academy, which will host the event, said: “This is the first time Watergate Bay has hosted the World Championships and we are really looking forward to welcoming teams from all over the world.
“There is only one team from the South West called Catatonic made up of Jacob Bellas and Andrew Cousins from Newton Abbott, Devon. They’re quite a young team, one’s 20 and one’s 22, and this is their first World Championship, so we’ll be cheering them on.”