Attending Eurosurf 2017
The European surfing championship – Eurosurf 2017 – will be taking place over the next 10 days. The Crown Prince and Crown Princess and their family are at Borestranda in Jæren in southwest Norway to watch the competition.
This the first time Eurosurf has been held in Scandinavia. His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon is a member of the organising committee for Eurosurf 2917, and is one of many who have worked hard to make the event a success. Today was the kick-off of the championship.
Gaining in popularity
Surfing is growing in popularity, both in Norway and internationally. Surfing will make its debut as an Olympic sport at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. Nearly 100 of Europe’s best surfers from 11 different countries have convened at Borestranda in Klepp municipality on the Jæren coast.
Crown Prince Haakon enjoyed a fine day at the beach. In the morning he was given a guided tour of the area by the driving force behind the event, Tore Kramer, President of Norsk Surfklubb [the Norwegian surfing club].
Photo: Carina Johansen / NTB Scanpix
The Crown Prince also had the opportunity to greet several of the Norwegian athletes before they hit the water to compete. Later in the morning he was joined by Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra and His Highness Prince Sverre Magnus. Together the family watched the competition from the beach, cheering on the Norwegian surfers.
Official opening this evening
The official opening will take place this evening at Stavanger Concert Hall. Following a parade with all the participants, the Crown Prince will welcome the guests to the concert hall. Various speakers, entertainment and a concert are on the programme for the evening.
One of the objectives of hosting Eurosurf is to make Norway an even more attractive surfing destination internationally. Norway has a number of good surfing beaches, spectacular natural surroundings and clear, beautiful water. Many participants were impressed by the beauty of Jæren today. The championship will run through 16 October.
Tested the waves
During a break in the competition today, the Crown Prince and his children had time to test the waves themselves. The Crown Prince, Crown Princess and their children are all avid surfers. In connection with Eurosurf, the Royal Court has published photographs of the Crown Prince and his family surfing at Hoddevik off the Stad peninsula last month. The photographs may be found by clicking on the link at right.
Congratulations are presented today from His Majesty King Harald to His Excellency Mr Egils Levits, President of the Republic of Latvia.
World Heritage at Vega
In 2004, UNESCO inscribed the Vega Archipelago on the World Heritage List. Today His Royal Highness The Crown Prince was in attendance to open the new Vega Archipelago World Heritage Centre – Norway’s first authorised centre of its kind.