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Last Updated: Saturday May 24 2008 18:39 GMT

World's top young surfers compete

Young surfers get ready to ride the waves

The best young riders from across the globe have gathered in France to compete in the 2008 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships.

Nearly 300 competitors from 28 surfing nations paraded through the town of Hossegor on Saturday, to kick-start the week-long event.

The 12-strong British team of surfers were among them.

The girls' squad is made up of Holly Donnolly, Karma Worthington, Kath Spears and Tassy Swallow.

And the boys squad are Lyndon Wake, Lewis Clinton, Arron Evans, Stuart Campbell, Luis Eyre, Josh Piper, Toby Donachie and George Picking.

The team are aged 14 to 17.


Surfer Tassy, 14,  in action
Surfer Tassy, 14, in action
Tassy, 14, from St Ives, is the youngest member of the group. She will be keeping a diary for CBBC Newsround Online during the event.

Many of the young surfers have made long journeys to attend the contest, travelling from as far away as Australia, Brazil, Tahiti and Senegal to take part.

The competition starts on Sunday.