Longboard Championship Plan Sinks -- Report

Wednesday, Mar 17, 2010  |  Updated 12:00 PM PDT
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Despite getting an OK from city leaders, an international surf champion has decided not to proceed with her plan to bring the 2010 Women's World Longboard Championship, according to a published report.

Linda Benson got the OK earlier this month from Encinitas for a special events permit to use Swami's Beach for the women's longboarding competition, the North County Times reported. Council members stressed, though, that Benson may have a tough time actually obtaining the permit she needed to host her proposed Women's World Longboard Championship in October.

Benson, though, told KPBS that she was no longer pursuing her immediate goal.

"The contest can be somewhere else in North County," Benson told KPBS,"and, no, it’s not Swami’s. It’s not that world class break that I wanted so much for the women, but we’ll be OK, and most importantly, the Self Realization Fellowship will be OK.”

Benson said she made here decision after speaking with members of the Self Realization Fellowship.

The idea of a large competition at Swami's divided North County's surfing community. Council members heard from nearly 30 people before granting Benson her permit, with the majority opposed to the proposal.

The event would have been only the second time since 1967 that the famed surf break has played host to a competition, according to the paper reported.

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