Prince George gets a surfboard shaped in New South Wales

April 18, 2014 | Surfing
Prince George's brand new surfboard: shaped in Manly | Photo:

Prince George has been offered a custom shaped six-foot surfboard by the mayor of Manly, in Australia.

We knew that the Duke of Cambridge was a keen water sports enthusiast. He was spotted catching waves in Cornwall and Portugal, several times in the last decade. Prince William owns surfboards and bodyboards, although he admits he's not good enough.

His father, Prince Charles, is an experienced windsurfer. In 1978, he was photographed by "Life" magazine sailing in matchless style.

Edward, who later became King Edward VIII, was also pictured surfing in Hawaii in 1920. Apparently, the British Royal Family keeps the water sports tradition alive, this time, with the youngest generation.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge got the £2,200 surfboard from Jean Hay, the mayor of Australia's surf city, during a beach event held by Surf Life Saving New South Wales.

"I presented them with a surfboard for George and said two of our world champion surfers from Manly, Barton Lynch and Wayne Bartholomew, had offered to give Prince George surfing lessons", says Hay.

"The Duchess said 'Oh good, we're looking forward to being able to use it, because we all love the water."

The surfboard was shaped by Matt Wright (Bennett Surfboards) and it features a photograph of Manly Beach, brightly coloured patterns and the words "Greetings from Manly - Surf City Australia". Is Prince George a future surf champion in the making?

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