The World Championships will run from 31 May to 10 June

Scarborough has been selected as the venue for the first ever Thundercat World Championship to be held in the northern hemisphere.

Thundercats are very similar to Zapcats, and are controlled in the same way – with ropes. But the championship, usually raced in big surf countries like South Africa and Australia, is a completely separate entity to the Zapcat series.

Organisers are expecting more than 50 teams from 15 countries to take part in the 10-day World Championship, to run from 31 May to 10 June.

The event will see competitors race in three different disciplines – circuit racing, endurance racing and surf racing.

The circuit racing will take place in the picturesque grounds of Castle Howard in Yorkshire, with the other two events starting in Scarborough’s South Bay. Parties and other events are planned to accompany the championship.

Fiona Pascoe, director of Thundercat Racing UK, said: “It is a real thrill to see an event of this stature in the UK and Scarborough is a dream location for such a major action sports event.

“We want the whole of Yorkshire and the rest of Britain to join us and be involved in an unforgettable spectacle.”

For more on the event, head to the Thundercat UK website .