International shuffleboard tournament underway in St. Pete

2013 marks 100th year for shuffleboard in Florida

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - St. Petersburg is the backdrop for its first major shuffleboard tournament in thirty years, as it hosts the International Shuffleboard Association's World Singles Championship this week. The event is taking place at the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club.

Players, 160 of them, from thirteen different countries, are participating.

It is not a coincidence that this year's championship is in Florida. Shuffleboard made its way from being exclusively on cruise ships to being played on solid ground in the sunshine state in Daytona 100 years ago this year, according to the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club.

Ages of competitors can range significantly. Competitors this year vary from 16 to 88 years old, according to the ISA.

Some, like competitor Bernar Borges of Brazil, had never been to Florida before.

"I have many shuffleboard friends from all over the world, and it's great to see them one time per year," Borges said.

The tournament runs through Friday, Oct. 25. Admission for spectators is free. A full schedule can be found at http://www.world-shuffleboard.org/index.php/official-schedule-st-pete.

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