Surfs up!

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On 25th and 26th October, Crantock beach near Newquay hosted the finals of the BLU 2014 series in some fairly blustery weather. If you were walking on the beach you may have seen groups of surfers wearing brightly coloured vests paddling out through the white stuff. Alternatively, you may just have seen a group of hardy judges, hunkered down in the back of our pickup trying to judge the competition and shelter from the worst of the wind! Here’s an event report from Vic Danks from the British Longboard Union.

The final event (event # 4) of the series was held at Crantock in solid 4-5 ft surf with off/side shore winds.
Strong performances in heavy surf at a challenging Crantock Beach decided the divisional championships for 2014.

Big thanks to our main sponsors, The Bowgie and the National Trust. Big thanks to all our other sponsors, Custard Point, Robies, Ocean and Earth. And thanks to the RNLI for providing cover for the event.

Event results can be found at http://www.british-longboard-union.co.uk on the ‘results’ page with highlights below. Final standings will also be published on the BLU website.

2014 Division Champions

Open Ben Skinner (with four straight wins)
Single Fin Equal first Connor Griffiths & Ben Skinner
Ladies Claire Smail
U16 Boys Jack Unsworth
U18 Boys Jack Unsworth
U18 Girls Equal first Maisie Marshall & Emily Currie
Masters Colin Bright
Grand Masters Colin Bright

If you’ve been inspired to test the waters and give surfing a go, North Cornwall is definitely a good place to look. There are surf schools at many a National Trust beach including:

Holywell Bay – http://www.holywellbayschoolofsurf.com or http://www.cornwallsurfacademy.com
Crantock – http://www.crantockbaysurfschool.com
Sandymouth – http://www.koatreecamp.com

Tom
North Cornwall Ranger

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