English National Surfing Championships: youngsters are dangerous

The best English surfers will be crowned in the 2011 Extreme Academy English National Surfing Championships, between 30th April and Monday 2nd, in Watergate Bay.

Surfers will battle in three divisions and will ride waves from early morning through to completion, in a single day.

"This year’s event is special in that we will be able to look at the surf forecast and pick the best surfing day. This will give each surfer the best opportunity to advance and ultimately win and it will be great for spectators because they’ll be able to watch the country’s top surfers put on a show in the best conditions available to us", says Andy Sturt, director of the English Surfing Federation.

"Surfers will be competing in the Open, Ladies and Longboard divisions and the contest will form the basis on which the selection will be made for the English surfing team to compete in the European Surfing Championships in Ireland in September."

Jayce Robinson (Open), Ben Skinner (Longboard) and Sarah Beardmore (Ladies) will be defending their 2010 titles at Watergate Bay.

In the last year, established surfers including Sam Lamiroy, Reubyn Ash, and former champion Oli Adams were all eliminated in the early rounds by the young finalists, with North Devon pair Lyndon Wake and Stuart Campbell both putting in stellar performances.

But it was St Ives surfer Jayce Robinson who became one of the youngest ever English champions, aged 20.

The longboard division will as usual be keenly contested. Last year’s champion Ben Skinner will no doubt look to stamp his authorityon the event, but James Parry and Ben Howarth will do their best to gain top honours surfing their blend of traditional and progressive manoeuvres to impress the judges.

A significant number of the ladies have been abroad for winter training and will be keen to wrest the title from Sarah Beardmore, from Poole, who is returning to the country from overseas to defend her title and will be a subject of an ITV documentary.