Alan Stokes: taking the lead of British surfing

Alan Stokes has claimed the 2012 British National Surf Championships, held at Newquay, the capital of surfing in United Kingdom.


In two days of competition, surfers rode quality waves over 120 heats. There were riders coming from Portugal, Ireland and the Canary Islands to challenge the British stars.

"I am so happy to be winning a British Title in my home town, and with my Nan here today it makes it an extra special win today!", says Alan Stokes, who took the Open surfing division.

The Sunday finals got underway in epic conditions and set the scene for the competitors to show the best of what they could do. From aspiring young grommets to Veteran surfers the stakes were high.

Keisha Eyre was the best female surfer in the water. She took the Under 16 division and the Women's category. Gearoid Mcdaid won the Under 16 title and secured a fourth place in the Under 18 division.

"Next year, we are going to be taking our top surfers to compete on the global stage and they are looking 100% committed. From what I have seen this weekend the levels of performance have gone up yet another notch", adds Lloyd Cole, Surfing GB's head coach.

2012 British National Surf Championships Results:

Open:
1. Alan Stokes
2. Stuart Campbell
3. Micah Lester
4. Sam Lamiroy

Womens:
1. Keisha Eyre
2. Ellen Harding
3. Lucy Campbell
4. Tassy Swallow

Under 18 Girls:
1. Tassy Swallow
2. Ellen Harding
3. Lucy Campbell
4. Peony Knight

Under 18 Boys
1. Jobe Harris
2. Luke Dillon
3. Miles Lee Hargraves
4. Gearoid McDaid