The UK Longboard champions: guess who's James Parry

The final round of the 2010 British Longboard Championships was held on Saturday 18th September. Contestants were greeted with 1-2ft clean conditions which soon deteriorated to 1-2ft onshore dribble making it difficult for all contestants, especially those weighing over 150 lbs.

The decision was made to run the event all in one day due to concerns regarding Sundays conditions. Cold on-shores from the NW meant that judges had a tough time of it in the bracing wind. With all divisions, except the Ladies, still wide open on the morning of the contest, it would prove to be a tight finish for those divisions.

Candice O’ Donnell, who was crowned Ladies British Champion at the 3rd event by winning the first three events (best 3 out of 4 events) went on to a clean sweep to win the fourth event as well. The Open division was wide open with Ben Skinner having missed an event had to get to the final in order to secure the title again this year.

However it was not to be with Ashley Braunton, James Parry and Ben Haworth showing good form all the way to the final knocking Ben out in the semi final round. The eventual event winner and British Longboard Champion was James Parry from Sennen who has been on top form all season. Similarly with the Junior U18 division, Zak Lawton took top place for the series with Josh Le Marquand missing top spot by only 10 pts.

In the Cadets Under 16 , Alex Maddocks took the title here with wins in 3 out of 4 events. The Masters event produced a different Champion this year, Paul Keeno Keenan of North Devon. This was also keenly contested with Keeno fighting off Colin Bright to win the tour by a margin of only 90 pts.

Open British Champion: James Parry
Junior U18 British Champion: Zak Lawton
Junior U16 British Champion: Alex Maddocks
Ladies British Champion: Candice O’ Donnell
Masters British Champion: Paul (Keeno) Keenan

Eli Steele: he steals the show

Caloundra rising star Eli Steele today captured the 16 and under Boys division of the Sunshine Coast Ocean and Earth Teenage Rampage, qualifying for the international leg of the popular junior surfing series.

Held in fun waves at Coolum Beach (Sunshine Coast, Qld), Steele stylishly attacked the beach break peaks, scoring a combined two-wave heat total of 14.07 (out of a possible 20) including a 7.40 ride (out of a possible 10) in the final to defeat Jake Fissenden (Caloundra, Qld), Nick Callister (Noosaville, Qld) and Jackson Lynch (Coolum, Qld) who finished second to fourth respectively.

Steele said each year he always enjoys surfing in the Ocean and Earth Teenage Rampage.

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Dane Reynolds: a leap of faith

Heavy wind and rain is cutting through the two-to-three foot (1 metre) lineup at Culs Nus Beach this morning, prompting event organizers to call a lay day for the Quiksilver Pro France.

Event No. 7 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the Quiksilver Pro France kicks off the European leg for the elite ASP Top 34 and a projected improvement in conditions could see Round 1 commence as early as tomorrow.

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