BUCS Surf Championships

The BUCS Surfing Championships, in association with Ticket To Ride Worldwide Surfing Adventures, had an incredible 340 surfers compete over three days at Fistral Beach, Cornwall last weekend (16 – 18 October 2009). 

British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) who runs the competition for student surfers partnered with surf adventure company Ticket To Ride, south west legacy trust RELAYS, University College Falmouth, Outgoing.co.uk and the British Surfing Association to offer a weekend of professional surfing and surf culture for competitors and spectators.

The Championships included men’s and women’s individual and team competitions. Swansea University’s women’s team retained its team title and UCP Marjon took the men’s team Championships.

Mark Brian, Head of Sports Programmes at BUCS said: “The BUCS Surfing Championships kicked off the sporting season for BUCS and this year’s event exceeded all our expectations. We had a record number of entries for the event and thanks to smooth organisation from the British Surfing Association we were able to get 340 surfers in the water over the three days.

“Conditions were perfect with great waves and clear weather really enhancing the surf festival atmosphere for the 750 spectators who came out to watch our best student surfers in Cornwall this year.”

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Taylor Knox tries Lagido near Supertubos

No shortage of action at the Rip Curl Pro Search as high seas and heavy storms destroyed the event structure at the primary site of Supertubos last night before dealing out unruly six-to-eight foot (2 metre) surf at the backup site of Lagido.

Event No. 9 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Search went on hold this morning after salvaging the wreckage of the primary site structure at Supertubos and opting to wait out the onshore eight-to-ten foot (3 metre) surf at Lagido. The wait would not prevail and event organizers opted to call competition off this afternoon.

“We really wanted to run today, but the site structure at Supertubos is too badly damaged today and the conditions at Lagido never materialized,” Damien Hardman, Rip Curl Pro Search Contest Director, said. “We’re still seeing plenty of swell on the fore and better weather so we’ll be back at Supertubos tomorrow at 8am tomorrow.”

Surfline, official foreseers for the 2009 Rip Curl Pro Search, are calling the current Northwest swell to maintain throughout the next couple of days.

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Ben Skinner

Witha great swell forecast and a full line up of competitors including someof the best longboarders in the country the third ‘Jesus LongboardClassic’, run by Christian Surfers UK, was all set to be the mostexciting and competitive to date.

Surfers had travelled from a far afield as Yorkshire, Wales and Kent to enter the event. The weekend did not disappoint in any way with fantastic two to four feet waves, areally high standard of longboard surfing, and the all-round goodvibrations and family atmosphere the Jesus Surf Series is now becoming renowned for.

As in previous years the event was supported byCornish longboard specialists “Nineplus”, and Polzeath’s community charity “Tubestation”, who provided a first rate contest hospitalityvenue. This year the event was also supported by “Surfs Up! Boardriders” and “Wave Hunters”, based in Polzeath, giving some greatPolzeath community input into the competition.

The two-day event saw over eighty competitors battling it out in four categories: Women’s Open, Juniors, Masters, and Open divisions. There were also two specialtrophies added this year: the “Wavehunters Longest Noseride”, which was won by Sennen’s Sam Bleakley with a ten second noseride, and the“Surf’s up! Most Progressive Manoeuvre”, which was taken by current European Longboard champion Ben Skinner.

With the largest number of women surfers competing in this year’s event it made for a really competitive division, but it was Porthtowans Dominique Kent that dominated from the start, adding to her 2007 title by winning again this year. Juliet Marlow (Braunton) also surfed well throughout the event and came second, with Karma Worthington (Croyde) and AlexaPoppa taking third and fourth.

It was great to see such a highquality of surfing from the younger surfers, with the clear stand outin the Junior division being Mike Lay, who went all the way to take thetitle. Bude’s Lewis Stritch took second with Trev Garland only 0.1 point behind in third. With great performances in earlier rounds ZacLawton took a well-earned fourth place.

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