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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Matt Lumley

We are stoked to announce our newest Aussie team rider Matt Lumley!

Twenty-eight year old Lumley from Torquay, Australia has been riding for a mere 2.5 years and is already dominating the sport. His home break is Bells Beach at Torquay Point and his favorite board is the 9’0” Nalu.

Recent accomplishments include 4th place at Noosa Surfing Festival, 1st at the Victorian Titles, 1st at Mambo 2008, 1st at the Cruise to the Cerbus Race 2009, and 2nd at the Australian Titles. 

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Rip Curl Pro Peniche

Stormy seas and heavy rain have forced event organizers to call a second, consecutive lay day for the Rip Curl Pro Search.

Stop No. 9 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Search experienced bigger waves on offer this morning but opted not to run due to the poor quality of the conditions. With eight days remaining in the waiting period, event organizers have optioned to activate the new competition format, featuring elimination, man-on-man heats from the outset.

“We’re obviously off this morning with victory-at-sea conditions and heavy winds,” Damien Hardman, Rip Curl Pro Search Contest Director, said. “The winds are heavy out of the Southwest at the moment that are projected to go heavy Northwest by 10am so it is onshore all day. This is the supposed to be the worst day for weather so we’ll be back in 8am tomorrow morning to reassess conditions.”

Surfline, official foreers for the 2009 Rip Curl Pro Search, are calling a major Northwest swell s filling in this afternoon and into Wednesday and Thursday.

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 8am for a possible 8:30am start.

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