Russel Winter 

Russell Winter wins 2008 Elusive Welsh Open in one of the best finals the UK Pro Surf Tour has had too date. The surf, the weather and the performances all came together for a spectacular finally to the weekend’s entertainment.

The old guard of Spencer Hargraves (Newquay) and Russell Winter (Newquay), who both individually have won pretty much every title in the UK and Europe, went up against the new up and coming surfers Matt Capel (S Devon) and Reubyn Ash (Bude). This provided an explosive final with spectacular surfing from all finalists, which included the two highest scoring waves of the event, for Russell Winter 9.83 and Reubyn Ash 9.00. The eventual final placing was first Russell Winter, second Reubyn Ash, third Matt Capel and fourth Spencer Hargraves.

In the Women’s division it was incredibly close throughout the final. But eventually Kathleen Spears (Croyde) managed to pick up the best wave of the heat in the dying seconds to score 7.0 and take the win. Second place went to English Women’s Champion Holly Donnelly (Newquay), Third to Australian Raine Jackson and fourth Bournemouth Surfer Jenny Horbas.

The Pro Junior with a record entry showed how much talent is beginning to emerge in British surfing. An in-form Josh Piper (Newquay) narrowly defeated a charging Reubyn Ash, third place went to Jayce Robinson (St Ives) and fourth Lyndon Wake (Croyde).

Relentless provided a Money Manouvre Award of £250 for the best Cutback at the event, which was held by many of the surfers as the contest progressed, but eventually was claimed by finalist and new ratings leader Matt Capel in his semi final heat.

King of Watersports .com provided a ‘King of the Wave’ prize, a top of the range Sector 8 Skateboard to the surfers, male and female who scored the highest scoring waves throughout the contest. The Women’s Award went to Kathleen Spears, who in her semi final heat scored a 9.07 out of a possible 10 points. The Men’s to eventual Contest winner Russell Winter, who in the final scored 9.83, which included a 10 point scores from two of the judges and a 9.5 from the third.

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World Surfing Games 2008

The Portuguese government announced today the opening of seven surf centres in the country.

Laurentino Dias, the Portuguese secretary of state for youth and sports, attended the third day of the 2008 World Surfing Games and greeted the european waveriders with astonishing news.

«We have to support those sports in which Portugal has good natural conditions, like surfing. So, during the World Surfing Games, I would like to announce that the government will open seven surf centres throughout the country. One will be located here in Costa de Caparica», Laurentino Dias said.

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Irish Surfing Association 

Irish surfers are set to celebrate next weekend (18/19 October) at the fortieth Rossnowlagh Intercounties Surfing Championships.

Often described as the All- Ireland of surfing, the Rossnowlagh Intercounties is very much a social as well as a competitive event attracting surfers of all ages from the four corners of Ireland.

When the event was first run in 1968, Down beat Wicklow in the final. With little or no waves between them it is no surprise that neither county has featured in the final since.

Over the years three counties have dominated the event, Antrim during the seventies, Donegal in the eighties and Waterford in recent decades. Other past winners include Fermanagh, Derry and Leitrim.

Amazingly Sligo, a county that has produced many top competitive surfers over the years has only taken the title once with other strong surfing counties such as Clare, Kerry, Cork and Mayo never taking the title. Mayo has come close in recent years making the final on a number of occasions.

Many of the thirty-two counties will be represented at the weekend even counties such as landlocked Offaly and Laois.

Defending Champions, Waterford will be out in force to secure another title to bring the Vinny Britton Cup back to the Deise for the third consecutive year.

Only time will tell if there is another county out there that can halt their challenge.

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