- 07 November 2011 | Windsurfing
Jamie Hancock won the 2011 Cornwall Wave Classic, in epic conditions. With a record breaking 81 windsurfers, the event say many new faces. Ben Proffitt is the new 2011 BWA champion.
The standard was at an all time high in the Women's fleet, as the twelve ladies gave it everything they had got in the tough conditions. Lucy Robson was on fine form all day ripping the waves to pieces to secure her first place finish in the final. Pura Vida and Simmer Rider, Sarah Bibby pulled out all the stops to claim second place, and Jo Wright impressed the judges to finish in third.
In the Masters, yellow Jersey Holder Mark Lloyd dominated another event, claiming the BWA Masters Championship. He was followed by Bill Dines and Ian Overington who put on a great show. Local boy Chris Jackson showed great riding.
Luke Raistrick showed great skills to take this year's Youth title. Tom Bennett-Lloyd won the event, whilst Matt Cox impressed the judges with a third place.
The huge Amateur fleet was genuinely stacked with talent, and a few of the tour favourites went out early to some hot contenders. The student contingency were ripping and despite the contest waiting for sunday after the second round lost light and tide, the judges pulled out their highest scores and best impressions to call the top 3 spots.
All the riders are proud to be on Simmer using Simmer, Fanatic and Quattro boards between them. In the end it was Pura Vida Teamrider Lewis Merrony that impressed the most with his powerful riding style and a show winning Gu-Screw off the lip. Amateur Champ and SX Teamrider Aleksy Gayda earned second place, closely followed by the indistinguishable South Wales Twins Rob & Duncan Sheldon. Alfie Hart, Ryan Humphries, George Bolwell and many others all gave notable performance in their heats.
There was some of the best sailing on the tour shown by pretty much all the riders in the Pro fleet, and with such a high standard it was a challenge to get through. The judges were looking for the two best wave rides in the powerful conditions, and the sailors certainly delivered.
Huge aerials, goiters and super-aggressive slashes saw Andy "Bubble" Chambers, Franklin & Marshall rider Chris Murray and Adam Lewis advance through their heats with great performance, but in the end it was Jamie Hancock that took the well earned victory in the single, with Simmer Rider Ben Proffitt in second and Starboard's Timo Mullen in third.
Final results of the 2011 British Wavesailing Association Championships:
Champion: Ben Proffitt (Simmer)
Vice Champion: Phil Horrocks (JP,)
3rd: Andy 'Bubble' Chambers (JP, Neil Pryde)
Champion: Aleksy 'Lecky' Gayda
Vice Champion: Lewis Merrony
3rd: Alfie Hart
Champion: Sarah Bibby (Simmer)
Vice Champion: Kariina Pirhonen
3rd: Debbie Kennedy
Champion: Mark Lloyd
Vice Champion: Danny Geereedhary
3rd: Lee Medway
Champion: Tom Bennett-Lloyd
Vice Champion: Liam Ellis
3rd: Luke Raistrik