Jobe Harriss: looking good

The 19th Jesus Surf Classic was surfed in a great atmosphere and with some quality rides at Putsborough. Croyde Bay once again was the base for this long running and very successful event organised by Christian Surfers UK.

Conditions for the eight categories started off on Saturday morning with a stiff onshore wind and sets of around 2ft – 3ft, with showers and a few bright spells. However as predicted the swell grew considerably, so twin peaks were run throughout the day.

Nick Williams (Voice of the UK Pro Tour) also shared his amazing story of surviving a shark attack in South Africa just two days after he got married. A truly miraculous story.

Sunday the contest was moved to the more sheltered option of Putsborough. The remaining six heats were greeted with 5-6ft clean waves with very few out, and the remainder of the event was wrapped up in great conditions, with some solid surfing from all involved, both UK based and travelling Aussies.

Stanley Norman, 8, placed 4th in both the U12’s and U14’s. The final of the U12’s was hotly contested with South Wales Cieran Hughes taking the winners cash and trophy. North Devon’s Storm Wall, and Gavin Clay came 2nd and 3rd, with Stanley Norman from Bude taking 4th. North Devon’s Alex Gibson, took his 1st U14 title, in a tight final, defeating Georgeham’s Will Bailey and Tyler Roger from South Wales, with Stanley again coming 4th.

In the Junior Women’s division (Under 18) there was a familiar name on the trophy with Looe’s Gabi Rowe celebrating retaining the trophy, ahead of Laura Crane from Braunton who once again surfed well to take 2nd ahead of Lucy Campbell and 13 year old Flora Lawton.

In the U16’s (Cadets division) Taz Knight was able to take his 1st Jesus Surf Classic title, ahead of last year’s winner from Hayle, Patrick Daniel, Bude’s Jobe Harriss, and Alex Gibson.

In the hotly contested Men’s Junior (U18) category final, Jobe Harriss surfed really well to hold off Croyde based Beau Bromham , Dale Foster was 3rd and Ben Bennett 4th.The women’s final saw an excellent contest in tough large conditions with Laura Crane taking her 1st win, cheque and trophy, ahead of Woolacombe’s Lucy Campbell . Gabi Rowe was third, with Flora Lawton doing really well to get 4th.

The Masters (Over 35’s) event this year was probably the most hotly contest since its inclusion eight years ago, with two quality semi-finals and a very entertaining final. Newquay’s Roger Knight after a 3 year absence came back strongly to win, beating locals Charley Charlesworth, and Paul Ashton. Bude surfer Paul Kirby had a tough paddle, and came 4th.

The final event of the event saw a great final in clean large conditions between four top class surfers in the Open Final. Jobe Harriss, on fire on the day took his 1st Jesus Surf Classic trophy and £300, ahead of last year’s winner Stu Campbell. Croyde lifeguard Jordan Reed reached his 1st JSC open final coming 3rd, and ex WQS travelling surfer Eden Hage who had surfed so well up until the final took 4th.

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