Jesus Surf Classic
Christian Surfers UK
Croyde Bay North Devon
12 - 13 September 2009
Jesus Surf Classic Part 1 - Sunny warm weekend, top skateboard action and three surf categories completed
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 15 September, 2009 : - - After a very difficult week of checking charts, forecasts and making difficult decisions the 17th Jesus Surf Classic went ahead in very sunny 1-2ft clean waves. Held over the weekend of September 12-13 at Croyde Bay, North Devon.
The Open, Junior, Womens and Masters divisions had been put on hold but we still hoped to run the Youth, Cadet and Womens U18 divisions.
Setting up the contest site on the Friday evening felt a little like Noah building the Ark with no sign of rain, but as Saturday morning dawned the small swell lines started rolling in, and after sending out a few groms to test the water, it was decided to run the Youth division.
As the first heats got under way the sets kept on coming and rounds one and two were completed on the pushing tide. After a break for the big move skate contest to take place, on the Christian Surfers mobile skate park, and to wait for better conditions as the tide dropped, the Youth Division was completed. Newquay surfers Dale Foster was crowned the champion, with Sam Harwood taking second only 0.2 points behind.
Tas Knight ( Georgeham ) came third after scoring a 9.2 in the semi final, with St Ives surfer Harry De Roth taking fourth. The first round of the Womens U18 event also ran in brilliant sunshine on a beautiful, warm autumn day. Great crowds remained throughout the day, enjoying the skate park action, chilling in the marquee watching the movies, or filling them selves up on the BBQ, home made cakes and the BBQ.
Women's finalists : photo courtesy Christian Surfers UK
As Sunday morning dawned it looked like the ocean had gone flat, but as the tide pushed ( And many prayers later ) the sets pushed in and lasted all morning, meaning the Womens U18 semi final and final could be completed, as well as the Cadets divisions. The under 18 womens was taken very narrowly by Tassy Swallow ( St Ives ) ahead of Zoe Sheath ( Newquay ), with the Knight sisters from Georgeham battling it out for third and fourth; Harriet coming third and Peony ( Aged 11 ) coming fourth.
A special mention must go to North Devons Knight family, as they had three girls in the Womens Under 18 semi final, and Taz doing so well in the Youth event.
The Under 16s (Cadets ) had been chomping at the bit all weekend and finally got their chance on Sunday morning in 1-2ft clean waves. In a very close final Patrick Daniel ( Hayle ) came out on top, with Beau Bromham ( Georgeham ) taking second. Newquays Harry Timson took third and Tom Good came fourth.
In the Big Move skate contest on the Sunday the 13 and Under winner was local skater Dan Oliver, and in the 14 and over Luke Cooper from Frome took the title at a packed skate park built specially for the event in the carpark.
Patrick Daniels : photo courtesy Christian Surfers UK
It is fair to say that before the event the chance of waves was looking very slim, and the contest organisers at the final presentation thanked the Creator of the waves for blessing the contest with just enough swell to run the 17th Jesus event. The weather was great and there was a fantastic vibe throughout the weekend. A massive thank you to all the surfers for their patience and their enthusiasm throughout.
Christian Surfers UK would like to thank in particular all the Christian Surfer volunteers from around the country, Parkdene Holidays, the RNLI, St John Ambulance, Christian Skaters UK for providing and running the Skatepark, the surfers of Croyde for sharing the waves during the weekend, and God for providing just enough.
The October dates for the remaining four categories to be run will be announced very soon.
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