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Huntington Beach, California
14 - 22 October 2006
Silver Medalist Ben Skinner Returning Home to Heroes Welcome
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 24 October, 2006 : - - Twenty one year old Ben Skinner is now on his way back from his amazing achievement at the World Surfing Games in California and tomorrow morning will bring the silver back to the home of British surfing, Fistral Beach in Newquay.
DATE: 25th October 2006
VENUE: Fistral Blu, North Fistral Beach, Newquay
DETAILS: British Longboarder Ben Skinner returns to Newquay and shows off his silver medal from the World Surfing Games
Ben will be joined by other Freespirit British team members, juniors who are currently undergoing special British Surfing Association training at Fistral Beach, key members of the BSA and personalities from the history of British surfing. Those attending will mark the occasion in the traditional way by covering Ben in champagne and hearing what it feels like to be a medal winner in what is the equivalent of the surfing Olympics.
This is the first result at this level by a British surfer for over 40 years and is a timely mark for the 40th anniversary of the British Surfing Association. Ben surfed amazingly in his Longboard section of the World Games final, beating surfers from Hawaii and Australia to take the second place.
Overall the British team also achieved their ambition of coming within the top ten nations in the world, taking ninth place out of 33 countries. Top surfers Alan Stokes and Sam Lamiroy made it into the quarter finals of the Open category and Gemma Harris, a bodyboarder from Wales, made it to the third round of the repercharge before being knocked out.
A British judge, Joanne Hillman, was also given a major recognition for her judging commitment and skill throughout the event. Her average scoring was 92% and as a result she has been invited to judge at the next World Surfing Games in Portugal.
Team Great Britain: www.britsurf.co.uk
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