UK Schools Pro-Am
Fistral Beach, United Kingdom
11 July 2015
Juniors fight it out for title at UK Schools Pro-Am
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 14 July, 2015 - Fistral Beach, United Kingdom - In pumping 3-4 foot conditions with occasional bigger sets, the UK’s top junior surfers fought for the title of UK Schools’ Surf Pro-Am champions. The event is now in its 2nd year and a key stop on the UKPSA Pro Tour, organised by Treviglas Surf Academy, with under 18, 16 and 14 girls and boys divisions, as well as an under 12 open event to cater for the younger surfers. A full entry field with many of the UK’s top juniors in attendance meant that the standard of surfing was as high as possible.
Surfers represented schools from across the UK, including Wales, England, Jersey and the Isle of Wight. The sun shone as the surfers showed off their skills in the UK’s premier surf arena of Fistral Beach.
The first heat into the blue waters of Fistral Beach was the under 18 boys kindly sponsored by Fistral Beach, featured a standout performance by Charlie Rio representing Les Quennes school in Jersey, laying down a marker to the other competitors.
Treviglas’ Greg Salter surfed a great heat to secure the 2nd place spot and progress into the next round. Greg said ‘it was fun out there with steep and bouncy sections. My strategy was to sit out the back and wait for the bombs’.
Welsh Surf team member Rhys Barfield put in a solid display of top to bottom surfing, with power evident in the buckets of spray being thrown on his turns. This was rightly rewarded by the Pro Tour judges, placing Barfield in first place. Liam Murray Strout took the second place and progressed.
In heat 3 Harry De Roth, the current UK Pro Tour Junior leader, surfed a solid heat to take the win, with Max Payne putting together a stylish performance honed on the waves of North Cornwall to take 2nd. Dave Reed, contest director said that ‘the surfers enjoyed pumping conditions today in the premier stadium for competition surfing, Fistral Beach.
With such a high standard of surfing seen in each division, the event gives our juniors the much needed competition experience to take their surfing to the next level’. This high standard seen in the under 18 boys was present in every division of the event.
In the Fistral Beach Under 18 Boys division Harry DeRoth wins his second event on the tour this year consolidating his position at the top of the UKPSA rankings. Second went to an inform Rhys Barfield with third to Jersey’s Charlie Rio and fourth, also from Jersey Hayden Bishop
The Fistral Beach Bar Pizza U18 Girls was won by Croydes Flora Lawton, her first win on the UK Pro Surf Tour, 2nd went to Peony Knight, also from Croyde. Third was Bude’s Emily Currie with Newquays Mischa Maguire taking 4th
Dritek Under 16 Boys was taken out by British Squad member Liam Murray Strout from Port Issac, 2nd Sol Hawkins, 3rd Newquays Kameron Matthews and 4th Jerseys Will Masterman
Snugg Wetsuits Under 16 Girls division was won by Ruby Breadon, her first win on the UK Pro Surf Tour, 2nd last years winner Mischa Maguire, 3rd Tilly Theobald and 4th Exeter’s Rosie O’Neill.
In The Under 14 divisions the Boys was won by Barnaby Cox, 2nd went to Will Masterman, 3rd Jordan Zervas and 4th Max Hudson. The Girls division winner was Charley Fox with Tegan Blackford taking second.
The youngest category in the event, the Adams Surfboards Under 12 Open was won this year by Exeters Sam Hearn, again his first win on the UKPSA tour, 2nd Taylor Baird, 3rd Jake Arrowsmith and 4th Luke Barfield brother of Rhys who was runner up in the Under 18 Boys.
Winning the School Title St Ives School, showing the depth of talent coming from West Cornwall with their surfers winning two of the catagories. Second place went to Tretherras School and third Truro College.
The event is a joint venture between the UK Pro Surf Tour and Treviglas Surf Academy. Ellis Attwell of Treviglas Surf Academy said that ‘today was a wonderful showcase of the best of British Surfing. Students of our Surf Academy, the UK’s only post 16 full time course where students study 4 post qualifications in addition to lifeguard and surf coaching awards, helped organise an amazing national event.
Enterprise education is at the heart of Treviglas College, that’s why we are the current holders of the national Enterprise Award. For this event, we wanted to really push the students out of their comfort zones and give them key roles within the team. They stood up to the challenge and all shone, notable examples included Nathan Elson using his lifeguarding skills to police the busy contest zone and Lucie Donlan putting her recent judging qualification to great use, Lucie said ‘today was such fun, all the experienced judges were really supportive and whilst normally I’m competing, today I got to understand the key criteria judges look for and this will not only help my surfing, it’s made me realise that I want to develop as a judge further and judge in the UK and overseas’.
Tom Reed took on the key role of tabulating, making sure the event ran smoothly. Greg Salter represented the Surf Academy and did well in the under 18 division. All in all it was a great performance by the team and I’m really proud of them. If any students have just finished their GCSEs and want to gain great level 3 qualifications and have great fun in the process, get in touch with Treviglas Surf Academy’.