Croyde Surf Club
13 June 2014
Teams representing six pubs in Croyde and Georgeham battle
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 18 June, 2014 - Surfing for most folk is about enjoying some waves and having a laugh. That is something Croyde Surf Club obviously hasn’t forgotten. Friday saw the club’s first Interpubs contest, sponsored by St Austell Brewery Charitable Trust, kick off in style.
Teams of six representing the six pubs in Croyde and Georgeham aimed for bragging rights and hoped to get their hands on the trophy. As the sun blazed and the surf rolled, riders from the Thatch, Billy Budds, Blue Groove, The Manor, Kings Arms and the Rock took to the water.
Each team consisted of two shortboarders, a veteran, woman, longboarder and bodyboarder. The six-surfer heats unfolded in hilarious fashion as scores were awarded for drop-ins and other outrageous manoeuvres. Worried about impartiality, organisers called in judges from Woolacombe – and Archie Willis and Paul Barrington proved their worth, somehow making sense of the madness and proving they were almost incorruptible.
The title was sealed by the Thatch with an epic display in and out of the water from Hannah Collins who beat all the lads in the final challenge. Croyde chairman Rob Whitney said: “It must have been a good one because most of us can’t remember it. “Sunshine, waves, good music and cold beer – with such a good vibe we can’t wait to do it again next year and make it bigger and better.”