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British Longboard Union National Champs
British Longboard Union
Woolacombe Beach, North Devon
21 - 22 April 2012
British Longboard Championship gets off to a flier
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 27 April, 2012 : - - The first round of the 2012 British Longboard National Championships was held at Woolacombe Beach in North Devon over the weekend of the 21st and 22 nd April. The event was sponsored by Cook Island, Old Guy’s Rule with the event being supported by the National Trust, the BLU’s Environmental Partners.
Conditions on the Saturday were a crumbly 2ft and onshore, while not the best, it didn’t stop the 60 plus competitors producing some outstanding performances. Sunday produced an equally early start (with more persuasion) in an attempt to pre-empt the forecasted onshore gale. Conditions were tough however there was some excellent surfing, especially in the Open where Ben Skinner was scored a 10 by one judge resulting in him taking the men’s final with only a point separating 1st to 4th.
The National Trust provided a great venue with tents, vehicles and a judging trailer of a standard not seen at many surf contests. Cook Island, the pub/Restaurant, supplied the venue for the pre-contest briefing and Saturday night carvery and music which was hugely popular, hungry surfers can eat and eat!! Old Guy’s Rule expanded their support of the Masters to include the new Grand Masters Division this year which was very welcome and appreciated.
Vic Danks, BLU secretary, said that many of the contestants expressed thanks and appreciation at the hospitality of both Cook Island and the support of the National Trust in providing a mini event village and judging vehicle of such standard and size. “This was the first time they had hosted a surf event on Woolacombe, and for a first attempt I am not sure how it could be bettered”.
It was good to see the new Grand Masters division supported by some new competitors, as well as some who had moved from the Masters, which remained fully subscribed. The Ladies enjoyed an expanded entry over the usual 4-6 entrants to require 3 heats of entrants to accommodate some of the new entrants to the tour. Ben Haworth was back to defend his 2011 Open division title against Ben Skinner, (current European Champion) and Adam Griffiths, last years English title holder.
Rob Joules Watersports co-ordinator for the National Trust said “The BLU organised a really professional surf contest and it was great to be able to host it in an area that the National Trust works so hard to conserve. It was brilliant to see all ages competing and there was a really great sociable atmosphere around all weekend.”
The newly introduced U16 Girls produced two entries who were game enough to paddle out on the Sunday for a surf off in shocking conditions for the youngsters. Hats off to these girls for having a go
1. Ben Skinner
2. Ben Haworth
3. Adam Griffiths
4. Nick Dowrick
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Author: Rob Joules / National Trust / Vic Danks
Tags: British Longboard Union, National Trust, North Devon, Longboard