2016 English National Surfing Championships in association with Quiksilver and Roxy - Watergate Bay, 30th Apr - 2nd May.
The 2016 English National Surfing Championships hit the headlines recently after becoming the first National surfing contest to announce gender equal prize purse.
The English Surfing Federation are now proud to announce their Associate Sponsor for the 2016 English National Surfing Championships as Quiksilver and Roxy.
Contest Report - Harry Adams
The early May Bank holiday of 2016, Watergate Bay played host to the English Surfing Federation's, English National Surfing Championships in association with Quiksilver and Roxy, who through their support of the Event had competitors of all ages from the U12s to the over 45 year old veterans and promised for the first time equal prize money to both the male and female surfers in the Open and Longboard Categories.
The event started off on a beautifully sunny day, gradually getting busier and busier as it progressed. At 7:30 in the morning a solid queue began to develop as check in for the junior events started, and by 7:45 the queue was snaking its way back towards the Watergate Bay Hotel.
The south westerly winds created a nice surf for the juniors in the morning, with some nice lines rolling through for the groms to show the judges exactly what they can do on a wave. Credit has to be given to the juniors for their constant enthusiasm and passion, surfing their way through declining surf conditions. In the evening of the first day, the organisers and the judges made the decision to postpone the finals until the next day due to the surf, but this didn’t dampen the atmosphere at all. With the beach full of families, dog walkers and surfers from both the competition and those who had come down on a sunny bank holiday to give surfing a crack. The DJ made sure that the soundtrack for the first day of the competition was perfect, playing everything from Prince to Basement Jaxx. The voice of commentator booming over the tannoy not only kept everyone up to date with the competition, but also keeping everyone laughing with his ramblings on anything that he felt was necessary to share with the beach.
Typical English Bank Holiday weather met those who made it down to the beach on the Sunday, with the competition surrounded with a constant drizzle. The wind howled around the beach making sure that everyone that had been looking forward to the extra day of their weekend was thoroughly drenched whilst watching the surfing. Alongside the Junior finals the first few heats of the men’s and women’s open, long boarding events and the under 18 events progressed in small but competitive conditions, those who had made it out to watch the action were met with a array of talent from various categories. The presentation for the junior events was in the evening, and whilst the families of the competitors crowded around the award tent, the children stood relaxed, boards under arm, waiting to hear which one of them had won.
Waking up on the final morning the Competitors were met with a grey sky that promised rain. Arriving at the beach, the conditions looked Sizeable and heavy, the surf forecasters had promised it would gain in size as they day progressed, a promise they didn’t break. As we worked our way through the events of the day, the surfing conditions slowly started to pick up. The veterans, masters and seniors were the first of the finals, followed by the under 18 events. As the Under 18 girls got into the water the waves began to get a bit heavier and they faced a brutal paddle out back for their final. The long boarding, men’s and women’s final followed on from the Under 18 events and as the conditions picked up it encouraged the surfers to show the judges why they should be going home with the prize money. The Men's final didn’t disappoint with Alan Stokes pulling off an awesome floater and Reubyn Ash stomping a massive backside air reverse. The weather slowly turned round to beaming sun again, with the miserable Sunday being sandwiched with two days that finished off with warm sun and smiling faces.
The presentation began for the winners of each event with Reubyn Ash from Bude winning the Men’s Open, Ellie Turner from Bude winning the Women’s Open, Ben Skinner from St Agnes winning the Mens Longboard and Emily Curry from Bude winning the Women’s Longboard. Ellie Turner deserves a special mention for her absolute dominance in the tournament, winning the Under 16’s, Under 18’s and Women’s Open, not a bad weekend for Ellie as a whole, in fact not a bad weekend end for Bude. As the final day drew to an end, the scenes were perfectly fitting for a surfing competition; sunny, full of family and friends laughing and joking and contestable surf conditions with some extremely talented surfers showcasing their skills to all those watching.
The Final event listings;
Under 12 Boys; 1st - Sam Hearn 2nd - Bertie Norman 3rd - Thomas Reeves 4th - Ollie Keast
Under 14 Boys; 1st - Stanley Norman 2nd - Noah Capps 3rd - Woody New 4th - Sam Hearn
Under 16 Boys; 1st - Kit Innes 2nd - Stanley Norman 3rd - Fynlee Millar 4th - Barnaby Cox
Junior Longboard; 1st - Jack Unsworth 2nd - Joe Hornbuckle 3rd - Max Hudson 4th - Beth Leighfield