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Cornwall hosts Home Nations Challenge

Defending champions England will have to be on top of their game at the 2005 Gotcha Home Nations Challenge in Cornwall.

BBC Cornwall Surfing Correspondent Simon Alexander reports from the line-up.

Last year, England narrowly defeated Wales in Rest Bay when only two teams took part.

Next month, surfers from Guernsey and Jersey, Ireland and Scotland will also feature at the speciality event at Watergate Bay, in Newquay, which showcases the best junior talent in Britain.

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Gotcha Poster

South West surfers ensured England captured the inaugural trophy with Newquay's Tom Butler and Jayce Robinson leading the way. Butler's single 8.8 point ride was enough to clinch top spot in the Cadets best wave section. Robinson, from St Ives, won the overall Cadets division

The battle for the prestigious team title this year will be fought out over eight different disciplines, including U14's, U16's, Longboard, Bodyboard for both girls and boys and the fiercely competitive U18's where junior surfers will exhibit their talent before they have to compete at the Open (adult) level.

The contest is aimed at developing the performance of both junior surfers and team selectors of the UK's national surfing teams before they compete on a European and international level.

Even though the Welsh team lost out on home territory in 2004, the event helped team selectors choose their strongest team to travel to The European Championships, in Portugal, where  Bethan Mason achieved second place in the girls U18 division.

Contest director and ESF spokesman Paul Jeffery said: "Its always great to see the junior surfing talent of this country showcased so I'm over the moon that Gotcha are supporting this event again, plus we can't wait to see what the Welsh team come at us with this year."

The competition takes place on June 25 and 26.

Tollemache aims to fight back to fitness

South Devon pro surfer Eugene Tollemache is hoping to return to competition this summer after breaking his neck in an horrific wipeout in South America.

Injured Eugene Tollemache
Injured Eugene Tollemache

The former English champion, from Totnes, is recovering following surgery in London to fuse together the broken vertebrae.

Tollemache, captain of the UK Resin8/Saltrock team, was injured surfing heavy beachbreak waves in Peru last year.

A one-time chef for Padstow-based Rick Stein, he is setting his sights on competing in this season's British Professional Surf Association Tour although is expected to miss the forthcoming Sri Lanka Air Champion of Champions in Arugam Bay at the end of next month.

Last year Tollemache, who's fearless attitude to big waves has earned him special respect, came down with Dengue Fever after being shipwrecked on an Asian surf safari.

"It's going to be a long painful walk," he told BBC Devon. "as well as the BPSA competition's, I'm aiming on going to ireland on the North Devon Saltrock trip in July, then onto the Hebrides or France in late August ahead of Indonesia in September. But will have to see how things."

Surf Action helps tsunami relief

A charity surf auction in Newquay raised almost £12,500 towards regeneration projects in tsunami affected Sri Lanka and Indonesia.

More than 40 donated lots went under the hammer, directed by father and son auctioneer team Brian and Bradley Start.

An original Damien Hirst painting donated by the artist, was the subject of intense interest and was eventually sold to an Italian collector for £6,700.

The auction was organized by Tsunami Surf Relief UK (TSRUK) in association with Carve magazine and is one of a series of fundraising events planned by surfers and the surf industry for this year.  It brings the total raised by the group to over £30,000.

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