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Sam Bleakley

Cornsih longboard ace wins British title

Current European Longboard Champion Sam Bleakley has won the British Open title for the first time.


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

Current European Longboard Champion Sam Bleakley has won the British Open title for the first time.

The Sennen surfer, who is recovering from a knee injury sustained while training in Noosa, surfed through the pain to take the title with his trade mark super smooth style.

Ben Skinner

In a close final held in glassy 3 foot surf at Fistral Beach, in Newquay, Bleakley edged out newly-crowned English Champion Ben Skinner, from Jersey.

Ex British, Welsh and European Champion Chris 'Guts' Griffiths, who not only came 3rd in the Open final but also took the Masters and Senior titles, along with fellow Welshmen Elliot Dudley completed the Open final line-up.

Defending champion Lee Ryan bowed out in the semi's along with Welsh number one Dan Harris.

Plymouth University's Malcolm Findlay narrowly missed out on the Veterans title to Steve Lynton due to his second interference call of the competition.

A record number of surfers entered the Women's division with Juliet Marlow from North Devon taking the title ahead of Dominique Kent.

Regaining his form after losing the English title to James Parry, Adam Griffiths took the Junior Division.

This year saw the restoration of the Home Nations Trophy, which went to England.

British Longboard 2005 Results:

Open   
1 Sam Bleakley England
2 Ben Skinner Jersey
3 Chris Griffiths  Wales
4 Elliot Dudley Wales
Women
1 Juliet Marlow England
2 Dominique Munroe England     
3 Nina Blake Jersey
4 Emma Fitzhenry England

Junior
1 Adam Griffiths England 
2 Joe Davies Jersey 
3 Ben Haworth England
4 James Parry England

Masters
1 Chris Griffiths Wales
2 Eric Davies England
3 Tim Mellors England
4 Shaun Marlow England
 
Veterans     
1 Stephen Lynton England
2 Malcolm Findlay Scotland 3 Eric Davies England 4 Vic Danks England

Senior
1 Chris Griffiths Wales
2 Chris Webb England
3 Colin Bright Wales
4 Tim Mellors England

last updated: 31/05/05
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