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Joss Ash was last year's winner. Pic: Clive Symm

English Nationals Preview

One of the largest surfing events is about to celebrate its 35th birthday. The English Nationals will see some of our top surfers in action at Watergate Bay in May.

The English National Championships is one of the largest surfing contests in the world, covering all the surfing disciplines.

This year’s competition at Watergate Bay, Newquay will be the biggest yet, with more than 300 competitors battling it out over 24 divisions.

It is a unique event that incorporates varied age groups and abilities, so that everyone can take part. For some it will be their first taste of top level competition, while for others it is an important start to their annual contest calendar.

Reubyn Ash
Cornwall's Reubyn Ash

Headworx team rider and former English Junior Champion Johnny Fryer says "I've had some good winter training this year, and feel confident about my surfing right now. I had great success last year which has given me a huge confidence boost.

"The English Nationals has always been a major event and I'm looking forward to fighting it out for the title. The competition is always fierce, as winning the title means so much."

In 2006 it was a family affair with Joss Ash claiming the coveted English Open Champion’s crown and his younger brother, Reubyn becoming Junior Champion.

With continued support from the English Surfing Federation, Reubyn went on to lift the European Junior title in the same year as part of the Headworx England Surf Team. 

This year's event will see the return of the Ash brothers as they aim to retain their crowns but they will face stiff opposition from the likes of British Champion Sam Lamiroy, BPSA Junior Tour Champion Matt Capel and Newquay favourite Alan Stokes in the Open division. 

Johnny Fryer
Johnny Fryer is hoping to clinch the title

The longboarders will perhaps face the toughest challenge in trying to depose current World Number 2 Ben Skinner from his English crown, whilst the Ladies Open promises to be a great battle as the standard continues to improve year-on-year.

Picturesque Watergate Bay will once again stage the event and over recent years has proved to be a great host. This beautiful sandy beach offers some of the best waves in the country with numerous surf breaks along its three mile length.

The Championships are run by the English Surfing Federation - a non profit making organisation dedicated to the support and development of English surfers.    

This year's contest will be staged from Saturday 5 May to Monday 7 May 2007.

last updated: 05/04/07
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