Bude Surf Classic
Newquay surfers enjoyed great success in the waves at the Bude Surf Classic in May. Ben Skinner came first in the Longboard division and Andrew Griffin took the Open first prize. Find out more about the event held at Widemouth Bay.
Forecasts during the week leading up to the Bude Surf Classic had been changing daily and it was clear by the end of the week the low pressure was going to cook up quite a storm and present some tricky conditions for the surfers.
With his first Bude Surf Classic win, Andrew Griffin from Newquay took the Open first prize with some powerful surfing through-out the contest. Despite an incredible 9.1 ride local boy, Reubyn Ash couldn't find a back up and took second. Brother Joss took 3rd with Eugene Tollemache from Wadebridge coming in fourth.
Ben Skinner and co
Current English champion Newquay's Ben Skinner showed us all why he is one of the world’s best longboarders coming first in the Longboard division, despite breaking his board in the semi-final. Nathan Carter from Bude came second just ahead of Angus Murray from Buckfastleigh, with Newquay's Gary Woodward coming in fourth.
The Junior final was a very close fight between Newquay's George Picking and Toby Donachie from St Merryn, with George taking the win, despite Toby looking the favourite throughout the contest. Zak Lawton from Croyde took third place and Josh Daniel from Hayle came fourth.
The Ladies final took place in chunky onshore conditions. Sophie Hellyer from Bideford came out the winner followed by St Ives' Tassy Swallow, with Sarah Shelton-Palmer third.
Tackling the north Cornwall waves
The Under 14's category had the biggest entry with 27 competitors. They amazed everyone by taking on the challenging waves and impressed us all with the quality of surfing. Miles Lee-Hargeaves sneaked the win by 0.2 points ahead of Jobe Harris. Lee also took home the Dick Willoughby Cup, given to the most outstanding grom. Harry Timson couldn't match his 9.3 ride in round one and took 3rd with Alex Gibson taking 4th.
The bodyboard division was won by Danny Catten from Portreath ahead of Phil Milson who had travelled all the way form Oxford.
Organisers Christian Surfers UK will be supporting numerous other events throughout the year as well as organising the 'Jesus Surf Classic' in Croyde in September and the Jesus Longboard Classic in Polzeath during October.
last updated: 20/05/2009 at 08:32