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Bude's Reubyn Ash has won the Open title at this year's Surf Relief Day. The stormy wet weather didn't dampen the spirits of the professional surfers and school youngsters who took part in the annual Surf Relief Day in Newquay.
The two-day event, held at Cornwall’s Watergate Bay, raised over £4,000 for the charity Surf Relief UK to fund their ongoing 'SurfAble' project, which provides specialised surfing lessons for disabled children all over the country.
Newquay's Tom Butler - Pic: Jason Feast
The day proved to be successful for north Cornwall surfer Reubyn Ash. He was the Open winner saying on Saturday:
"Conditions were really hard on Friday so there was a bit of luck to get through that, but today it got a bit better because it was more manageable. There was more of a contest rather than just a paddle battle."
After Friday’s challenging conditions, surfers in the UK Pro Surf Tour were pleased to see a marked improvement in the waves, with the 2-3ft swell given decent shape by a light cross/offshore breeze.
Tassy Swallow enjoyed success
Two St Ives surfers put in outstanding performances: Harry De Roth finishing first in the Under 12 Open division, and BBC Cornwall's diary blogger Tassy Swallow winning the Under 16 Girls but just missing out to Swansea's Beth Mason in the Women's competition.
Croyde's Beau Bromham won the Under 16 Boys division ahead of Leon Mansfield (Newquay).
The event started with an 'Ocean & Beach Day' for over 100 Cornish schoolchildren on Friday 17 July. Despite strong winds and leaden skies the children took part in rugby and surfing coaching sessions.
Friday also saw the participation of children from Doubletrees School near St Austell. The pupils, whose disabilities range from autism to physical conditions, enjoyed surfing lessons run by specially-trained instructors from the SurfAble network of surf schools.
last updated: 20/07/2009 at 13:21