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British Waveski Championships 2014

A long trip over to Manorbier for the British Waveski and Surf Kayak Championships – only for there to be no waves! The event was relocated to Freshwater West where there was a small wave, and since the forecast for the 2nd day was completely flat the main open kayak categories were abandoned to a future rerun date. This allowed enough time in the single day to get through the masters, ladies, juniors and ski categories. I competed in the waveski category, coming 2nd in my heat and 4th in my semi final, meaning joint 7th place overall. Not bad for the biggest event I competed in this year and means I managed to finish the year in 2nd place in the British Waveski rankings and 3rd in the English Surf Kayak rankings (Ski category). Result!

Black Rock Surf Kayak Competition 2014 Video

Black Rock Surf Kayak Competition April 2014

A loooong trip down to Widemouth Bay for the annual Black Rock Surf Kayak Festival this weekend. On Saturday it was the handicap event with 43 competitors signed up. 4 or 5 people per heat, 5 minutes to paddle out, 13 minutes to score, your top 2 waves count, and then everyone gets reshuffled for the next round. The difficult conditions on the day meant that there were only 2 rounds instead of the usual 3. After 2 rounds your heat positions get added to your handicap score to determine your place in the handicap event (lower scores being better). Separate and parallel to the handicap event is the short boat event, so the top 8 short boats then went into semi-final and final to determine the English ranking positions.

The Sunday events were all the separate categories for long boats, masters, juniors, ladies and waveski, with 15 minute heats. I finished 3rd in the Waveski category.

Black Rock Bude Surf Festival, Shoreline, Saturday 26th April 2014

Short Boat – Open
1 Chris Hobson
2 Aidan Brackenbury
3 Jack Horwell
4 James Hawker
5= Glyn Brackenbury
5= Ed Long
7= Philip Watson
7= Tim Thomas
9= Tom Iggledon
9= Jim Winter
11 Marc Holland
12= Austen Davies
12= Paul Bramble
12= Marc Woolward
12= Dave Merrifield
12= Ewen Arkison
12= Paul Fordham
12= Quinton Truscott
19= Matt Long
19= Glen Scott
19= Eugene Christophers
22= Darren Freestone
22= Andy Wildman
22= Jack Davies
22= Robert Maddock
22= Rachel Wall
22= Gareth Spendiff
22= Tom Thornton
22= Torran James
30= Andrew Hawker
30= Neil Ewins
30= Rich Berry
30= Richard Whittaker
30= Emma Fishleigh
35= Pete Blenkinsop
35= Chris Skardon
35= John Woods
35= Dylan Petherick
35= Andy Bailey
40= Jack Williams
40= Joel Coniston

Handicap results
1 Jim Winter
2 Paul Fordham
3 Darren Freestone
4 Torran James

1 Tom Thornton
2 Adrian Thorn
3 Richard Whittaker
4 Torran James
5 Mark Trise

Long Boat – Open
1st – Chris Hobson
2nd – Robert Maddock
3rd – Philip Watson
4th – Aidan Brackenbury
5th – Tim Thomas
6th – Ed Long
7= Darren Freestone
7= Paul Bramble
7= Glyn Brackenbury
10 Jack Davies

Short Boat – Masters (40+)
1st – Simon Hammond
2nd – Marc Woolward
3rd – Gary Adcock
4th – Rich Berry
5th – Neil Ewins

Short Boat – Junior
1st – Torran James
2nd – Jack Williams
3rd – Jack Davies

Long Boat – Masters
1st – Gary Adcock
2nd – Darren Freestone

Short Boat – Women
1st – Emma Fishleigh
2nd – Rachel Wall

Long Boat – Women
1st – Emma Fishleigh
2nd – Rachel Wall

Rest is Best Surf Kayak & Waveski Competition, 2014

A trip down to South Wales at the weekend for the first “Rest is Best” kayaksurf competition. The Saturday was a handicap event following the same format as the Black Rock competition, with 23 competitors signed up. High tide at Rest Bay meant the start was postponed until there was some sand available to launch boats from. A few brave souls did head out for a free surf , resulting in one broken (brand new!) boat and a few broken fins! Once the event got underway everyone surfed 2 heats before the surf dropped off. Sunday was relocated to Coney Beach for the semi finals, finals and the separate categories.

British Surf Kayak Championships 2012

After wanting to go for the last couple of years I finally managed to get to the British Open. Onshore conditions meant the competition site was changed from Freshwater West to Manorbier, with accommodation and evening festivities at Shrinkle Haven YHA, so only 700 miles round trip! Footage is from the afternoon of day 1, ladies and long boats – too much hail to get any useful footage on day 2! Congratulations to Team Wales for putting on a great event. The 2013 event is taking place in Ireland.

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Men’s Short boat
British Open Champion 2012 –
1= Corin King
2= Chris Hobson
3= Philip Watson
4= James Hawker
5= Pete Blenkinsop
5= Adam Harvey
7= Marc Woolward
7= Chris Harvey
9= Glen Scott
9= Keiran Mc Dyre
9= Paul Robertson
9= Tim Thomas
13= Tom Iggledon
13= Derek Brown
15= Matt Long
15= Ashley Hunter
15= Glyn Brackenbury
18= James Mc Dyre
18= Marc Holland
18= Paul Bramble
21= Richard Whittaker
21= Ed Long
21= Dan Green
21= James Roberts
25= Jack Horwell
25= Dylan Petherick
25= David Merrifield
28= Chris Watson
28= Sam Davenport

Men’s Long boat
British Open Champion 2012 –
1= James Hawker
2= Corrin King
3= Glyn Brackenbury
4= Philip Watson
5= Chris Hobson
5= Tim Thomas
7= Christopher Olivier
8= Pete Blenkinsop
9= Matt Long
10= Derek Brown
11= William Johnson
12= Ed Long
12= David Merrifield
14= Ashley Hunter

Masters’ Short boat
British Open Champion 2012 –
1= Marc Woolward
2= Andrew Mc Cullough
3= Del Elesmore
4= James O Donnell
5= Darcey Muncer
5= Stuart Mc Glinchey
7= Dennis Mc Dyre
7= Andy Bailey

Masters’ Long boat
British Open Champion 2012 –
1= James O’Donnell
2= Andrew Mc Cullough
3= Del Elesmere
4= Stuart Mc Glinchey
5= Christopher Olliver
6= Darcey Muncer

Women’s Short boat
British Open Champion 2012 –
1= Tamsin Green
2= Emma Fishleigh
3= Rachel Wall
4= Kimberley Valance

Women’s Long boat
British Open Champion 2012 –
1= Tamsin Green
2= Chris Elesmere
3= Emma Fishleigh
4= Kimberley Valance

Junior Short boat
British Open Champion 2012 –
1= Jack Barker
2= Jake King
3= Aidan Brackenbury
4= Andy Mc Clelland
5= Glen Scott
6= James Gossan
7= Connor O Donnell
8= Thomas Evans
9= Jake Vautier

Junior Long boat
British Open Champion 2012 –
1= Jack Barker
2= Aidan Brackenbury
3= Jake King
4= James Gossan
5= Andy Mc Clelland
6= William Johnson
7= Jake Vautier

Scarborough Surf Club May Competition Photos

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Scarborough Surf Competition May 2012

Scarborough Surf Competition Feb 2012

Competition Report Scarborough HP Kayak

The newly formed Scarborough Surf Club held their first surf event in Scarborough North Bay on Sunday 26th Feb,with competition categories for longboard, shortboard and high performance kayak.

There was a great deal of excitement amongst the kayakers gathered early in the morning for the first kayaksurf competition in the North East since 2009. For some it was their first ever competition, for others it was the first event of the 2012 competition season. For everyone it was a chance to meet other surfers, exchange tips and drool over the latest boats, with demo boats available from both Mega Surf Kayaks and Nomad Surf Kayaks. Amongst all the talk of fin systems and layups there was little doubt who was destined for the final – with three world champions in the heats the battle was on to make it into the final with them!

The final was exceptionally tight with all four competitors very evenly matched. Although Chris Hobson claimed the highest individual wave score, consistent surfing throughout the heat enabled honorary local Adam Harvey to just clinch the final, before having to sprint back ashore for his longboard to also claim 2nd place in the longboard final!

Congratulations go to Dave Hanson who made it through to the semis in his first competition, commiserations to Warren Pentelow and Richard Whittaker for falling foul of the yellow bib curse!

1st Adam Harvey

2nd Chris Hobson

3rd Tamsin Green

4th Glyn Brackenbury

Thanks to all the event sponsors and supporters:

Monster Energy Drinks, Mellow Marley, Blue Crush Bar, Centurion Martial Arts, Harbourside House Surf Lodge, Vibe Surf, Secret Spot, Billabong, Nomad Surf Kayaks, Mega Surf Kayaks, Surf Kayak Skills,,

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Scarborough Surf Club: North Bay Surf Competition Feb 2012


Black Rock Surf Kayak Competition 2011

A quick jaunt (only 400 miles each way!) down to Bude at the weekend for the annual Black Rock competition organised by Shoreline Activities. I was only there for the Saturday, which was the High Performance open class day. 37 competitors started the competition in very dumpy low tide conditions. There were three rounds throughout the day, with ten heats in each round. Each heat was 13 minutes long and consisted of 3 or 4 surfers.

Wave conditions improved through the morning with Round 2 providing some much friendlier waves.

I finished in 26th place – not bad for my first big competition and first time in Cornwall! A great day which has whet my appetite for the rest of the season – it’s just a shame all the events are so far away!