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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!

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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

Ski
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.

Gopro Highlights 2013

End of year video (watch in HD if you can):

Waveski & Kayak Surfing

Waveski and kayak surfing so far in 2013, Yorkshire and Cornwall….

Waveski – The last wave of the day

The last wave of a nice little waveski session.

Waveski Turns Analysis

Scarborough South bay in small (2 foot-ish) summer surf. Some self coaching via video, looking at what I am actually doing going into turns and cutbacks.

Spindryft 2012 clips reel

Canoeing, Coasteering, White Water Rafting, Kayaking (sea, whitewater, surf), Waveskiing, Adventure Swimming….2012 was pretty good!

SCA Surf Development Day @ Coldingham Oct 2012

SCA surf development day at Coldingham Bay. A lovely little bay but it got very crowded at times. A pod of dolphins were catching air for quite some time just outside the bay.

Surf Kayak Yorkshire 2012

An end of season  clip I have done for the Yorkshire region AGM later in the month. Filmed at Scarborough throughout 2012.