English National Surfing Champs 2015

Bring on the waves and the action. The UK’s top surfers will gather at Watergate Bay on the Bank Holiday weekend from Saturday 2 to Monday 4 May to compete for national titles. If you’re not a competitor, it would be a great weekend to ‘take a beach day’ and watch the action from some of the countries top surfers, many local to Cornwall.

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This year the 43rd English National Surfing Championships will be spread across 14 divisions including Open, Longboard, Masters, Veterans, Ladies and Juniors. Conditions dependent, we would expect to see top-class surfing from 10am to 4pm each day.

Competition entries are now being taken online and competitors will be trying to steal the crown from open-winner and St Ives local Jayce Robinson, Emily Currie who took the Women’s crown, Adam Griffiths in the Longboard section and Harry de Roth in the Under 18 Boys. Former winners Russell Winter and longboarder Ben Skinner are also confirmed to be entering, as are Watergate Bay locals Jessica Tuckman, Jaide Lowe and Luke Dillon.

Hannah Craig, joint project manager from Cornwall College whose students are organisation the event, said: “This year we’re expecting quite a high tide during the competition hours, which is great for spectators as it’s easy to see what’s going on in the water.”

Surfing will take place between 8am and 6pm over the three days with The Beach Hut’s newly covered deck providing the perfect viewing platform to soak up the action, open between 8:30am and 9pm each day.

The event is free to attend. For more information visit: www.facebook.com/englishnationalsurfingchampionships.

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Firmly established on the European surfing calendar, the English National Surfing Championships is a unique event hosted by Extreme Academy and organised by Surf Science and Technology students from Cornwall College’s Newquay campus.

A total of 28 students are working alongside Dave Reed from the UK Pro Surf Association and Andy Sturt from the English Surfing Federation to organise the event (pictured below).

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Tyler Worth, joint project manager from Cornwall College, said: “We are really excited to be working on the event and are hoping to bring something new to the table for the English Nationals with a team almost twice as big as last year.

“Working with the English Surfing Federation, UK Pro Surf Tour, Cornwall College and Watergate Bay, alongside other sponsors, we are expecting a phenomenal weekend showcasing the talent that England’s best surfers such as Russell Winter, Alan Stokes, Jaide Lowe and Luke Dillon have to offer.”

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New this year, the students will also be holding a Black Tie & Boardshorts evening to raise funds for the English Surfing Junior Team on 1 May.

There are stacks of great prizes to be won at the raffle; photo shoot sessions, zoo and aquarium tickets and also two Day Memberships donated by Watergate Bay Hotel.

As the event is a fundraiser, any further offers of help, prizes or donations would be gratefully received. Please contact [email protected] Tickets for the Black Tie & Boardshorts event are available online.

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A new sea safety campaign called the Safety Education Awareness Student Project (SEAS) developed by the students will also be launched at the Nationals. The project will see information and workshops rolled out to schools across the country to help raise awareness about the dangers on or around our beaches.

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The event is free to attend. For more information visit: www.facebook.com/englishnationalsurfingchampionships.

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