Postcard from Panama #4

Day one of the contest and the long months of preparation and training, fundraising and travelling are finally culminating at the water’s edge, as the GB juniors cheer their first team mates into their heats.

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The draw put British Surfers onto podium 1 and 2 at the same time so we have Max Payne and Will Davey in the water, surfing in u-16 and u-18 heats respectively. Max got off to a great start and followed his opening couple of rides with a bomb left, throwing in some smooth carves and a fine forehand smash that had the judges sending him through to round 2 without question. On Podium 1 Will Davey had a plan and stuck to it, sitting patiently for a nerve jangling 5 minutes before the wave he had been waiting for came through for him- a sweet lefthander that offered a nerve settling opening ride. Hefollowed it up with a perfect combination of top- to- bottom backhand carves. Job done.

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Next up on podium 2 was Angus and he was unlucky, we all felt, not to progress- The best of his waves was one of the waves of the heat and he duly delivered a trademark Scotney tail slide. The British crew on the beach were whooping and sure he’d made the score… but he still needed a back-up and it just never came for him.
In at the same time on Podium 1, Miles Lee Hargraves was oozing the sort of confidence that previous experience at this level inspires. There never seemed any doubt that he would make his heat one the first wave was in the bag, and his snappy destruction of the rights was duly rewarded by the judges.
A long wait in the searing heat was followed by Taz and Luke’s turn. Taz paddled in determined, but the low tide was offering few scoring opportunities on podium two, and he was consigned to the reperchage with Angus, where a long haul awaits. Meanwhile on podium one Luke ground out a fine victory in the windy low tide conditions, surfing with determination and aggression that left no doubt about the outcome.

All in all it’s been a good opening day for the GB team with 4 out of 6 who surfed progressing and all our u-18s still in the qualifying rounds. Monday will see the girls in and the last of our u-16 and 18 round one surfers.
Everyone is knackered. Its HOT out there. Fitness and stamina are going to play a big part in this contest.

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Breo watches, competitor wristbands

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Calypso in Red

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Yoga before the comp starts

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Angus, about to go in

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and then unlucky to get 3rd with a big tail slide on this wave

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Max payne’s smooth carves earned him a well deserved progression

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Max, Job done

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Miles lee hargraves using his experience to take second in his heat

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Will Davey, fine performance in his heat

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and Job done

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Taz struggled to find the right wave at low tide, this was the one that offered a score but this opening turn needed a big finish to take the score into the mid range that was needed to progress

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Luke Dillon used all his experience and cruised to a well- earned first in his heat, smashing this low tide right

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Luke Dillon takes first

Thanks to all the Supporters who have thrown their weight behind the GB Junior team

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