The North Devon Schools Surfing Championships is an important fixture on the surfing calendar. It represents surfing at grass roots level and is a remarkable stepping stone for budding athletes and professionals alike. Previous winners of this contest have gone on to represent Devon in the Atlantic Games and Great Britain in the Junior World Championships. Students from the surrounding 12 local schools compete in a variety of events for both personal and team glory. The NDSSC is such an important event as it encompasses competitors of all levels, from the individual knock-out events to the fun Tag-Team event. Each under 16 student who competes can earn points for their school, and every year it turns out to be highly competitive.
Ilfracombe’s Alex Gibson 2013
The NDSSC was first started by the Trisurf Project back in 2005 held at Woolacombe beach and has continued with the support of local teachers from Ilfracombe Arts College, who were part of the initial European Funded project. The Championships have moved venue over the years to each of the local beaches but we’re extremely proud again, to be a part of this years’ Goldcoast Oceanfest at Croyde.
2013 Champs Ilfracombe Academy
Competition this year is expected to be at an all-time high, with The Ilfracombe Academy defending their title from hot contenders Pilton Community College and Braunton Academy. Athletes to look out for this year in particular are Storm Wall (Pilton) and Alex Gibson (Ilfracombe) who promise to deliver powerful manoeuvres. Will Bailey (Braunton) has just returned from Ecuador competing for the National Team with Surfing GB, and will certainly impress.