The 2014 Posca British Junior National Surf Championships
Fistral Beach, Newquay 27/28 September 2014
The UK’s largest Junior Surf event took place at Fistral Beach in Newquay this past weekend, as the 2014 Posca British Junior National Surf Championships went off in near perfect conditions.
For the first time in its history, the British Nationals were split between Junior and Adults, to cater for the massive demand, a decision not taken lightly by organisers Surfing GB & The UK Pro Surf Tour but a sensible one as entries of 140+ we’re counted up on Thursday & the event was called on with a solid forecast on the horizon.
Surfers were greeted to the contest early Saturday morning by the rolling lines of the ocean swell, arriving at the beach in 3-4ft harmony for this 2 star event and highlight of the Junior Surfing calendar. As the spring high tide dropped back, surfers began to enter the water, the time had come to shine & the sun came out to shed some light upon the matter too.
The U18 boys division sponsored by Adams Surfboards were first to get stuck into the high tide rights peeling into the bay, with local lads Angus Scotney & Dale Foster showing their intent, Harry De Roth showing off his range of manoeuvres & North Devon’s Will Bailey showing critical skills in the pocket. High octane and intense surfing was the name of the game as Surfers had 15 minutes to put their scores together and impress the judges. Heats progressed quickly as soon enough the U16 boys entered the water, Mexico’s Eno James securing progression in his heats scoring 9’s with impressive competitive surfing, whilst Liam Murray Strout, Alex Gibson & George Hudson performed strongly. The U14 Boys division sponsored by BeachBum took on the lower tide, as Fistral showed its might, again Eno took heats wins, whilst Bude’s Stan Norman & Kit Innes looked to be enjoying their heats. The U16 & U14 Girls sponsored by Pommie Grommet entered the water as the tide turned, with solid 3-4ft conditions showing no sign of change, many of the competitors competing in both divisions and thus getting 2 bites at the cherry. Mischa Maguire, Jersey’s Kittie Brewer & Bude’s Ellie Turner all performed well, whilst the judges were impressed by 10year old Australian Raya Campbell who performed beyond her years and experience level to progress to day 2.
Despite the continued run in swell, the limited banks to interrupt the swells path at high tide Fistral mixed meant that competition went on hold for just over an hour. This of course allowed time for the Sunday morning breakfasts to sink in and coffees to circulate around the parents, supporters and staff. Relaxed music filtered around the contest site which this year saw the inclusion of Surfdome, who provided giant bean bags & deck chairs so a comfortable wait was had by all.
The U12 Open were first in after the delay and were chomping at the bit. The little rippers put on quite a show, mature performances were on show from Stan & Bertie Norman, Noah Capps & Aiden Hopkins, whilst Croyde’s Jake Arrowsmith showed impressive control of techniques with long drawn out roundhouse cutbacks into the beach and Jerseys Will Masterman used his recent European experience to deliver the goods. The U18 Girls soon got their chance to don the competition rashy and with stacked heats across the board it was a tough round with strong performances from surfers Emily Currie, Peony Knight, Flora Lawton, Ellie Turner, Kitty Brewer & Ellen Harding.
Following some close calls and tough battles in quarter and semi-finals, it was time for the final showdowns and for champions to be crowned. The U12 Open sponsored by 110% Surfing Techniques title was deservedly taken by Bude’s Stanley Norman, with Jersey’s Will Masterman taking 2nd, Kingsbridge’s Noah Capps in 3rd & local Aiden Hopkins finishing 4th. Following Will’s 2nd place, the Jersey crew weren’t finished as Kittie Brewer put together another fantastic heat to take the U14 Girls title sponsored by Pommie Grommet, local Micha Maguire came in close 2nd, whilst Welsh favourite Ffion Hughes & Australian Raya Campbell performed well taking 3rd & 4th respectively. The U14 boys sponsored by Beach Bum was a fascinating final with Eno James continuing his fine form and taking the title, U12 champion Stanley took 2nd, Seth Morris surfed with fluidity and class all weekend finishing in 3rd & Patrick Langdon Dark made it a 3rd & 4th finish for Wales with a progressive performance.
The U16 girls title was taken by Bude’s Ellie Turner, surfing strongly throughout and deserving the silverware, Micha Maguire followed up her 2nd place U14 medal with another whilst Kittie Brewer again performed well and took 3rd, whilst Truro’s Ruby Breadon earned 4th place. The U16 Boys was a fascinating battle for the top, but Harry De Roth’s backhand hacks proved the difference as he took the title, with fellow Rip Curl rider Angus Scotney taking 2nd place, Mexico’s Eno James couldn’t quite find the higher scores and took 3rd, as George Hudson performed well and came in 4th. The U18 Girls final took place as the mid tide pushed, rights and lefts threw up scoring opportunities and Bude’s Emily Currie power surfed her way to the win, Ellen Harding surfed strongly and took 2nd place, whilst Croyde’s Peony Knight & Flora Lawton took 3rd & 4th showing excellent surfing but just not quite finding the scores needed. The U18 Boys sponsored by Adams Surfboard was a fast passed and exhilarating final the growing spectators at Fistral were treated to a show. Local lad & Adams Sponored rider Dale Foster delivered the goods and took his highest finish in competition to date and taking the British title, coming in a very close 2nd was u16 champion Harry De Roth, whilst Croyde’s Taz Knight went for the aerial approach but couldn’t quite stomp them and finished in 3rd, with Liam Murray Strout putting plenty of turns together but not quite enough and took a the 4th place medal.
Upon reflection, this was a fantastic event that highlighted the depth of talent within the UK, thankfully Mother Nature co-operated and the surfers took their chance to show their impressive talents. Surfing GB & The UK Pro Surf Tour would like to thank the sponsors Posca Pens, Surfdome, Calypso soft drinks, Acer computers, Adams Surfboard, Pommie Grommet, Beach Bum, 110% Surfing Techniques, Ocean Lodge & Britanic industries for their support, and all the staff and volunteers for making it possible.
12 Open sponsored by 110% Surfing Techniques
1st Stanley Norman, 2nd Will Masterman, 3rd Noah Capps 4th Aiden Hopkins
U14 Girls sponsored by Pommie Grommet
1st Kitte Brewer, 2nd Miscka Maguire, 3rd Ffion Hughes, 4th Raya Campbell
U14 Boys Beach Bum
1st Eno James, 2nd Stanley Norman, 3rd, Seth Morris, 4th Patrick Langdon Dark
1st Ellie Turner, 2nd Miscka Maguire, 3rd Kittie Brewer, 4th Ruby Breadon
1st Harry De Roth, 2nd Angus Scotney, 3rd Eno James, 4th George Hudson
1st Emily Currie, 2nd Ellen Harding, 3rd Peony Knight, 4th Flora Lawton
U18 Boys sponsored by Adams Surfboards
1st Dale Foster, 2nd Harry De Roth, 3rd Taz Knight, 4th Liam Murray Strout