Saturday 11 October 2014 was always going to be a challenging day the organisers of the 2014 Jesus Surf Series, Christian Surfers UK. Not only were they holding the Jesus Longboard classic, in its eighth year at Polzeath ( North Cornwall ), but they were also completing the remaining three categories of the Jesus Surf Classic at its traditional home of Croyde Bay in North Devon.
The previous five categories has attracted over 80 competitors, and were completed back in the middle of September, but the lack of waves predicted for that Sunday meant that the remaining categories were held over until Saturday 11th October.
Conditions this year for the part two were not fantastic, but the organisers and surfers all had a great ‘can-do’ attitude which meant that a really good days surfing took place for the 45 competitors in the remainder of the event.
Whilst the event did not have a large marquee and the skate park that were erected in part one, there was a number of gazebos and mini marquees, which provided hot drinks, freshly baked cakes, and a barbecue.
Conditions started with cleanish two foot waves rolling in to Croyde, but as the large spring tide receded it meant the waves also got smaller and a bit messier. The weather in the main was cloudy, and dry, until a large shower of biblical proportions tested even the most ardent of judges on top of the judging vehicle.
The organisers however were pleased to see that this shower soon passed, the sun shone, and with the push of the tide the waves for the finals so increased. The first of the finals saw a strongly contested Masters (over 35’s ) final this year with Budes Paul Kirby, winning the event closely followed by Alex Boardman also from Bude. In tough conditions, Tiverton’s Lee Parkins took third ahead of Steve Harvey and Paul Ashton. As always the Masters event took place with smiles on faces and in a great spirit.
The Junior category (under 18’s ) had seen some strong surfing from all involved up to the final, and in the final this year Newquays Angus Scotney took the title ahead of Will Bailey from Georgeham, fellow local surfer Alex Gibson and Wadebridge’s Rhys Barfield.
In the final event of the day Bude’s Joss Ash took the title of 2014 Jesus Surf Open winner, for the third time ahead of the south coast chargers Danny, and brother Gary Wells, with local favourite Taz Knight not quite getting the waves he needed back in fourth place.
There was also a very special trophy, ‘The inspirational surfer’ trophy , which is a commemorative trophy, initiated this year,which will be handed out annually in memory of long time supporter of Christian Surfers, and larger than life character Phil Pechonis, who sadly passed away from cancer a few months ago. This year this was awarded to Joss Ash’s for services to surfing over the years, and the role model has been so many. He and Phil had spent many hours talking about faith and the important things that matter in life – a fitting winner.
With half of the manpower at the Jesus Longboard event, contest director Phil Williams closed the event by paying tribute to all those who had contributed to this years very successful event, particular the RNLI, Parkdene holidays for their ongoing support of the event, the ‘Hotdoggers’ surf club for the use of their vehicle, the cake bakers, and of course the numerous volunteers from Christian Surfers around the country who give up their time freely.
Phil shared about Phil Pechonis’s qualities that mattered to him, community, friendship, family and of course faith. A true legend that will be missed but not forgotten.
Christian Surfers UK will continue to support the remaining surfing events around the country between now and the end of the year, starting with the Elusive Welsh competition, the UK Pro Surf Tour at all as it moves up to Scotland, and the Surfing GB British Championships. If you would like any more details about the work of Christian surfers UK, log onto www.christiansurfers.co.uk
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