The 2015 Aquajuice British Schools Surf Championships

2015-Aquajuice-British-Schools-logoIt is official, Surfing GB’s 2015 competition season has begun and the season is now in full swing as we saw the trophies awarded, bragging rights distributed and stoke shared in Bude over the weekend of April 25th & 26th in a record breaking 2015 Aquajuice British Schools Surf Championships.

122 entries from 38 Schools made up the entry for the event, which is a new record and confirms this events place as the most prestigious Schools surf event in Britain. In typical British fashion Mother Nature had a tough time making her mind up on the conditions she wanted us to play with, so as the forecasts twisted and turned in the build-up the event was eventually called on, with the reports suggesting a weekend of changing weather systems but plenty of swell.

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As dawn broke on day one of the event the surf pushed in at around the 2ft range and the vibe was of excitement and eagerness to get in the water. The first event of the year always providing an opportunity for the surfers to show how they have progressed, whilst being given a weekend to enjoy with their friends only adds to joys of spring as winter becomes a fading memory. The sponsors Aquajuice, Surfdome, Acer, Billabong, Santa Cruz, Carve Visionaries, Elements Hotel and Vospers motors all contributing to create a comfy and enjoyable hub for competitors and supporters in the small tented village erected for the event along the cliff edge overlooking the contest area.

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Stanley Norman

Day one was one for the younger competitors as the contest officials awaited the larger swell forecasted for day 2, but with almost 40 surfers in the U16 boys division the task in hand was to cater for the mass entry. 15 minute heats and a highly competitive entry made for exciting viewing with wave selection high on the surfers agenda. 8 hours of surfing later and the tide withdrawing it was time to call it a day.

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Lilly and Esme #PreHeatSelfie

6:30am on day two was the moment contest officials arrived at the beach and said their prayers and called on Poseidon and Huey to wake up and give us some waves. Someone was listening anyway as the tide turned and a morning of fun waves in the 2ft with the occasional 3ft range with some superb banks allowing for perfectly formed peaks to arrive from the shore line and the high scores began to drop.

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Eno James nailed 2 of these in 1 heat

 The finals commenced as the crowd looked on from the cliff top, music and commentary filtering through the air as oooo’s and ahhh’s could be heard by the teams and their supports as their surfers hit the lips and chucked buckets in search of the judge’s approval.

oooo’s and ahhh’s could be heard by the teams

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Emily Currie – Victory 5 

As the hooter went for the boys under 18’s final the points were calculated and the winners were confirmed. Bude Haven A were the champion team as their team of 6 accumulated the most points for their performances and placings over the 2 days, congratulations on retaining your title. The individual champions and finalists were as follows and if you want to see ALL of the heat results and individual surfer’s wave scores for the event, click on the links below the results. It isn’t quite the WSL heat analyser but it’s a start…

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Results

Under 18’s Boys sponsored by Santa Cruz

1st – Charlie Rio (Les Quennevais School)

2nd – Rhys Barfield (Truro)

3rd – Max Payne (Truro)

4th – Liam Murray Strout (Wadebridge)

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Under 18’s Girls

1st – Peony Knight (Braunton)

2nd – Emily Williams (Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw)

3rd – Emily Currie (Budehaven)

4th – Kitty Brewer (Jersey College)

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Under 16’s boys sponsored by Carve Visionaries

1st – Eno James

2nd – Liam Murray Strout (Wadebridge)

3rd – Kit Innes (Budehaven)

4th – Seth Morris (Sir Thomas Picton)

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Under 16’s Girls

1st – Ellie Turner (Budehaven)

2nd – Kitty Brewer (Jersey College)

3rd – Bethan Lewis (Ysgol Bro Myrrddin)

4th – Ruby Breadon (Penryn College)

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Under 14’s Boys sponsored by BILLABONG

1st – Stanley Norman (Budehaven)

2nd – Seth Morris (Sir Thomas Picton)

3rd – Noah Kapps (Kingsbridge)

4th – Leo Reeves (Mounts Bay)

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Under 14’s girls sponsored by BILLABONG

1st – Ellie Turner (Budehaven)

2nd – Kitty Brewer (Jersey College)

3rd – Ffion Hughes (Cowbridge)

4th – Lily Mandeville (Ilfracombe)

5th – Bonita Whitelock (Mounts Bay)

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U18 Boys Longboard

1st – Charlie Rio (Les Quennevais School)

2nd – Jordan Zervas (Tretherras)

3rd – Rhys Burton (Budehaven)

4th – David Currie (Budehaven)

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U18’s Girls Longboard

1st – Emily Currie (Budehaven)

2nd – Ruby Breadon (Penryn College)

3rd – Beth Wallace (Budehaven)

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HEAT SCORES AND DIVISIONS

2015 Aquajuice British Schools – U14Gsb

2015 Aquajuice British Schools – U14Bsb

2015 Aquajuice British Schools – U16Gsb

2015 Aquajuice British Schools – U16Bsb

2015 Aquajuice British Schools – U18Gsb

2015 Aquajuice British Schools – U18Bsb

2015 Aquajuice British Schools – U18Glb

2015 Aquajuice British Schools – U18Blb

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