Report of Jesus Longboard Classic
9th October 2007
What a great weekend and event !!
The 2007 Jesus Surf Series, came to a close, with great waves and weather at Polzeath over the weekend of 6th and 7th October. The first ever Jesus Longboard Classic took place in 3ft clean offshore waves, with some October sunshine.
The event attracted 60 competitors in 4 divisions, including some of the UK’s top longboarders in each division. The event was organised and run by Christian Surfers UK, and supported by ‘The Tubestation, Polzeath’ and ‘nineplus’. Over 60 volunteers from around the country assisted in the smooth running of the event, and the evening entertainment at ‘Carters’ was supplied by Bristol based band ‘Transition’.
With £1000 up for grabs, and money for all finalists the event was always going to be keenly contested.
In the ladies division Porthtowans Dom Kent took the trophy, ahead of Jules Marlow from North Devon. Rebecca Pepperell from Newquay came 3rd and in a 5 lady final Megan Burns pipped Leonie McFarland into 4th.
In the Junior Division (Under 18) current BLU Junior Champion Ben Haworth from Barnstaple was keen to add a further trophy to his season, and he did not let us down by taking the title, in a great final. Callum Clark (Bridgwater) was 2nd and Yorkshires Ryan Hammond beat Paul Bird (Plymouth) into 3rd place.
The Masters division was a real tightly contested event all the way through with the evergreen Eric Davies from Christchurch adding a further title to his portfolio.’Local hero’ and shaper Frank Mc Williams used his local knowledge to take 2nd, and Callingtons Mark Goodright 3rd. Gary Calladine competing in both the Masters and Open took 4th.
In a highly stacked Open final, with the heat lead changing throughout, Porthtowans Dan Harris took the title and cheque for £250, ahead of Richard Balding. Junior winner Ben Haworth gained a very creditable 3rd, and Ashley Braunton, entering his only competition in 2007 did well getting 4th.
The presentation took place in the newly converted ‘Tubestation’ Church, with its half pipe skate ramps, plasma screens and café. Feedback from the event indicated that the surfers hope the event will continue again in 2008.
Contest Director, Phil Williams, head of Christian Surfers UK says, “We were stoked with the entry to this event, and were amazingly blessed with great surf and weather. The partnership with Tubestation and ‘nineplus’ worked really well, and the volunteers did a brilliant job. We hope to make this an annual event to compliment the BLU tour dates. A big thanks to God for the waves, and for the competitors for entering, and the local surfers for sharing the waves throughout the weekend”
For further details contact philchristiansurfers.co.uk