JESUS SURF CLASSIC 2009
14th September 2009
Jesus Surf Classic Part 1 - Sunny warm weekend, top skateboard action and three surf categories completed, a great success.
After a verydifficult week of checking charts, forecasts and making difficult decisions the17th Jesus Surf Classic went ahead in very sunny 1-2ft clean waves.Held over the weekend of September 12-13 at Croyde Bay, North Devon.
The Open, Junior, Women’s and Masters divisions had been put on hold but we still hoped to run the Youth, Cadet and Womens U18 divisions.
Setting up the contest site on the Friday evening felt alittle like Noah building the Ark with no sign of rain, but as Saturday morning dawned the small swell lines started rolling in, and after sending out a few groms to test the water, it was decided to run the Youth division. As the first heats got under way the sets kept on coming and rounds one and two werecompleted on the pushing tide. After a break for the big move skate contest to take place, on the Christian Surfer’s mobile skate park, and to wait for betterconditions as the tide dropped, the Youth Division was completed. Newquay surfers Dale Foster was crowned the champion, with Sam Harwood taking second only 0.2 points behind. Tas Knight (Georgeham) came third after scoring a 9.2in the semi final, with St Ives surfer Harry Da Roth taking fourth. The first round of the Women’s U18 event also ran in brilliant sunshine on a beautiful,warm autumn day.
Great crowds remained throughout the day, enjoying theskate park action, chilling in the marquee watching the movies, or filling themselves up on the BBQ, home made cakes and the BBQ.
As Sunday morning dawned it looked like the ocean had gone flat, but asthe tide pushed (and many prayers later) the sets pushed in and lasted allmorning, meaning the Women’s U18 semi final and final could be completed, aswell as the Cadets divisions. The under 18 womens was taken very narrowly byTassy Swallow (St Ives) ahead of Zoe Sheath (Newquay), with the Knight sisters from Georgeham battling it out for third and fourth; Harriet comingthird and Peony (Aged 11) coming fourth. A special mention must go to North Devon’s Knight family, as they had three girls in the Women’s Under 18 semi final, and Taz doing so well in the Youth event.
The Under 16’s (Cadets) had been chomping at the bit all weekend and finally got their chance on Sunday morning in 1-2ft clean waves. Ina very close final Patrick Daniel (Hayle) came out on top, with Beau Bromham (Georgeham) taking second. Newquay’s Harry Timson took third and Tom Good came fourth.
It is fair to say that before the event the chance ofwaves was looking very slim, and the contest organisers at the finalpresentation thanked the Creator of the waves for blessing the contest with just enough swell to run the 17th ‘Jesus’ event. The weather was greatand there was a fantastic vibe throughout the weekend. A massive thank you to all the surfers fortheir patience and their enthusiasm throughout.
Christian Surfers UK would like to thank in particular all the Christian Surfers volunteers from around the country, Parkdene Holidays,the RNLI, St John Ambulance, Christian Skaters UK for providing andrunning the Skatepark, the surfers of Croyde for sharing the waves during theweekend, and God for providing just enough.
The October dates for the remaining four categories to berun will be announced very soon. For more details log onto www.christiansurfers.co.uk ore-mail phil Williams at philchristiansurfers.co.uk