Jesus Surf Series 2009 comes to an end in top class action
19th October 2009
Jesus Longboard Classic 2009 – Great weekend of Surfing sees the third Jesus Longboard classic end in style
Witha great swell forecast and a full line up of competitors including someof the best longboarders in the country the third ‘Jesus LongboardClassic’, run by Christian Surfers UK, was all set to be the mostexciting and competitive to date. Surfers had travelled from a far afield as Yorkshire, Wales and Kent to enter the event. The weekend didnot disappoint in any way with fantastic two to four feet waves, areally high standard of longboard surfing, and the all-round goodvibrations and family atmosphere the Jesus Surf Series is now becomingrenowned for.
As in previous years the event was supported byCornish longboard specialists “Nineplus”, and Polzeath’s communitycharity “Tubestation”, who provided a first rate contest hospitalityvenue. This year the event was also supported by “Surfs Up! Boardriders” and “Wave hunters”, based in Polzeath, giving some greatPolzeath community input into the competition.
The two-day eventsaw over eighty competitors battling it out in four categories: Women’sOpen, Juniors, Masters, and Open divisions. There were also two specialtrophies added this year: the “Wavehunters Longest Noseride”, which waswon by Sennen’s Sam Bleakley with a ten second noseride, and the“Surf’s up! Most Progressive Manoeuvre”, which was taken by currentEuropean Longboard champion Ben Skinner.
With the largest numberof women surfers competing in this year’s event it made for a reallycompetitive division, but it was Porthtowans Dominique Kent thatdominated from the start, adding to her 2007 title by winning againthis year. Juliet Marlow (Braunton) also surfed well throughout theevent and came second, with Karma Worthington (Croyde) and AlexaPoppa taking third and fourth.
It was great to see such a highquality of surfing from the younger surfers, with the clear stand outin the Junior division being Mike Lay, who went all the way to take thetitle. Bude’s Lewis Stritch took second with Trev Garland only 0.1point behind in third. With great performances in earlier rounds ZacLawton took a well-earned fourth place.
The Masters was dominated byMark Goodright, with some impressive surfing all weekend he took theMasters title in fine style. With less than a point separating the restof the finalists it was a close call for the remaining places. ColinBright came out second closely followed by South African Richard“Bongo” Hall and Plymouths Gary Calladine.
With the majority ofthe top UK longboarders entering this year we were in for a real treatin the Open division. Right from the start the standard was high andwith stacked heats all through Sunday there were several close results,especially the first semi-final where first to fourth were separated byjust 1 point. It was World number three Ben Skinner who eventually tookthe title, but it was a close call with Adam Griffiths (Newquay)pushing him all the way in the final and eventually coming in second.Michael Lay picked up his second trophy of the weekend by taking thirdand Trev Garland came in fourth, both with some really impressive surfing.
Throughout the weekend at both of the “Jesus SurfSeries” events, held simultaneously in Polzeath and in Croyde, fundswere being raised to support the work of ‘Shelterbox’ and ‘Holidayswith a Purpose’ as they continue to assist the areas so desperatelyaffected by the recent Tsunami in Somoa, and earthquake in Sumatra,leaving hundreds dead and tens of thousands in need of shelter andmedical assistance.
Christian Surfers UK would like to thank inparticular all the competitors who took part, Christian Surfersvolunteers from around the country, Nineplus, Tubestation, Surf’s Upand Wavehunters, The Doom Bar who provided free coffee for the judges,Cornwall County Council, the RNLI, BLU and Hotdoggers for helpingpromote the event, the surfers of Polzeath for sharing the waves duringthe weekend, and of course God for again providing great surf and afantastic atmosphere.
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