Jesus Surf Classic - Pt 2 Report
21st October 2009
Jesus Surf Classic Part 2
The week running up to the Jesus Surf Classic Part 2 saw some fantastic swell pushing into Croyde Bay, so expectations were high for the second part to the Jesus Surf Classic 2009. By the time Saturday came the swell had dropped but the sets where consistent. With a smaller field of competitors the challenge was always going to be whether to finish on Saturday or wait for the possibility of slightly better waves on Sunday.
As the waves kept on rolling through and fewer competitors then expected the decision was to run the whole contest on Saturday. With the sun setting as the Open final entered the water, the day saw some great action in challenging waves.
September 17-18 saw part 1 of the Jesus Surf Classic, where ?? took the womens under 18, ?? took the Cadet title and ?? won the Youth division.
With a much smaller field of competitors, especially in the open, and the top names in UK surfing not making an appearance the title was wide open. The sun shone all day, and as the tide pushed in the sets where consistent, but the small conditions were always going to be a challenge.
The Juniors were the first in the water and made the most of the small conditions, with Stuart Campbell, who was the stand out of the contest taking the Junior title. ?? in second, ?? third and ?? fourth.
With many of the top ladies choosing to compete in the students, there was an opportunity for a new name on the womens title. Despite a stand out performance in the semi finals from Zoe Sheath, it was Tassy Swallow who took the win in a low scoring final. A great performance from Jemima Knight saw her take second, Zoe Sheath came third and new comer, Allyssa Podessa came in fourth.
The masters was a straight final, which was taken clearly by Michael Plackett, with Simon Twitchen coming in second after some consistent surfing. Paul Barlow and Craig Burrows struggled to find the better waves taking third and fourth.
The open title was wide open this year and it was the younger guys that came out on top. As well as taking the junior title, Stuart Campbell made it a double by winning the open after some great surfing throughout the contest. Josh Piper struggled to back up a great wave, coming in second, closely followed by Toby Donachie in Third. After some great surfing in the quarters and semis Gary Wells came unstuck in final and finished fourth.
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, the surfers of Croyde for sharing the waves during the weekend, and God for again providing the small but consistent waves.