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Jesus Surf Classic 2010 – Post Press Release “Congratulations to double winner Gabi Rowe, and Stuart Campbell retains his trophy”

13th September 2010

The 18th running of the ‘Jesus SurfClassic’, was held over the weekend of 11th and 12thSeptember in some great early autumn sunshine with onshore but fun waves.  Croyde bay once again was the venue for thislong running and very successful event organised by Christian Surfers UK.Despite there being three others key surf events taking place this weekend, theorganisers of the ‘Jesus’ were really pleased with over 100 competitors. The ‘Jesus’ Surf Series due to itsincreasing popularity was split again this year between the traditional eventat Croyde, and the Jesus Longboard Classic to be held at Polzeath over theweekend of October 16th and 17thth. For the first time this year, anew Groms division (U12) was launched, to encourage the development of thiskey age range. Conditions for the eight categories startedoff on Saturday morning with a stiff onshore wind and sets of around 2ft – 3ft,with bright sunshine, after a pretty stormy night. By the end of day 1 the 24heats run, had dwindled the competitors down to the semi final stage in allcategories. As well as a very busy schedule in thewater on Saturday, activity around the contest site and marquee were equally asbusy with a ‘big move’ skate contest taking place on Christian Surfers mobileskatepark, big screen movies, and numerous refreshment options,  to keep everyone happy.Sunday dawned with lighter winds from the NorthWest and still a descent swell, despite the huge spring tides dropping out throughoutthe morning.  The semi finals and finalssaw some outstanding surfing in all the age categories, as Croyde offered upsome low tide bashable waves.In the new Groms division a special mentionshould go to Garin Clay and Storm Wall who were only aged 9 and 10respectively. The final was hotly contested with Newquay’s Angus Scotney takingthe winners cash and trophy. North Devon’s Will Bailey and Alex Gibson came 2ndand 3rd, with George Hudson doing well in only his 2ndcontest.  Ed Smith (Liskeard) took hisfirst JSC winner’s trophy in the Youth event (Under 14) in a tight final,defeating Dale Foster (Newquay) and Georgehams Taz Knight.  In the Junior Women’s division (Under 18)there was a new name on the trophy with Looe’s Gabi Rowe celebrating a winnersdouble in both this category and the ladies open event. Laura Crane  from Braunton once again surfed well to take 2ndahead of Lucy Campbell and 12 year old Flora Lawton. In the Cadets division sadly Jobe Harris (Bude) who had surfed so well on Saturday had to withdraw from the final due tosickness, which meant Patrick Daniel was able to take the title ahead ofSwansea’s David Williams, and Dale Foster.  In the hotly contested Men’s Junior (U18) categoryfinal, Josh Piper surfed really well to hold off Toby Donachie in 2nd,Alex Baker in 3rd and Patrick Daniel in 4th.The women’s final saw an excellent contestwith a Gabi Rowe triumph over a great performance from Sarah Beardmore, whojust could not get a decent second good scoring wave. North Devon’s Laura cranemanaged to hold off St Agnes surfer Hannah-Beth Luke.  The Masters (Over 35’s) event this yearwas probably the most hotly contest since its inclusion eight years ago, withtwo quality semi-finals and a very entertaining final. South African born BongoHall took his first trophy ahead of last year’s winner Michael Plackett.Charley Charlesworth surfed well throughout, but just needed one more goodscoring wave to push him into one of the two top places.   The final event of the day saw a great finalin low tide Croyde conditions between four top class surfers in the Open Final.Stuart Campbell swopped 1st place with Toby Donachie a number of times  before claiming the large trophy and chequefor £300, retaining his 2009 trophy. Josh Piper who had surfed so wellthroughout both the Open and Juniors took third place a head of Calstocks SamScoble in his first Jesus Surf Classic final. As well as the trophies andcheques all the winners were presented with the new version ‘Surfers Bibles’.In the big move skate competition, thewinners took away some great prizes and entertained the watching crowds. A bigthanks to Christian Skaters for hosting this.   With over 100 Christian Surfers volunteerssupporting the event from throughout the country there was always lots goingon, and the skate park area was the venue for the presentation on late Sundayafternoon. Phil Williams (Contest Director) thanked God for an amazingweekend of waves, sunshine and a great atmosphere between all the competitorsand helpers.The Jesus Surf Series now moves to Polzeathbeach over the weekend of October 16th and 17th, downloadyour entry form from www.christiansurfers.co.ukChristian Surfers UK would like to thank inparticular all the Christian Surfer volunteers, Parkdene Holidays, the RNLI,  St John Ambulance, the surfers of Croyde forsharing the waves during the weekend, and God for providing waves as well assunshine. Head of Christian Surfers and Trustee ofSurf Relief UK, Phil Williams will also be taking part in the English ChannelPaddle on surfboards (27 Miles) from Folkestone to  France at the end of September (27th). The aim is to raise £5000 for the Charity ‘Surf Relief UK’. Sponsors nomatter how small are welcome to assist via the website  www.charitiestrust.org/members_data/event/channelpaddle2010For further information on either ChristianSurfers UK the Jesus Surf Classic, or the Jesus Longboard Classic e-mail PhilWilliams on philchristiansurfers.co.uk 

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