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Date: 11th - 12th June 2005

Location: Widemouth Bay, Bude

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    Bude Surf Classic 05

    This years Bude Surf Classic took place at Widemouth Bay on the weekend of June 11th and 12th in bright sunny conditions with over 100 competitors competing in 7 categories. Whilst the surf remained small, all of the categories were able to be finished apart from the ‘Open Surfing’.

    Winners this year included Adam Thornton (Junior Surf), Ashley Braunton (Longboards) and Andrew Cotton (Open Surfing, decided by a Paddle race).

    This year’s the event took on a festival feel with new sponsors Salomon and Saab providing lots of non-water based activities. This is Salomon’s first major sponsoring of a surf event in the UK, and the company certainly made a big visual impact. The event was organised by Surfspot (Bude) who have headed up the event for the last 3 years, and run by Christian Surfers UK.

    For the first time in the event there were two NSP Categories where all competitors used the same equipment. In the Junior event (U18’s) using 6ft4 NSP ‘Fish’, Ryan Thomas from West Wales beat Plymouth’s Sam Scoble into 2nd place.

    In the Longboard NSP event (9ft2) North Devon’s Ashley Braunton took 1st ahead of Father and Son combination of Joe 2nd, and Adrian (Dad) Howell. Stephen Lynton fresh from his victory in the ‘Vets’ division of the British Longboard Championships came 4th.

    In the Bodyboard Division travelling South African Shaun Oberholzer took the title ahead of Phil Milson and Bude’s Taz Shepherd and Charlie Dicker.

    The Ladies division was hotly contested and was eventually won by Swansea’s Jemma Dendle ahead of her twin sister Kate. Eleanor Hastings from Bideford just beat Newquay’s Rachel Taylor into 3rd.

    Some of the best conditions of the weekend were reserved for the Longboard final where Asley Braunton once more took the winners trophy and cheque. Finalist in the recent British Junior Longboard event James Parry was 2nd with once again Joe Howell beating Adrian into 3rd.

    As the tide dropped back the wind picked up, put provided some good contestable waves for the Junior semi’s and final. North Devon’s Adam Thornton triumphed over Sennen’s James Parry with Croyde’s Eddie Knight 3rd ahead of Ryan Thomas.

    As for the Open Surfing event, at the Quarter Final stage it became clear that the surf was unlikely to hold up enough for the remaining competitors to show their true skills. After a discussion it was agreed to settle the places by holding a paddle race around the ‘Salomon’ rock. After a race of approx 1 mile Croyde’s Andrew Cotton took the title ahead of fellow North Devon surfer’s Eddie Knight and Connor Spears. Last years Open winner Joss Ash came 4th.

    In addition to the main contest, over £350 was raised for Tsunami Surf Relief UK through a raffle organised by Christian Surfers, where the winner took home a brand new custom Salomon wetsuit (donated by Salomon) and the second prize was a framed picture donated by Estpix.

    Contest Director Phil Williams said “Whilst the surf was at times pretty small this weekend all the competitors had a great spirit, and in the end the event was completed in some easily contestable waves. The Christian Surfers crew were certainly saying a few prayers early on the Sunday morning, but thankfully conditions improved. Everyone seemed pretty stoked with the event, and we hope to be back again next year”.

    The event took a big step up in size this year as a result of the sponsorship between Salomon, Saab, Surfspot, supporting sponsors NSP and North Shore backbackers (Bude). Thanks also to the Widemouth Bay Surfers, who shared their waves for the weekend.

    Surf Contest results:

    OPEN (Decided by paddle race)
    1st Andrew Cotton
    2nd Eddie Knight
    3rd Connor Spears
    4th Joss Ash

    JUNIOR
    1st Adam Thornton
    2nd James Parry
    3rd Eddie Knight
    4th Ryan Thomas

    LADIES
    1st Jemma Dendle
    2nd Kate Dendle
    3rd Eleanor Hastings
    4th Rachel Taylor

    LONGBOARD
    1st Ashley Braunton
    2nd James Parry
    3rd Joe Howell
    4th Adrian Howell

    BODYBOARD
    1st Sean Oberholzer
    2nd Phil Milson
    3rd Taz Sheppard
    4th Charlie Dicker

    NSP FUNBOARD OPEN
    1st Ashley Braunton
    2nd Joe Howell
    3rd Adrian Howell
    4th Stephen Lynton

    NSP FUNBOARD JUNIOR
    1st Ryan Thomas
    2nd Sam Scoble
    3rd Jemma Dendle
    4th Jessica Reed

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