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Date: 1st - 2nd September 2007

Location: Rest Bay, Porthcawl

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    Tsunami Cup

    Tsunami Cup – September 1st and 2nd (Porthcawl Rest Bay, South Wales)

    Despite the predicted completely flat conditions over the weekend 1st –2nd September, Christian Surfers UK and Welsh Coast Surf Club were able to put on the third Tsunami Cup event. 

    The original idea for this competition started just after the South East Asian Tsunami          (December 26th 2004), when these two organisations wanted to assist areas of Sri Lanka hit by the disaster and decided to combine forces to make a difference to these devastated zones.  Since then the cup has been run on an annual basis.

    All the proceeds from the event went towards the work of Surf Relief UK, which is now focussing on the disabled and disadvantaged within the UK, as well as continuing the work in Sri Lanka.

    Organisers arrived on the Saturday expecting to see completely flat conditions, but amazingly there were a few waves coming through.  Whilst the morning was full of games,  such as penalty shoot outs on the beach and the grassy area above, the tide started to push at about 4pm and the first heats could then enter the water.

    The great thing about this event is that it has always been a charity fun raiser with everyone taking it in great spirit.  Nobody complained about the poor surf conditions, but got involved and had a brilliant day, which finished around 6.50pm on the first evening.

    Sunday dawned, and once the huge tides began to drop back, it was time for the finals of the four categories.  In the Women’s event the final was closely fought for, with Ann Gallagher taking first place and Briege Lawrence coming in second.  In the Juniors there was a great display of surfing in small conditions, and the category was won by Max Tucker with Rob Blythe coming second and George Schofield third.  The Longboard final was won by Huw Bentley and, finally, the Open was taken by Tom Anderson in what was a tight competition, with Matt Davies coming a close second.

    During the weekend everyone had the opportunity to buy raffle tickets for the signed Surf Relief UK board, and at the Christian Surfers UK gazebo pictures telling the story of Tsunami Surf Relief UK  and Surf Relief UK were on display.  There was also information given out as part of the Surf Cult Festival, which continues in Porthcawl over the rest of the week.

    £300 was raised over the weekend, and it is hoped that by the end of the week of the Surf Cult and the charity auction which will take place at the surf club on Tuesday night, many more hundreds of pounds will be raised for the cause.

    Finally, a big thanks to Christian Surfers UK, Welsh Coast Surf Club and the many sponsors, including Realm, On Fire, Elusive, Santa Cruz, and Porthcawl Surf, for providing goods for not only the contest, but also the auction.

    Also a huge thanks to all the helpers and the competitors who made the day a great event, despite the small conditions. 

    Full results below :

    Tsunami Cup 2007 - Results
       
    Open Surf  
    1st Tom Anderson 
    2nd Matt Davies 
    3rd Rob Blythe 
    4th Max Tucker 
       
    Womens Surf  
    1st Anne Gallagher 
    2nd Briege Lawrence 
    3rd Leanne Hunter 
    4th Jen Dowey 
       
    Longboards  
    1st Huw Bentley 
    2nd Steve Horn 
    3rd Rob Blythe 
    4th Gez Mckay 
       
    Junior (U18) Surf 
    1st Max Tucker 
    2nd Rob Blythe 
    3rd George Schofield
    4th Ezra Hames 

    For more details contact Phil Williams - phil@christiansurfres.co.uk or log onto christiansurfers.co.uk and Surf Relief UK.

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    Contest Scene Judges Junior Finalists Nipper Tribe Penalty Shoot Out Jez The Legend Junior Final Action Max Tucker Open Finalists Presentation Women Finalists