The conditions were ideal for the day, enough power to make tricks functional, not so big that it was daunting. The assembly of 16 keen young groms were talked through competition format, signals for stopping and starting heats and for those wanting to learn more, heat timings and strategy were covered.
To say the judges were impressed with the standard of riding would be putting it mildly. Veteran of the British Bodyboarding scene and a man with an eye for detail Sam Buckle commented,”there are riders here today who given these conditions again would be a threat to some of the big names on the BBC Open Tour!”.
Every heat was hotly contested and importantly when the riders got back to the beach they were super stoked having enjoyed the experience. There were prizes on offer so eventually after several heats we got down the finals. The extremely promising young talent that is Luke Harper took out the under 14 division in fine style. After summer training in France and clocking up a lot of time on the south coasts heavier waves Tyler Littlejohns showed at just 15 years old, he’s going to be a tough draw for any Open division rider. A finally, with the under 18 final held on the Wedge, local ripper Joe Woodhouse surfed a very mature heat waiting patiently for the better waves and going big when he could getting big scores from the judges for a tweaked invert.
The event sets us up beautifully for the Nationals sponsored by bodyboard HQ next weekend at Porth Towan. It the surfs Gods are kind, it will be another great day.
Entries are available online at www.britishbodyboardclub.co.uk. We look forward to seeing you there!