English National Surfing Championships 2014

English National Surfing Championships 2014

Saints Boardrider’s had two members competing at the English National championships at Watergate Bay, Newquay over the Bank Holiday weekend, and they came away with a title apiece!

Surf conditions were very contestable throughout the event, and both Jayce Robinson and Harry De Roth maintained good form over the three days to make podium finishes.

P1060204Jayce overcame competition from the best surfers in the country to win the Men’s Open with a series of commanding performances, culminating in and 8 and a 9 top wave scores in the final itself!

Harry’s own participation in the Men’s Open came to an end when he was beaten by Jayce and Jobe Harriss in the quarter final, the latter passing Harry’s score in the last twenty seconds of the heat with a true buzzer-beater! Jobe went on to finish second to Jayce again in the final.

In the Under-16 Boys event, the most crowded division of the weekend, Harry strode comfortably to the final, posting impressive scores in every heat. For once, his canny wave selection seemed to desert him in the final itself and he couldn’t find the long runner that the judges were rewarding best. A couple of critically-executed big waves got him within a point of first place but he couldn’t find a clincher and finished equal second, becoming third on a count back of best wave score.
P1060195Within the hour he was back in the water in the Under-18 Boys final with a chance to relieve the frustration of the near miss earlier. And he left nothing to chance this time, opening with a 7.17 within seconds of the starting buzzer and holding the lead throughout, gathering a series of four good scores, any two of which would beat his opponents’ best efforts. It was a well-deserved reward for a good three days of surfing – and the first English title he has held to go with his four British titles in past seasons.

Well done guys – inspirational stuff!

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