The weekend that just passed saw a clash of two surf contests which both fell on the sunday. Those comps were the English Nationals and the Eyeball/Croyde surf club Devon Team Trials for the Atlantic watersports games.
I decided to keep it Devon and surf in the Croyde contest. Either way it was a tough decision for either as sunday's surfing conditions were rather hideous! 6ft+ westerley gales on the coast. Yeah I bet you can imagine how difficult conditions were favouring for all the competitors!?
I know they moved the English from the wild's of Watergate Bay to the slightly more shelterd Tolcarne which suited all surfers for the later stages of that contest.
Anyhow the decision was made up in Devon for the comp to go go go, by contest director matt knight. first in the horrid waters were the groms then the under 16's followed by under18's followed by the Longboarders. A huge amount of respect to all the competitors that attempted the paddle and gave it a go because it was heaving!
Last in were myself and the other open competitors. Surfing in the final with me were Scott Rannochan, Andrew Cotton and Conest director Matt Knight.
Rannochan and I paddled out 15 minutes early to give ourselves a head start with the giant paddle that was ahead of us. That paid off as we were able to get used to the conditions and get a feel for it.
I managed to pick off 2 scoring waves in the final and the judges awarded me with the win which I was so stoked with.
Final open results,
1.Jordan Reed (Westward Ho!)
2.Scott Rannochan (Croyde)
3.Andrew Cotton (Croyde)
4.Matt Knight (Croyde)
So this blog is dedicated to Croyde Surf Club, Eyeball Surfcheck and Rob Tibbles (photos below) who organised a great contest at the weekend even though weather conditions were horrific!