Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Kickin off

It's that time of year again, summer is well underway. The footy season has finished (apart from the champions league final). Surf competitions are in full swing most weekends. And yet the weather is still on the chilly side, with the slightest Autumnal feel!
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!
Thanks guys!

Open winner.....Me!
The conditions

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Chin up

Headed to the north east at the weekend to compete in the Saltburn open ukpsa surf championships. Overall the weekend as a whole was really enjoyable apart from getting knocked out of the contest in the early stages by Russell Winter (overall winner from Newquay) and Shaun Skilton (St Agnes).
Apart from having a bit of a shocker, just travelling up to the north east and having a nice look around made the weekend seem like a mini holiday.
Saturday was cool, we had a good ganders of the town and nearby attractions. The contest was on hold due to pap conditions so we ended up having a few beverages in the pubs of Saltburn and as the day and night progressed most of the competitors came out of the woodwork to have a night fuelled with cheap surf banter!

On a brighter note considering the episode of surf competition my 2nd installment from our travels is complete. Thanks to Luke Parkhouse's editing and the filming patience of my beautiful girlfriend Janine.

Thursday, 5 May 2011


Like to thank my mate Luke for editing this video for me. He loves flickin through hours of footage to make it look just right! Check out luke's blog @ 


Jordan Reed Nicaragua 2011 from luke parkhouse on Vimeo.