2017 European Seniors – Stavanger, Norway
2017 European Surf Open Champion – Jay Quinn
After a 40 year wait Wales has an European Senior Open Champion, well done Jay!
Well done to the Welsh team who finished 5th overall in the 2017 European Surf championships, just held in Stavenger, Norway.
The Welsh team would like to thank all it’s sponsors; Billabong and Helly Hansen at the McArthur Glen Retail Outlet Bridgend, BDML, and Porthcawl Harbourside CIC.
The Welsh Senior Surf Team is currently in action at Stavanger, Norway for EuroSurf 2017. The team consists of Jay Quinn, Rhys Barfield, Patrick Langdon Dark, Logan Nicol – (Open Mens) Emily Williams – (Womens Open) Martin John (Mens Longboard), Stuart Beale (Judge) and Stuart Bentley – (Team Manager). Having jetted off nearly a week ago and under gone a 24 hour delay, the team finally arrived at Euro Surf HQ for the 10 day long event which sees some of Europe’s best surfers competing for medals in Norway; which is hosting the event for the first time. Team member Martin John provides a report on the teams performance so far:
The first week has passed here in Norway and as of Tuesday; the first lay day of Eurosurf 2017 and I’m pleased to report all Welsh competitors are still active in the competition. So far the waves have been ok; not perfect but fun beachbreak conditions in spectacular scenery. The Jaeren region of Norway where the event is held possibly a little Scottish for want of a better comparison. Mountains loom in the background and picturesque quaint Nordic houses dot the landscape all the way down to the crystal clear water.
As for the surfers in action here for the Welsh team; Logan Nicol was unlucky in his first mens open heat not to advance, showing real enthusiasm and energy in his first round heat, only narrowly being pipped into second late on but has so far shown no signs of slowing down in the repercharge rounds, winning his first heat in the division with real style and class.
Rhys Barfield is the other open surfer who will have to battle through the repercharge rounds. He advanced into the second progression round with a second place in the first round held on Saturday morning, but unfortunately fell in the second round held in very small surf on Monday. The heat was hard work with very few waves coming through with real scoring potential, it was a shame that none of these waves came to Rhys during the twenty minutes. However his surfing is there that’s for certain, he’ll definitely still be a threat when it comes to his repercharge heats on Wednesday.
Wales still have two surfers remaining in the open progression. Jay Quinn has been dominating his heats thus far; launching airs and putting in massive turns no matter the conditions to win every heat he’s entered. Jay certainly looks like a real force to be reckoned with and there seems to be no reason why he can’t put a stop to the Portuguese domination of the division. Patrick Langdon Dark is also still very active in the open. The small surf suited him and he advanced through yesterday’s P2 heat with a performance that didn’t match his rookie tag in the slightest. All four should be in the water when competition resumes on Wednesday.
Emily Williams is performing well in the womens open division. She was unfortunate however in the last heat of Sunday afternoon in deteriorating conditions to get narrowly pushed into 3rd place and with that; into the repercharge heats. She, like Pat had also showed a maturity far beyond her years and was rarely troubled on her way to winning her first round heat held on Saturday.
Martin John is still active in the longboards despite a difficult first heat on Sunday afternoon. Finding himself a little out of rhythm with the conditions and struggling to find a decent score, although bouncing back to claim first place in the first repercharge round. Some achievement given the tiny surf on Monday afternoon in what turned out to be the last heat before contest organisers decided to call off competition for the day.
The contest looks likely to resume on Wednesday morning with a new wind swell filling in and all our team should have heats to surf. Updates can be found on the Welsh Surfing Federation Facebook page and the competition will have a live feed on eurosurfing.org, or alternatively via the Eurosurf 2017 YouTube channel.
The Welsh team would like to thank all it’s sponsors; Billabong and Helly Hansen at the Mcarthur Glen Retail Outlet Bridgend, BDML, and Porthcawl Harbourside CIC.
More info and news when we get it, good luck all and well done!
Wales set to enter Worlds Open for the first time!
Four years since Wales’s recognition by the International Surfing Association and the green light to compete under our nations flag. The Welsh Surfing Federation is delighted to announce it’s first team to compete at World Open level.
Dubbed the Olympics of surfing, over 50 countries will compete for medals over the weeklong competition held at Grande Plage, Biarritz, France during the 20th to 28th May. With surfing set to makes it’s Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020, this event will undoubtedly be the first step towards Olympic seeding and eventual qualification.
Whilst the Welsh Juniors have travelled to Ecuador, California and the Azores to compete at ISA World Junior competitions, the event in France this will be Wales’ first opportunity to compete against some of the biggest names in the sport. Performance expectations are realistic, yet the team is determined to show that despite Wales’s vastly inferior surfing conditions and lack of funding, that Welsh surfers are highly competitive and capable of creating upsets.
The team is made up of 2 women – Joanne Dennison and Emily Williams; and 4 men – Harry Cromwell, Alex Morris, Mark Vaughan and Rob Webster-Blythe; along with team manager Stuart Bentley, who had this to say.
“Despite a number of first team absentees and a slightly senior feel, the men’s team have great experience, which should ensure we offer a challenge to the full time pro’s our guys will compete against. Our ladies, Jo and Emily have been competing internationally for sometime, are highly capable athletes, are our current Welsh number one and two, who perhaps offer our best chance in the event. I’m very excited about the week ahead.”
With Wave pool technology such as that adopted by Surf Snowdonia, surfing’s reach is growing inland and towards major UK cities. It’s not out of the question that in years to come that a world surfing champion may just as likely hail from Wrexham as Hawaii.
Live coverage will be available on the ISA website here.
We will keep you updated with heat schedules when possible..
2017 Mi-Post – Billabong Welsh Nationals
Full report/results and link to video in the contest reports section.
Wilkinson Sword Welsh Club Champions 2017
This years Wilkinson Sword Welsh Club champions for the third year running is the Channel Coast Chargers!!
Writeup to follow..
Surfing in the Olympics!
Surfing has been accepted into the 2020 Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo, huge congrats to all who worked to achieve this historic feat!
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