Welsh Juniors at Eurosurf Junior Games: Morocco 2016
The Welsh Junior Squad have all now arrived back at home after a testing week or so competing at the Eurosurf Junior Games, held at the Moroccan beach of Anza, near Agadir. The squad that headed out was made up of Max Payne and Cieran Hughes (U18s), Patrick Langdon-Dark and Seth Morris (U16s), Ejay Cogger (U14s), Logan Nicol (U18 bodyboard and first reserve), Tom Horn (U18 Longboard, U16 and U18 bodyboard) and Ffion Hughes (U14,U18 girls and U18 girls bodyboard). Stuart Bentley managed the team and Gwen Spurlock team coach.
The waves at Anza pumped most of the week, ranging from average 2ft surf at the very beginning of the week to perfect, oil slick glass 5ft right handers for the last few days. The first few days of competition went well for the Welsh, no one was knocked out of competition and even Ffion Hughes and Tom Horn made heats on bodyboards. The first of our surfers to get knocked out was Ejay Cogger in the U14s. Ejay fell in the second repercharge after surfing well in the previous round, no doubt gaining valuable experience and he can be proud of himself after surfing without fear and showing real promise all week.
Tom Horn also fell in the second repercharge round, earning himself a 9th place. Tom was one of the standouts of the week after arriving in Morocco with little experience surfing in both big events and in larger more powerful surf. But he faced the challenge head on and and impressed both in heats but perhaps,more importantly, surfing the bigger freesurf sessions on the points between rounds. He’ll leave Morocco a more confident and experienced individual.
Patrick Langdon-Dark and Seth Morris both fell in the same round of the U16s, repercharge round 3. Pat had put on one of the best Welsh performances of the week in the first repercharge round, earning some pretty good scores in the process. Both surfers impressed with their talent and with further experience will no doubt go on to bigger, better results in the future.
Ffion Hughes finished in the second repercharge round. Her attitude and surfing was exemplary all week and was nothing but a positive influence on the team. Unfortunately surfing in such a competitive division at a young age showed in the end, but with a few more of these events in her before she leaves the juniors there is no doubt that she’ll continue to improve and better results are in the post.
The U18 boys saw Wales’ best result overall. After team captain Cieran Hughes was knocked out in R3, Max Payne was our last hope and he was very unlucky to not make his R5 heat which would’ve placed him the repercharge final. His backhand attack suited the rippable canvas at Anza, and he was mature in his approach to heats, getting last minute scores to advance and using priority to put a stranglehold on his competitors if needs be. Max will be a dangerous competitor as he moves out of the juniors and into the seniors and can take a lot from his time in Morocco.
Overall the team finished in 10th position in the team standings, which of course shows a lot of room for improvement. However, it is clear that the team were full of motivation to do so when it came time to head home, and with the plans and staff in place to push on from here the future for Welsh Surfing is in a very positive place.
The Welsh Surfing Federation would like to thank it’s sponsors and everyone who helped make the trip happen….
Welsh Surfing Federation
Nash Sport Swansea (Printing)
Welsh Groms representing at the UK Pro Tour Surf Awards!
The 13th Annual UK PST Surf Awards were held on Sunday at the Carnmarth Hotel Newquay.
The UK Surf Awards are the only awards that reward surfers from across the United Kingdom’s competitive community for their outstanding performance in the water and celebrate the achievements of talented individuals and the surfing industry as a whole’.
‘The awards encompassed all divisions for the Boys, Girls, Pro Juniors to the Mens and Womens Open, and is representative of all corners of the UK scene. The tour is also proud to have the involvement of charities such as Christian Surfers, The Wave Project and Groundswell’
There was a strong Welsh presence at this year’s awards ceremony, Ffion Hughes, Cieran Hughes and Patrick Langdon-dark picking up awards. All three are Welsh Junior Surf Team members and will be representing Wales in the Eurosurf Juniors in Morocco on the 1st December.
UK PST Under 14 Girls Champion 2016: Ffion Hughes
Rookie of the Year: Cieran Hughes.
UK PST Adams Surfboards 16 Boys Champion 2016: Patrick Langdon-Dark.
Hugh Murray of Porthcawl Surf School picked up the “Surfing Sumo Best Surf School” award!
Full award listing on UK PST website. Photo UK PST.
2016 Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships.
The Welsh Surfing Federation are delighted to introduce Llywelyn Williams..
A surfer from North Wales who will be Wales’ first representative at the Stance ISA WorldAdaptive Surfing Championships being held in La Jolla, California, 8-11th December.
Pictured above: Stu Bentley – Treasurer WSF, Llywelyn Williams- Our first team member, Ben Clifford -Team Manager Adaptive Surfing, Toby Williams – Adaptive Team Coach, Gwen Spurlock – Head Coach WSF
Since the WSF Surf School was established in the early 90’s, our National Coach at the time, Tim Jones, led our involvement in developing many forms of adaptive surfing.
Specific courses have been run for Visually and Hearing Impaired, as well as for aspiring surfers with many varied disabilities, all in conjunction with SportWales.
More recently Ben Clifford and Sam Moore, two of our current coaches, are leading the way in including young people with Autism and staff at Surf Snowdonia are helping develop equipment and courses for adaptive surfing.
Ben Clifford & Toby Williams from Surfability UK, will accompany Llywelyn as our representatives and we welcome them and his team on board.
We now look forward to hopefully developing a full team for the 2017 ISA World Championships.
We are immensely proud that Llywelyn, through his own dedication and drive to date has now reached a skill level where he can compete on a world stage….and under the Welsh Flag!
Stu Bentley – Secretary / Ysgrifenydd USC
On behalf of WSF
Welsh Surfing Federation / Undeb Syrffio Cymraeg
For more information on the ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships, please visit the ISA Website here.
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!
News Release – SGB & English Surfing Federation Consolidation
The WSF would like to congratulate the English Surfing Federation on their forthcoming consolidation with Surfing GB. This represents a new era in British surfing, as for so long the English Surfing Federation have been the sleeping giants of Europe.
This will give the English surfing federation and its members the opportunity to fulfill its potential as a major surfing power within the UK and Europe. As our closest neighbours and oldest rivals we are pleased to fully support the consolidation.
Huw John – President Welsh Surfing Federation
For more information on the changes please go to the Surfing GB website here
Welsh Nationals 2016 Report
The 2016 Welsh Nationals in association with MiPost, Sanuk, FCS & Gorilla.
Payne reigns and Williams Regains!!
ISA World Junior Surfing Championships 2016
2016 Mens and Womens Champions, Max Payne and Emily Williams
Max Payne and Emily Williams took top honours at this year’s Welsh Nationals in association with MiPost, FCS, Sanuk and Gorilla. Payne emulated Rhys Barfield’s achievement last year by becoming Open and Junior Champion to outscore an inform Harry Cromwell, defending champ Rhys Barfield and fellow Junior finalist Cieran Hughes. Emily Williams couldn’t put a foot wrong in the Women’s final as she found herself in tune with mother nature to take a convincing win over Gwen Spurlock and fellow finalists Breige Lawrence and Ffion Hughes to regain the title she lost last year.
Read the report, watch the video and enjoy the pics here
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