Langland Boardriders Claim 2018 Wilkinson Sword

Langland Boardriders Claim 2018 Wilkinson Sword

The 2018 Welsh Interclubs aka the Wilkinson Sword is, and quite often has been the curtain raiser for the Welsh competitive season. Winter rusty competitors gathering to brush the dust off their 4/3’s; all hoping to kick start their competitive seasons and enjoy the camaraderie of surfing within a team environment. Make no mistake, this competition matters and always has. The Welsh are a patriotic and tribal bunch and surfing for your local club is tantamount to representing your community, your family and friends, and the opportunity to get one over on anybody who believes that their town is better than yours. The 2018 edition was no different. Llantwit Major’s Channel Coast Surf Club have dominated the event for years now, giving them somewhat of a superiority complex (perhaps justified) over the rest of Wales. But this year there was a determined effort to remove the sword from Vaughnie’s grasp…. I mean Llantwit Major is a lovely place but I think the rest of the competitive field were hoping that they’d be enjoying the blue water of Pembrokeshire next year, or the amphitheatre and variation of Langland…. or whatever is in Porthcawl these days…. Greg Owen? Either way Channel Coast had a target on their backs and would face a real fight to keep hold of the trophy they’ve probably begun to think of as their own. Competition began in earnest on Saturday morning; the surf was nice, in the 2ft and clean range with the promise of it getting better and better throughout the day. First in were the over 35s and it was an early win for...
Welsh Junior Squad visit Surf Snowdonia

Welsh Junior Squad visit Surf Snowdonia

Welsh Junior Squad hit Surf Snowdonia Huge thanks to all at Surf Snowdonia for hosting the first Welsh Junior Squad training session of 2016. Jo Dennison Surf Snowdonia Head coach and Gwen Spurlock WSF Junior Coach The first session in the 2016 Welsh Junior Squad diary took place last weekend, getting the ball rolling for the year ahead and what better place to do so than the Surf Snowdonia Wave Garden. The plan was hatched by WSF Head Coach Gwen Spurlock for the team to head up on the Friday night with accommodation provided in Surf Snowdonia’s onsite “Surf Pods” before training kicked off the next day. Anticipation was high amongst both the squad, parents and coaches as we set up camp for the night next to Europe’s finest surfing lake. The Surf Pods at Surf Snowdonia The morning began with a quick get together, giving the groms a chance to catch up after their winters both home and away before Gwen and Sam grouped everyone up to outline the plan of the day. Coaches Gwen and Sam We had Bangor University on site throughout the day to run Sports Science testing on the squad, there was also the chance to wear “Catapult Technology Vests” as used by many sporting professionals, in particular the Welsh Rugby Team. With this explained, the day outlined and squad split into groups it was time to get suited and booted to get a taste for inland waves, as this was going on, the first wave of the day rolled through resulting in a gang of groms half in their wetsuits one boot on...