Llantwit Major’s Channel Coast surf club successfully defended their Welsh Interclub title with a dominant display on home turf in pumping conditions. The Chargers, as they are known to their rivals, got off to the best possible start and despite the odd scare never looked back to take a comfortable win over Welsh Coast Surf Club, Langland Board Riders and Pembrokeshire Surf Ryders.
The Wilkinson Sword has been the traditional curtain raiser for the Welsh contest season since 1980. Having pipped arch rivals Porthcawl’s Welsh Coast Surf Club by the narrowest of margins last year it was the Chargers honour to host the event. A solid, slightly wobbly yet fun looking 4ft swell greeted contestants with the event getting swiftly under way.
First up the under 18’s who were given the early task of testing their paddling strength against Llantwit’s notorious rip. Arran Bright made light work of both the rip and the opposition with a typically solid performance that set the Chargers on their way. Five Open heats followed which saw Rob Blyth (WC), Adam Jenkins (LBR), Gareth Vaughan (CC), Craig Bright (CC) and Nathan Phillips (CC) take maximum points and Channel Coast edged out into an early lead.