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May
12

Welsh Junior Champions 2022 Crowned at Freshwater West

Wales’ junior champions were crowned this weekend at the Welsh National Junior Surfing Championships 2022 sponsored by PuraVida, MiPost, and Power-2GO.

The contest played out over the 7th and 8th May at Freshwater West in Pembrokeshire, with all competitors putting on great surfing displays for the judges and supporters on the beach.

Saturday brought a small swell and cross-offshore winds, forcing surfers to go all-out to make the most of the challenging conditions. Helped by an incoming tide, the waves built to shoulder-to-head high through Sunday. Entrants had more canvas to work with as the battle for finals places played out.

Among the highlights, Josie Hawke continued a run of fantastic results gained in 2021 to take first in the U12 girls category. Taylor Shelmerdine topped the podium in the U14 girls and placed fourth in the U16 girls – a group eventually won by Katie Davies on the back of consistently high scores.

Sustained performances through the heats saw Charlotte Eales crowned U18 girls champion, while Anna-Rose Merchant landed top honours in the U18 girls longboard.

Eli Perrins Davies was the stand-out performer for the boys, finishing in pole position in both U16 and U18 divisions. Blake Jones placed first and second respectively in the U18 boys longboard and U18 boys categories.

Gold in the U12s boys was claimed by Dexter Cromwell, while similarly outstanding efforts earned Tomos O’leary’s the win in the U14 boys group.

Eddie Waring proved that he’s a talent to watch out for in future, being presented the Paul Ryder award for best up-and-coming surfer.

Full results
 

U12 Boys

1. Dexter Cromwell

U12 Girls

1. Josie Hawke; 2. Taylor Shelmerdine; 3. Summer-Marie Moore; 4. Florence Curran-Hughes

U14 Girls

1. Taylor Shelmerdine; 2. Caitlin Morris; 3. Indi Lynch; 4. Poppy Owen

U14 Boys

1. Tomos O’leary; 2. Arthur Buick; 3. Elijah Jones; 4. Luca Owen

U16 Girls

1. Katie David; 2. Poppy Owen; 3. Anna-Rose Merchant; 4. Taylor Shelmerdine

U16 Boys

1. Eli Perrins Davies; 2. Euan Buick; 3. Eddie Waring; 4. Coby Williams

PSR Award for best up-and-coming surfer, in memory of Paul “Spyder” Ryder

Eddie Waring

U18 Girls Longboard

1. Anna-Rose Merchant; 2. Nell Saddler; 3. Evelyn Reed

U18 Boys Longboard

1. Blake Jones; 2. Seth Reed

U18 Boys

1. Eli Perrins Davies; 2. Blake Jones; 3. Euan Buick; 4. Arthur Buick

U18 Girls

1. Charlotte Eales; 2. Katie David; 3. Betsy Owen; 4. Indi Lynch

Huge thanks to all our competitors and spectators for being part of another great Welsh National Junior Surfing Championships. A massive thank-you also to our sponsors @puravidaboardriders #MiPost and @power_2go for their terrific support.

A big shout of appreciation also to: Christian Surfers UK; Sport Wales; and WSA (Welsh Sports Association).

We could not have done this without your help, and look forward to seeing you again next year.

Apr
21

Entry is open for the Junior Welsh Nationals!

Entry is now open for junior competitors to enter the 2022 Welsh Surfing National Championships!

Click here to enter!

The Junior Welsh National Surfing Championships

Mar
10

2022 Welsh Nationals – New dates and event split in two!

With an ever increasing number of categories and participants, the Welsh Surfing Federation have taken the decision to split the Welsh Nationals into two events:

 

The WSF will therefore be running the Junior Welsh Nationals over the weekend of the 7th & 8th May at Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire

Entry forms will become available in the coming weeks.

 

The Senior Welsh Nationals will take place over the weekend of the 11th & 12th June at either Freshwater West or Llantwit Major – TBC.

Again entry forms will become available in the coming weeks.

 

Stay tuned for updates!

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18

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All the category info here!