The decision has been made to postpone the Welsh Nationals SUP contest that was due to run this weekend at Langland Bay.
It will be rescheduled for September (date to be announced).
Keep an eye here on our news feed and our socials for any updates.
The BLU have called the event ON - The Porthcawl Longboard Classic - Rest Bay.
This will be a great event if you are able to get down to the beach and support the competitors from all over the UK.
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.
1. Dexter Cromwell
1. Josie Hawke; 2. Taylor Shelmerdine; 3. Summer-Marie Moore; 4. Florence Curran-Hughes
1. Taylor Shelmerdine; 2. Caitlin Morris; 3. Indi Lynch; 4. Poppy Owen
1. Tomos O’leary; 2. Arthur Buick; 3. Elijah Jones; 4. Luca Owen
1. Katie David; 2. Poppy Owen; 3. Anna-Rose Merchant; 4. Taylor Shelmerdine
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
U18 Girls Longboard
1. Anna-Rose Merchant; 2. Nell Saddler; 3. Evelyn Reed
U18 Boys Longboard
1. Blake Jones; 2. Seth Reed
1. Eli Perrins Davies; 2. Blake Jones; 3. Euan Buick; 4. Arthur Buick
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.
The call has been made! This weekend the Junior Championships will be held at Freshwater West.
Unfortunately, the Wilkinson Sword is postponed for the second time due to the forecast showing inadequate surf. A new date will be set - please keep an eye on our news feed and our socials for the new date.
A reschedule for the Wilkinson Sword inter club competition at Langland Bay has been confirmed for April 2nd & 3rd, 2022.
The first rescheduled date clashed with the Rip Curl Grom Search which many of the competitors will be attending. Sorry for any confusion.
Keep an eye here on our news feed, on our events calendar and our socials for all the updates.