2017 European Open Champion – Jay Quinn
After a 40 year wait Wales has an European Senior Open Champion – Well done Jay!
Congrats to the Welsh Seniors who finished in 5th place overall in the 2017 European surf championships held in Stavanger, Norway.
The Welsh team would like to thank all it’s sponsors; Billabong and Helly Hansen at the McArthur Glen Retail Outlet Bridgend, BDML, and Porthcawl Harbourside CIC.
The Welsh Senior Surf Team is currently in action at Stavanger, Norway for EuroSurf 2017. The team consists of Jay Quinn, Rhys Barfield, Patrick Langdon Dark, Logan Nicol – (Open Mens) Emily Williams – (Womens Open) Martin John (Mens Longboard), Stuart Beale (Judge) and Stuart Bentley – (Team Manager). Having jetted off nearly a week ago and under gone a 24 hour delay, the team finally arrived at Euro Surf HQ for the 10 day long event which sees some of Europe’s best surfers competing for medals in Norway; which is hosting the event for the first time. Team member Martin John provides a report on the teams performance so far:
The first week has passed here in Norway and as of Tuesday; the first lay day of Eurosurf 2017 and I’m pleased to report all Welsh competitors are still active in the competition. So far the waves have been ok; not perfect but fun beachbreak conditions in spectacular scenery. The Jaeren region of Norway where the event is held possibly a little Scottish for want of a better comparison. Mountains loom in the background and picturesque quaint Nordic houses dot the landscape all the way down to the crystal clear water.
As for the surfers in action here for the Welsh team; Logan Nicol was unlucky in his first mens open heat not to advance, showing real enthusiasm and energy in his first round heat, only narrowly being pipped into second late on but has so far shown no signs of slowing down in the repercharge rounds, winning his first heat in the division with real style and class.
Rhys Barfield is the other open surfer who will have to battle through the repercharge rounds. He advanced into the second progression round with a second place in the first round held on Saturday morning, but unfortunately fell in the second round held in very small surf on Monday. The heat was hard work with very few waves coming through with real scoring potential, it was a shame that none of these waves came to Rhys during the twenty minutes. However his surfing is there that’s for certain, he’ll definitely still be a threat when it comes to his repercharge heats on Wednesday.
Wales still have two surfers remaining in the open progression. Jay Quinn has been dominating his heats thus far; launching airs and putting in massive turns no matter the conditions to win every heat he’s entered. Jay certainly looks like a real force to be reckoned with and there seems to be no reason why he can’t put a stop to the Portuguese domination of the division. Patrick Langdon Dark is also still very active in the open. The small surf suited him and he advanced through yesterday’s P2 heat with a performance that didn’t match his rookie tag in the slightest. All four should be in the water when competition resumes on Wednesday.
Emily Williams is performing well in the womens open division. She was unfortunate however in the last heat of Sunday afternoon in deteriorating conditions to get narrowly pushed into 3rd place and with that; into the repercharge heats. She, like Pat had also showed a maturity far beyond her years and was rarely troubled on her way to winning her first round heat held on Saturday.
Martin John is still active in the longboards despite a difficult first heat on Sunday afternoon. Finding himself a little out of rhythm with the conditions and struggling to find a decent score, although bouncing back to claim first place in the first repercharge round. Some achievement given the tiny surf on Monday afternoon in what turned out to be the last heat before contest organisers decided to call off competition for the day.
The contest looks likely to resume on Wednesday morning with a new wind swell filling in and all our team should have heats to surf. Updates can be found on the Welsh Surfing Federation Facebook page and the competition will have a live feed on eurosurfing.org, or alternatively via the Eurosurf 2017 YouTube channel.
The Welsh team would like to thank all it’s sponsors; Billabong and Helly Hansen at the Mcarthur Glen Retail Outlet Bridgend, BDML, and Porthcawl Harbourside CIC.