Monday, 18 April 2011

South of the Boarder goes off at Poldhu!

The National Trust's South of the Boarder junior surf competition took place last Saturday at Poldhu beach on the Lizard. We had a great day and fantastic conditions in the water and on the beach. All the competitors took the event seriously and really showed us that the next generation of British surfers is full to the brim with talent. The stand out performances of the day came in the under 14s final where all the judges were really impressed with the level of surfing and Rhys Barfield scored a 9.5 highest wave score of the day, unfortunately, due to an interference, he wasn't able to take both the boys titles.

All the competitors added to their scores with litter picking points at the beach clean at the beginning of the event, which although it was an optional part of the competition all the competitors took part in, some scoring a maximum of two points for the amount they contributed to the clean. This made a crucial difference in the girls Under 14 final where Teah Munroe took second place because she contributed more to her heat score with her litter picking points than unfortunately Jordy Lowe did. We were really pleased with the professional attitude though of the young surfers, it's great that at this age they can understand the importance of keeping their local beaches clean and the significance of the work that organisations like the National Trust play in protecting our coastline.

After a day of competition the final results were:

Girls U14s: 1st Flora Lawton, 2nd Teah Munroe, 3rd Jordy Lowe 
Boys Under 14s: 1st Ed Smith, 2nd Rhys Barfield, 3rd Liam Murray Strout and 4th Max Payne
Girls U16s: 1st Jade Lowe, 2nd Liz Hodson, 3rd Maisy Lawton, 4th Danielle Wickham
Boys U16s:1st Rhys Barfield, 2nd Dale Foster, 3rd Ed Smith and 4th Max Payne 

We would like to thank our event sponsors Gul wetsuits, Carve and Surf Girl magazines, local skate shop Grip, Poldhu beach cafe, and Cornish Water company Pure Blue all of whom have provided some fantastic prizes, the overall winner of the boarder series will win accommodation on the beach in Morocco courtesy of Pure Blue. 

The next Boarder series event is North of the Boarder at Crantock on 14th May, for information please go to:

The National Trust are also running a British Team qualification event, the Godrevy Pro Junior on the 7th and 8th May, for more information go to:

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