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So most Cornish based surfers enjoy Watergate for its peak swell on the North end, forming powerful and running right handers. As well as the high tide banks and the jawdropping cliff views. But this year you can enjoy it for even more.   Contest surf fans roll up, because Watergate's now the stage for two of the year's prime UK surf events.   The English National Surfing Championships runs on the 30th April to the 2nd May. It's already received a tonne of support and excitement following its announcement in October of commitment to equal prize funds for the male and female open categories     Kamron Matthews training...
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Newquay, Cornwall: With the World moving forward in gender equality, it's about time that sporting events follow suit. The English Surfing Federation committee have met today and agreed  that the 2016 English National Surfing Championships will be a gender equal event in terms of prize purse. This is a first in UK competitive surfing, as well as leading the way ahead of many other sports.  Andy Sturt, Chairman of the ESF - "The English Surfing Federation is committed to give equal status to men and women in prize money, this parity is long overdue" There are a few sports who are...
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Earlier this month I went to the Elusive Welsh Open, a surf contest in South Wales at Porthcawl. I love going to Wales! The girls and guys who surf there are a good laugh. I always end up hooking up with my friends Georgie and Libby at surf contests as well as having gone on trips away with them too, so it's nice to know a few friendly faces already. Adam Laister, the videographer and landlocked surfer/snowboarder came along for the ride. The original plan had been to spend about 4 days in Wales, allowing us plenty of time to hunt...
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Newquay surf girls Jen Pendlebury and Allannah Brown stepped up to the mark to organise the 2015 Halloween Surf in style! It has attracted more and more people every year and raised £ for The Wave Project.   The Wave Project is a surf charity helping young vulnerable people in the UK reduce anxiety and improve confidence through surfing. The work they do makes a massive difference to the young people they are able to help and they are growing and reaching out to more every year.   Towan beach was a sight to see this year with all the creative costumes:...
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  Heat by heat write up of the European Surfing Championships 2015 Day 5 - 18th September Ain Daab Casablanca   Repercharge 3 – Men’s Open Seb Smart was up bright and early. He'd also been one of the only surfers to brave the layday stormy conditions. Sebastian picked out the big ones that stood up and made his turns big. He scored enough on just a few waves, then his leash snapped making for a testing swim back to shore. No worries for Seb as he finished in second.   Snapped leash, the price for charging hard. Repercharge 3 –...
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  Heat by heat write up of the European Surfing Championships 2015 Day 6 - 19th September Ain Daab Casablanca     The Finale day was fantastic as team England cheered on Megan Penny.   She was the last surfer standing in our team and surfed her mini final and final while the team flew the flags and watched in anticipation.     Megan did amazingly, picking the right waves to earn her points; rolls and spins and powerful spraying cutbacks on the best faces. Second in the mini final and then fourth in the final against the best European bodyboarders,...
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Heat by heat write up of the European Surfing Championships 2015 Day 4 - 16th September Ain Daab Casablanca Repercharge 2 – Women’s Open Flora's first repo round went fantastically. She was lined up against low scorers and was clear winner. Snaps and a re-entry and a higher scoring backhand again. Repercharge 2 – Men’s Bodyboard Dave Renaud has a tough day ahead fighting to keep a place in both Bodyboard and Men’s open. Bodyboard not being Dave’s specialist sport he came joint 3rd with the Welsh, both scoring exactly the same two waves at 1.13 each. Repercharge 2 – Men’s...
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  Heat by heat write up of the European Surfing Championships 2015 Day 3 - 15th September Ain Daab Casablanca   Repercharge 1 - Men's Open Sam Harwood was again our earliest competitor off the mark, and boy did he do well. Newquay boy Sam scored highly for the heat with a 5.33 after finding a bowly wave and tore it up. The competition is high at this event so scores are at world class level. He built on this finding back up scores to keep him in the lead. Winner of the heat and next round for Sam is repercharge...
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  Heat by heat write up of the European Surfing Championships 2015 Day 2 - 14th September Ain Daab Casablanca   Progressive 1 - Mens Open Sam Harwood was up bright and early for the second heat of the day. Light offshores gave favourable conditions to the other days but still did not give him many open faced options. He dropped the first score of the heat, a small one, but having opened up he could now be pickier and wait for the bigger scoring waves. Sam Harwood, bright and breezy. Sam found a decent left and made the best of...
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  Heat by heat update from the European Surfing Championships 2015 Day 1 - 13th September By Jessie Tuckman   P1 – Longboarding Our man Sam Smart, AKA Rambo, drew well with Holland and Scotland challenging and also with Moroccan Adil El Harif surfing at home. It was always going to be a game of wave selection and using priority well against opponents. Opposing countries dropped scores first but Sam waited patiently and picked a good first wave putting him into the lead. He carried on throughout, picking prime waves that allowed him to use the rails, walk to the nose...
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  The English surf team for 2015 consists of:   Open     Photo by Sam Breeze     Sam Smart - Hailing from Sennen Cove, England's most westerly beach. Sam is the founder of the family surf school and the eldest of the Smart brothers. A true sportsman known not only for his impressive surfing but also a skilled professional boxer.     Photo by Sam Breeze   Seb Smart - Sharing the stoke of surfing along with his family, Seb has been smashing comps since he was a grom with wins in his age group at events such as the Ripcurl Grom Search and...
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I'm not a big fan of the party wave, but it seems some days it's unavoidable to at least get dropped in on once. Surfing is becoming more popular as a one-time "have a go" sport, which is increasing the learner to proficient surfer ratio at popular beaches.   If you are lucky enough to get a decent wave to yourself in a lineup like these pictured, then good luck paddling back out as you duck and weave your way through the crowd.     Photo by MJ Photography   Just today I nearly collided with a (possibly Italian?) tourist who...
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  One of the projects I'm working on this year is a documentary covering the women's side of the UK Pro Surf Tour events. The videographers aim to capture the highs and lows of the surfers on tour and their opinions of what can improve the competition for them in the future. The ladies can often feel like a sideline to the popular and higher valued men's open surfers, so we hope that by creating a film around them they'll share the spotlight.   I am simply ideas, creative and surfer in the documentary. The videographer in charge is Molly Johnson, a...
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Luke can you tell us about your highlights of the last year? Definitely winning the pro junior in Lanzarote and qualifying for the World junior championships in Portugal in September/October of last year. What went through your mind when you won the Franito Pro Junior? It was a blur really, I was shocked but obviously just really happy, I put my head in my hands splashed the water and then looked at the beach with all my friends on the rocks on the water edge cheering and waiting for me, it was unreal.   Photo by Tony Dillon   You managed...
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Cribbar Big Wave is looking for a co-title sponsor to ensure the success of the greatest British surf contest ever. Cribbar Big Wave is hosting the competition to find the surfer who can ride the biggest wave at the Cribbar, whilst staying in control for a single complete ride. The surfers are to paddle in whilst water safety will be available on jet ski. Cribbar Big Wave's official website excitedly states, "In addition to the main event there will be a display of tow-in surfing, if time permits. Big Wave surfing is a part of Cornwalls culture. The Cribbar surf break has...
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With the recent general election most of the Great British people seem to have been under stress. Who to vote for? Can you trust them? Do you even understand their policies? I can tell you one thing for sure. It's finished. Result is in, numbers are crunched. So let’s not waste any more time talking about it. Let us move on to a more light hearted subject.   Wipeouts!   Photo: Richard JB Lipscombe   They can be big! Or small. P.s Small ones can still hurt. I've injured myself in 2ft shorebreak, but been able to take a 6ft set on...
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  • Surfing Valentine's Cards ~ Now you can actually buy them!

      Surfers are sweet. Sometimes salty, but mostly sweet. And to prove it here are some surfing-themed Valentine's cards. You can buy them from our Zazzle shop. Or if you're skint, just copy and paste one of the images below onto your Valentine's Facebook page. If that doesn't do the trick, they clearly have no feelings. Click on any image to view it in the shop.   ...

    by Alfie Hayward
    Monday, 01 February 2016
  • Six Species of Surfer

      Admit it. We're a weird bunch. Here are six of the creatures you'll find yourself mingling with in the line up.   (Illustrations by Andi Pratt. Check out more of his crazy work here and on Instagram.)     And all together:       So which one are you? Or are you a different beast entirely? Let us know in the comments below.   ...

    by Alfie Hayward
    Monday, 11 January 2016
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