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Day one of the European Surfing Championships 2015

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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 and even throw in a floater and 360. Clearly he was having the most fun out there too. His repertoire of exciting manoeuvres earned him second place and progression into the next round, skipping repercharge.

 

P2 – Longboarding

Rambo was raging to smash through his next round. Sam Smart pulled out all the stops pulling into two barrels, making one and carving the faces up with big cutbacks and more floaters. It wasn't meant to be as the barrel waves only earnt him scores in the mid 4's. But with the opportunity of Repercharge 2 ahead Sam was keen to get back out there.

 

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Sam Smart, balance training.

 

P1 – Bodyboarding

Ladies Cornish Bodyboarder Megan Penny was facing tough opposition as she drew home surfer Fatima Zahra Berrada. Fatima was clearly comfortable at home. Our surfer had to read the waves well and pick out the hollower and steeper sections where possible.

Megan impressed the judges with combinations of rolls and spins and came in strong second well ahead of Holland and Scotland's ladies.

 

P1 – Bodyboarding

Open England's coach Dave Renaud stepped forward as willing competitor in the bodyboard open. The wind had built up making for mushy white outs with a few soft faces in between sets. Dave pulled off a roll in heat and used the full length of all waves, often coming right into the beach. Adding in some powerful cutbacks earnt him a 3rd place in this heat. Team England are proud of Dave.

 

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Dave Renaud, ready to show them how we roll.

 

Repercharge 2 – Longboarding

Stepping into the water for the third time today, Sam Smart wore the rashie with pride. His energy in the surf didn’t falter as he brought his progressive surfing skills into play on the longboard and displayed power and flow, connecting manoeuvres and putting the competition under pressure. Always the entertainer Sam also pleased the crowd, jumping to switch stance near the shore-line to finish his longboarding stint in Morocco on a high.

 

P2 – Bodyboarding

Ladies Megan Penny walked out with determination into the next round of bodyboarding. The competition consisted of current world champion Alexandra Rinder, ten times Spanish champion Deva Solar and a Swedish/Brazilian woman (We all know how skilled the Brazilians are in the surf).

The big, windy, mushy waves were again not ideal for bodyboarding and made for a low total wave count in the heat. But our girl did us proud. After Alexandra's roll calling whoops from the crowd Megan performed her own air-roll and built on this with some big turns through the heat. Coming second, she is ahead of some big names and has only one more heat before the final.

 

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Flying the flag for England

 

Keep checking back for the latest directly from the competition.

 

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