SURFING BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016
Perranporth, Cornwall, 8/9th Oct - FINALS DAY
Claudia Cosgrove claims National title at Perranporth, Cornwall over the weekend at the British National Surfing Championships.
Out of a field of 214 competitors the Championships were the biggest to be ever held show casing the best surfing talent in the British Isles. 16 surfers from Jersey competed from Veterans down to Under 12 Girls with 5 local surfers reaching the finals in their respected divisions. Surfers were fortunate to be greeted with peaky 2-3ft lefts all weekend with slight offshore winds
Representing Jersey in the under 12 Girls division Claudia Cosgrove 12yrs, used all her Academy training to full effect by being able to deal with tricky conditions in the early rounds to reach her first ever National final. Being able to paddle out back and catch ‘Green’ open-faced waves was an advantage and Cosgrove encouraged by support from her team mates managed to secure the win.
Kitty Brewer 15yrs came into the competition from recently competing in the ISA World Juniors in the Azores and was fully prepared and motivated for the Open Ladies and Under 16 girls Divisions. Surfing with confidence and power Brewer came unstuck in the Ladies Open semi final with a dubious judging decision, which eliminated her in the Open event. Not one to get down hearted she picked herself up reset and charged in the Under 16 Girls final combining backhand hacks with smooth transition turns to gain a second spot behind No 4 in World, Ellie Turner from England.
Following in the Under 18 boys ‘Giant Killer’ Gus Brewer 17yrs, defied the odds and battled his way through heat by heat to gain a spot in the Boys Under 18 final matching his raw talent with Team GB surfers, Liam Murray-Strout, Will Bailey and Harry de Roth. Conditions were less than ideal for the final but Brewer showed some classy backhand whips and tail slides to keep the crowd on their toes but it was the power and flawless style of Will Bailey that took the title. Brewer ran in a credible 4th for his first ever under 18 final.
William Masterman in the Under 14 boys again combined powerful backhand surfing with smooth forehand top to bottom surfing to move through the heats to reach the finals proving yet again that he will be a force to be reckoned with in British Surfing in the very near future with some expert guidance from Surf Solutions Coach Joel Gray. Masterman gained a second place.
In the Masters division, the experienced Sam George used all his knowledge to knock out the No1 seed in round 1 with controlled and powerful surfing on the walling lefts on the left hand side of Perranporth beach. George’s solid surfing continued into the final but was unfortunately let down by the poor conditions pushing him into second position.
Combining with 8 surfers from Guernsey the Channel Islands can be proud to have achieved 6 podium finishers with Matt le Maitre (GSY) reaching the Senior Men final. Even not being accustomed to the Perranporth surf break makes this achievement more credible and proves yet again that Jersey and Guernsey punch above its weight on the sporting front. Thanks to the English Surfing Federation and Surfing Great Britain for organizing the event with the likelihood that the Nationals will be held in Jersey 2019 for the 60th Anniversary of the Jersey Surfboard Club.
Under 12 Girls Claudia Cosgrove 1st
Under 14 Boys Will Masterman 2nd
Under 18 Boys Gus Brewer 4th
Under 16 Girls Kitty Brewer 2nd
Masters Sam George 2nd
Matt Chapman, Ben Chapman, Josh Evans, Hayden Bishop, Gus Brewer, Kitty Brewer, Gabby Taylor, Claudia Cosgrove, Brad Ferguson, David Ferguson, Theo Cabot, Jean Louis Pritchard, Kade Penny, Byron Stolte
Junior Director Suki Brewer assisted by Jane Williams