SURFING THE JERSEY OPEN 10/10/15
The Jersey Open Surfing Championships were held at St Ouen's Bay on Saturday 10th of October in clean one to three foot waves generated by ex hurricane Joaquin.
A promising swell forecast led to a late call by contest organisers to capitalise on the forecasted swell in the hope of giving some of the islands best surfers the chance to compete in good quality waves. The day of the contest dawned with slightly smaller than expected surf but the swell was groomed by light offshore winds which enabled the competitors plenty of opportunity to impress the judges.
The Open final was hotly contested with former Channel Island Team surfer Ben Chapman starting strongest with a series of backhand snaps and re entries on a peeling right hand wave that netted him the heat's highest single wave score. Junior surfers Finlay Clayton and Hayden Bishop, who competed in last months European Championships in Morocco, matched more experienced surfers throughout the event to reach the final. Bishop performed a series of critical turns throughout the final but was unable to find the bigger waves on offer that would have enabled him to surf to his potential. It was a similar story with Clayton who executed some solid slashing manoeuvres however he too was unable to find any of the larger set waves that would have allowed him to get the scores needed to take the win.
Nathan Elms surfed consistently throughout the event and built a series of good scores during the twenty minute final by utilising the bigger waves to demonstrate powerful wraps and tail slides. With Chapman unable to find the wave he needed to put the final out of reach of his competitors, it was Elms who held his nerve to take the win with Chapman a close second and Bishop and Clayton third and fourth respectively.
Channel Island Team surfer Chantelle Coote dominated the Ladies event. Chased hard by Academy surfers Gabby Taylor, Amelia Gould, Claudia Cosgrove and Holly Garnet, Coote managed to perform linking turns with style and flow giving her enough points to get the win. The Academy girls were praised for their commitment and endeavor in face of tough opposition.
The Jersey Surfboard Club would like to thank ESC for use of the judging trailer and The Line Up café for sponsoring the trophies.