Matt Chapman is crowned Open first round winner
The first round of the series was held on Saturday both at the Watersplash and Secrets in heavy onshore conditions proving that fitness along with surfing ability was the key to success. 4 divisions competed for series points which were the Under 21s, Ladies, Longboard and the Open
After 10 hours of continual heats with only a break of an hour and half at low tide starting at 7.30am the Open reached the final stages. The contest venue was moved to Secrets as the tide had hit the wall at the Watersplash where the top seeds displayed all the speed, power and flow that was needed to gain the points in the excellent range.
After 2 strongly contested semi finals and in the 12th hour of the contest Matt Chapman, Nathan Elms, Jake Warr (GSY) and Sam George secured a spot in the final. As the tide dropped and the sun began to drop behind the clouds the final kicked off with gusto. Big hitters Matt Chapman and Sam George carved up the walled up lefts performing top to bottom turns exactly to the judging criteria which were then nullified by Nathan Elms and Jake Warr (GSY) performing swooping hacks and powerful top turns on the rights. As the final progressed Matt Chapman turned up the heat by taking to the air and landing high performance rotations. Nathan Elms not deterred by Chapman’s efforts stuck to his game but could’nt quite catch him in the dying minutes. Warr (GSY) who had a ‘buzzer beater’ in the semi final could’nt find the right waves with high scoring potential and senior, George, after surfing 7 20min heats previously, again failed to get that last wave. The final scores were all within 2 points of each other and was a quality display of Channel Island Surfing.
The Longboard heats and Ladies final were also held at Secrets. Josh the Marquand was pipped at the post by RNLI Lifeguard supervisor Will Glenn in the Longboard Final in some tricky conditions. Following in 3rd was BLU Tour surfer, Aaron Rowe and Soundwave’s Sam George.
Laurie McGregor from Splash Surf Centre and Channel Island Team surfer just managed to out manoeuvre Ladies young guns, Kitty Brewer, Lily Newstead and Claudia Cosgrove agin in some testing conditions.
The Under 21’s had there final at the Watersplash before the tide hit the wall. A long paddle out was required to get out back and as the average age was 13yrs, this was no mean achievement in itself. The surf had also increased in size with some of the waves in the overhead range for the youngsters. Jean-Louis Pritchard’s Wave selection was the key to his victory as the others battled to find the right waves. Pritchard ran in 1st followed by Kade Penny, Byron Stolte 3rd and Theo Cabot 4th.
The Event was sponsored by the The Mango Tree and Soundwave Surfshop and organized by the Jersey Surfboard Club in association with the Guernsey Surfboard Club.
Thanks go to the volunteers that helped with the admin and Judges George Solh from the Jersey Surf School and Tim Gaudion and Andy Torode from the Guernsey Surfboard Club.
1st Matt Chapman
2nd Nathan Elms
3rd Jake Warr
4th Sam George
1st Will Glenn
2nd Josh le Marquand
3rd Aaron Rowe
4th Sam George
1st Laurie McGregor
2nd Kitty Brewer
3rd Lily Newstead
4th Claudia Cosgrove
1st Jean-Louis Pritchard
2nd Kade Penny
3rd Byron Stolte
4th Theo Cabot