Surfers revel at weekend of surfing and socialising as the 2016 Korev British Interclub Surf Championships supported by Dryrobe ran over this past weekend at Fistral Beach in Newquay.
As the tradition goes, the previous year’s winners Newquay Board riders hosted the event in their home break of Fistral beach, and the waters of Cornwall kindly delivered two days of waves for competition. Entry was strong with nine clubs from the around UK entering teams in Junior, Women’s and Open divisions with the usual Cornish and Devon based teams and the welcomed additions of such teams as the Army and Royal Navy and Marines surf clubs. A weekend in which elite and amateur surfing comes together to battle out under their club colours.
With the event site built into the sands of the beach the surfers and spectators enjoyed a great first day of competition on Saturday, with waves in the 3-4ft range but with strong winds making it a game of chance when finding the better scoring potential waves. Local knowledge helped but determination and fitness also played its part as the 20 minute heats rolled on by. Newquay Board Riders established a lead after day one with clubs such as Woolacombe and Bude in pursuit. Korev Beach flags took place shortly after the final heats finished and Joe Woods took the title and won the goods (Korev) for South East Cornwall much to the delight of his thirsty team mates. Then an all our Surfdome Expression session took place in the high tide as spectators kicked back with music and enjoyed the show of the surfers trying airs and radical manoeuvres, Newquay’s Richie Mullins and Hannah Harding taking top honours in this spontaneous fun. A fun evening of socialising as the sun dropped beneath the horizon and the reggae beats filtered throughout the beach bar, friends new and old rejoiced and relaxed.
Day two brought a warming sun and morning of glassy Cornish waves perfect for the Carve Junior division to enjoy. Freshening onshore winds roughed the waves up a bit but that didn’t stop the Jolly Brown Women’s competitors battling out followed by the Billabong Open surfers. More points were earned in the sea as many relaxed on the deck chairs on the beach and the event came to a close mid-afternoon.
Rounds of cheers and applause were well earned as team titles were awarded as follows:
Carve Visionaries Junior Team Champions: Bude Waveriders
Jolly Brown Women’s Team Champions: Newquay Board Riders
Billabong Open Team Champions: Newquay Board Riders
Interclub Team Champions: Newquay Board Riders
Surfing GB would like to that all involved for such an enjoyable weekend, especially the sponsors for making it all possible: Korev Lager, Dryrobe, Surfdome, The Caravan Club, Jeep UK, Go Pro, Red Bull, Billabong, Carve Visionaries, Jolly Brown, Star Surf Camps, Ocean Lodge, Surfvault, Butta Wax. Thanks to Newquay Board Riders for hosting and Fistral Beach/Fistral Beach bar for the support.