BRITS LEAD FIELD AT BOARDMASTERS

BRITS LEAD FIELD AT BOARDMASTERS

BOARDMASTERS SURFING LAUNCHES

The Boardmasters, Quiksilver Open launched yesterday in wind-affected three-to-four foot surf at Fistral beach and completed the opening two rounds of competition of the men’s event as well as the opening round of the women’s Boardmasters, Roxy Open.

Competitors made the best of the conditions on offer and put on a good show for the Newquay locals and tourists coming to enjoy the beach at Fistral.

Bude surfer Jobe Harriss (GBR), 21, opened his account with a solid heat to rack up a 14 points total and advance into the third round of competition in Cornwall. The long time WSL competitor had to put his surfing career on standby following the loss of his main sponsor this season and was extremely happy to put the competition jersey back on on home turf.

“I had a free surf this morning and barely did a turn so I was a bit worried, but luckily now at low tide it’s nice and steep and has a few sections!” Harriss stated. “Pretty much every U.K tour event ever is at Fistral so I’ve surfed loads of heats down here and I knew it was going to get better at low. I came fifth here last year, this year’s feels like it’s got a stronger field but I’m confident and hoping for the best.”

2016 Boardmasters runner-up Angelo Bonomelli (ITA), 26, managed to escape a treacherous Round Two matchup and advanced in second position behind Liam O’Brien (AUS) to keep his hopes of reaching the finals again alive. The Italian surfer returned to Fistral to launch his European season and try to improve on his overall ranking.

“I really struggled to find good waves and honestly didn’t expect to make it through this heat,” Bonomelli admitted. “Last year’s was my best result ever and I don’t know if I’m capable of doing better but I sure am going to try my hardest! I love the vibe here, I’m staying with the Timson family and it’s like being home.”

An avid traveler, Bonomelli found in Cornwall reasons to come back and enjoy the special vibe the place has to offer. As much as surfing a final was a highlight for the Italian surfer last year, the general atmosphere at Boardmasters is really what got him to come back.
“The weather here changes every ten minutes so you have to prepare for everything but some days we get really good waves and even pretty much to ourselves. People are super nice and it’s a pleasure to come back. I even went to the music festival last year and it was fun, a bit too crowded for me but if you’re into music you just have an incredible night there. It’s a great way to get more people to the beach and show them competitive surfing, there’s also skateboarding and other sports so it’s a festival for everyone and a great way to enjoy a sunny summer day.”
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Fresh off a victory at the Murasaki Shonan Open in Japan, Lliam Mortensen (AUS), 20, managed to keep his momentum going today and made his way into Round Three of competition. Currently sitting right outside the Top 100 on the Qualifying Series, the Australian is after a few more ranking points to access the prestigious QS10,000 events later this season.

“I’m glad to be here for the first time, it looks like an amazing place,” Mortensen said. “It’s tricky to surf a heat when you have no idea what the situation is, but you just kind of have to score your waves yourself and hope you’re surfing better than your opponents. Japan was awesome and it’s hard to come back in your first event after a win, but I’m going to try and better a few other results to hopefully get into the Top 100.”

A two-time event winner in the Longboard division at Boardmasters, Edouard Delpero (FRA), 27, got off to a good start on his shortboard as well today. In the hunt for another European longboard champion title, Delpero is also a threat on the QS and will try to better his best result at Fistral, an excellent third place a few years ago.

“I dare say this is classic Newquay conditions for Boardmasters,” Delpero commented. “It’s pretty windy but there’s waves out there if you can find the right sections. It’s good to come early and do the QS so you can work out the conditions. We have a great battle going again with my brother Antoine and Emilien (Fleury) leading this time, so I look forward to getting the longboard out and fight for the title.”

Other notable results include the successful starts of British surfers Liam Turner, Angus Scotney, Gearoid McDaid, Alan Stokes, Luke Dillon, Jay Quinn, Harry Timson, Joss Ash, Reubyn Ash and Seth Morris.

Capitalizing on conditions on Day One, the women then entered the arena to complete their opening round of competition at Boardmasters, Roxy Open.

Argentina’s Lucia Cosoleto belted the day’s highest combined heat total for the women, with a solid 13.17 to advance into the top seeds’ Round Two.

Longboarder and current No. 3 in the world Honolua Blomfield (HAW), 18, decided to enter the QS event as well and marched right through the opening round early this evening. The Hawaiian surfer jumped on the opportunity to visit a different part of the world she was yet to explore and will be a force to be reckoned with in both the short and longboard events this week.

“It was my mom and I’s dream to come here and I met a friend from here about a month ago in Bali and decided to come,” Blomfield said. “I came mostly for the longboard but thought I’d enter the QS as well just for fun! I’ve been here a couple of days and I love it so far, the festival is something really different from what I’m used to.”

In the following heat, former Championship Tour athlete and famed musician Lee-Ann Curren(FRA), 28, managed to advance into Round Two despite receiving an interference and being judged on her best wave only. The French surfer had earlier that day played her music for the public at Fistral during the Day Sessions.

The competition window opens Friday for Boardmasters, Jeep Men and Women’s Longboard, with a first call at 7:30 a.m for both the men and women. Qualifying Series athletes will reconvene at 11 a.m.

Boardmasters are scheduled from August 9-13, 2017 at Fistral Beach, Cornwall – England. For all results, photos, video highlights and press releases, log on to worldsurfleague.com

Boardmasters are supported by Corona, Monster Energy, Cornish Orchards, VISA, Samsung, Quiksilver, Roxy, Jeep, Carve Surfing Magazine, Surfgirl, Radio X and DJ Mag among others, with MagicSeaWeed.com as official forecaster.

UPCOMING BOARDMASTERS, QUIKSILVER OPEN ROUND 3 MATCHUPS:
Heat 1: Lliam Mortensen (AUS), Jobe Harriss (GBR), Liam Turner (GBR), Alan Stokes (GBR)
Heat 2: Jock Barnes (AUS), Arne Bergwinkl (DEU), Angus Scotney (GBR), Gearoid McDaid (IRL)
Heat 3: Max Longhurst (AUS), Liam O’Brien (AUS), Jay Quinn (NZL), Caina Souza Da Silva (BRA)
Heat 4: Luke Dillon (GBR), Angelo Bonomelli (ITA), Theo Julitte (FRA), Ian Fontaine (FRA)
Heat 5: Ignacio Guisasola (ESP), Edouard Delpero (FRA), Lens Arancibia Avila (FRA), Moses Le Grice (AUS)
Heat 6: Slade Prestwich (ZAF), Alex Bauduin (CNY), Harry Timson (GBR), Joss Ash (GBR)
Heat 7: Tristan Guilbaud (FRA), Jordan Lawler (AUS), Pablo Montero (ESP), Marcos Rojas (CRI)
Heat 8: Reubyn Ash (GBR), Seth Morris (GBR), Kairi Noro (JPN), Luis Diaz (CNY)

UPCOMING BOARDMASTERS, ROXY OPEN ROUND 2 MATCHUPS:
Heat 1: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS), Ellie Turner (GBR), Teal Hogg (ZAF), Emily Currie (GBR)
Heat 2: Reika Noro (JPN), Vahine Fierro (PYF), Nadia Erostarbe (EUK), Hannah Bristow (GBR)
Heat 3: Justine Dupont (FRA), Eliza Greene (AUS), Lucia Cosoleto (ARG), Leonor Fragoso (PRT)
Heat 4: Mikaela Greene (AUS), Peony Knight (GBR), Joanne Dennison (GBR), Yolander Hopkins (PRT)
Heat 5: Carol Henrique (PRT), Lucy Campbell (GBR), Honolua Blomfield (HAW), Lee-Ann Curren (FRA)
Heat 6: Ella Williams (NZL), Nagisa Tashiro (JPN), Summa Longbottom (AUS), Denver Young (AUS)
Heat 7: Camilla Kemp (PRT), Ainara Aymat (EUK), Uhaina Joly (FRA), Tiana-Breeze De Mooij (NZL)
Heat 8: Ren Hashimoto (JPN), Ariane Ochoa (EUK), Josefina Ane (ARG), Marion Philippe (PYF)

BOARDMASTERS, QUIKSILVER OPEN ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Max Longhurst (AUS) 11.00, Jock Barnes (AUS) 10.90, Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 9.97, Kit Innes (GBR) 6.93
Heat 2: Jobe Harriss (GBR) 14.00, Arne Bergwinkl (DEU) 10.86, Jesse Halkett (AUS) 8.80, Cieran Hughes (GBR) 3.47
Heat 3: Angus Scotney (GBR) 11.50, Liam Turner (GBR) 10.43, Pedro Coelho (PRT) 9.67, Tom Butler (GBR) 3.93
Heat 4: Gearoid McDaid (IRL) 14.30, Alan Stokes (GBR) 9.06, Arran Strong (GBR) 8.76, Mark Boyd (SCO) 4.87
Heat 5: Max Longhurst (AUS) 13.07, Luke Dillon (GBR) 9.57, Ben Penny (AUS) 8.43, Rhys Barfield (GBR) 5.93
Heat 6: Liam O’Brien (AUS) 11.50, Angelo Bonomelli (ITA) 9.07, Charlie Rio (JEY) 7.50, Titouan Canevet (FRA) 6.70
Heat 7: Theo Julitte (FRA) 12.33, Jay Quinn (NZL) 10.94, Daiki Tanaka (JPN) 9.83, Harry De Roth (GBR) 8.97
Heat 8: Ian Fontaine (FRA) 13.00, Caina Souza Da Silva (BRA) 10.73, David Noy (ISR) 8.17, Stanley Norman (GBR) 4.93
Heat 9: Ignacio Guisasola (ESP) 11.03, Slade Prestwich (ZAF) 10.66, Tomas Fernandes (PRT) 6.24, Tom Boelsma (NDL) 6.03
Heat 10: Edouard Delpero (FRA) 10.33, Alex Bauduin (CNY) 7.70, Paul Moretti (NZL) 7.63, Logan Nicol (GBR) 7.33
Heat 11: Harry Timson (GBR) 12.70, Lens Arancibia Avila (FRA) 11.90, Liam Murray Strout (GBR) 6.27, Ariel Sanin (ISR) 4.14
Heat 12: Joss Ash (GBR) 11.00, Moses Le Grice (AUS) 9.67, Naru Awada (JPN) 8.10, Kaspar Hamminga (NLD) 6.83
Heat 13: Tristan Guilbaud (FRA) 13.00, Reubyn Ash (GBR) 9.87, Pepijn Tigges (NDL) 5.53, Will Bailey (GBR) 4.80
Heat 14: Jordan Lawler (AUS) 9.07, Seth Morris (GBR) 8.46, Kai Awada (JPN) 7.70, Ely Cassirer (ISR) 4.87
Heat 15: Kairi Noro (JPN) 10.00, Pablo Montero (ESP) 8.84, Miles Lee Hargreaves (GBR) 8.80, Max Payne (GBR) 6.87
Heat 16: Luis Diaz (CNY) 9.00, Marcos Rojas (CRI) 7.73, Patrick Langdon-Dark (GBR) 7.44, Jakob Lilienweiss (DEU) 5.80

BOARDMASTERS, ROXY OPEN ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Teal Hogg (ZAF) 10.00, Hannah Bristow (GBR) 4.76, Mirna Boelsma (NDL) 3.77
Heat 2: Nadia Erostarbe (EUK) 9.50, Emily Currie (GBR) 9.24, Ozvan Masseron (FRA) 7.93, Tehillah McGuinness (GBR) 5.07
Heat 3: Lucia Cosoleto (ARG) 13.17, Yolander Hopkins (PRT) 11.10, Dominga Valdes (NLD) 7.23, Ffion Hughes (GBR) 3.13
Heat 4: Joanne Dennison (GBR) 7.60, Leonor Fragoso (PRT) 5.83
Heat 5: Honolua Blomfield (HAW) 11.67, Denver Young (AUS) 8.77, Nina Reynal (FRA) 5.53
Heat 6: Summa Longbottom (AUS) 8.46, Lee-Ann Curren (FRA) 6.77, Klervi Masseron (FRA) 5.17
Heat 7: Uhaina Joly (FRA) 12.93, Marion Philippe (PYF) 7.84, Mischa Maguire (GBR) 2.93
Heat 8: Josefina Ane (ARG) 11.83, Tiana-Breeze De Mooij (NZL) 7.33, Emily Williams (GBR) 4.20, Alys Barton (GBR) 0.40

BOARDMASTERS, QUIKSILVER OPEN ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Lliam Mortensen (AUS) 10.60, Cieran Hughes (GBR) 7.20, Joshua Hughes (GBR) 4.87
Heat 2: Liam Turner (GBR) 10.50, Alan Stokes (GBR) 8.50, Jordan Dean (GBR) 6.20, Kamron Matthews (GBR) 3.77
Heat 3: Max Longhurst (AUS) 9.30, Charlie Rio (JEY) 7.30, Chad Schwab (ZAF) 4.13
Heat 4: Jay Quinn (NZL) 10.07, Caina Souza Da Silva (BRA) 8.74, Joseph Morris (GBR) 2.90
Heat 5: Slade Prestwich (ZAF) 9.17, Logan Nicol (GBR) 7.00, Alex Ashen (GBR) 5.27
Heat 6: Harry Timson (GBR) 10.70, Joss Ash (GBR) 8.80, Samuel Coad (GBR) 7.47
Heat 7: Reubyn Ash (GBR) 11.77, Jordan Lawler (AUS) 7.97, Will Davey (GBR) 7.36
Heat 8: Max Payne (GBR) 9.27, Patrick Langdon-Dark (GBR) 7.23, Frankie Bamford (GBR) 7.03

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TK hacks – Taylor Knox comes to town!


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Taylor Knox man of roundhouse, a flawless J Bay attack, man hacks and 22 years on tour visited the UK on Saturday. 14 years after he last set foot on our shores the legend hosted a day of Reef activity including the “Get your hack on #justpassingthrough Grom day”, the World Premiere of the new Reef film Exit and the launch of the M.W. for Reef collection at Watershed surf shop.

To say the groms frothed out was an understatement. They came from all over the country got their caps signed and went rampaging into the sea, then came back out for more selfies and signatures.

In the evening, after TK had been taken on a tour of Skinners Brewery, the crew and more reassembled at the Carn Marth for the world premiere of Reefs new film. Then after the over 18’s all rolled off to Watershed to check out a collab between Reef and world class Japanese designer Masafumi Watanabe.

All up a great day was had by all. Have to say it was amazing to see a legend of Taylors standing back the UK, Rob Machado being last over two years ago. Hopefully we can convince more brands to bring over more legends and take them to more venues. Good work Reef!

Here’s a gallery. Tag your bad selves #carve #carvemag #justpassingthrough

Perfect job? The world's largest surf travel company have a job going in Newquay

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Junior full time Sales Role in the Largest Surf Travel Agency in the World. Join them at their new UK Headquarters in Newquay, Cornwall.

The Perfect Wave are the largest Surf Travel Company in the world with teams of travel experts and devoted surfers here to offer their experience and knowledge. They have just opened an office in Newquay and are looking for staff.

Candidates must have business to customer sales experience at least 2 years. This is a MUST, as is a passion for either surfing and/or travelling. Travel agency experience is a bonus.

You will be selling surf holidays to mainly UK (plus 30% European) clients to travel to destinations around the globe.

You must be highly driven and able to use your own initiative. This is an amazing opportunity to grow into a management role within a couple years if you show the right aptitude.

Salary: £12,000 base plus commission/bonuses and a free annual surf or activity trip to the Maldives or Mentawai’s.

The Company: The Perfect Wave are the largest Surf Travel Company in the world. We have a worldwide network of service dedicated professionals with offices in Australia servicing Asia & the Pacific; France and the UK servicing the entire European market; as well as representative offices in Japan, Bali & Maldives.

Contact: barry@perfectwavetravel.com with your up to date CV.

 

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Wave Project Summer Surf Challenge

UK surf competition for people with disabilities!

A weekend of free surfing for disabled people will take place at The Wave Project Summer Surf Challenge on June 21-22 in Newquay.

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The event at Fistral Beach will include a surf competition for people with disabilities, plus free surf taster sessions all weekend run by former UK surf champion Russell Winter and pro surfer Hannah Harding.

Sponsored by insurance company Amlin, the competition will be the only one in the UK open to people of any disability.

It will see people with different disabilities surfing against each other, with weighting applied to their scores depending on their ability.

The idea was put together by staff at The Wave Project in partnership with surf competition expert Dave Reed, who runs the UK Pro Surf Tour.

It means that the contest can be open to as many different people as possible who want to take part.

Wave Project spokesman Joe Taylor said the emphasis was on inclusion and having fun.

He said: “The competition is an opportunity for surfers who are classed as having a disability to show what they can do.

“It’s worth remembering that some of the world’s greatest surfers have impairments – people like Bethany Hamilton, who lost an arm in a shark attack, or Clay Marzo who has Asperger Syndrome, a form of autism.

“We would like to show that surfing is one of the sports where disabled people can compete on a level playing field with able-bodied surfers. This is a chance to do that while having lots of fun in the process.”

The event is also an opportunity for people with a disability to try surfing for the first time with the support of some of the industry’s most seasoned pros.

Former UK surf champion Russell Winter will be on hand to take people into the water and give out tips, and alongside him will be Wave Project surf ambassador Hannah Harding, herself a pro surfer.

Hannah said: “It’s a real honour to be able to work with people with disabilities in the water and see the smiles on their faces when they catch a wave.

“I’m really stoked to be taking part in this amazing event!”

The event is also being supported by Surfing GB, the national body for surfing.

Nick Rees from Surfing GB said: “We are delighted to be supporting this fantastic event. Surfing GB is committed to increasing opportunities for all in surfing across the UK, so we are proud to be supporting the Surf Challenge for Autism that will enable people on the autistic spectrum to participate in a high profile competition.”

A spokeman from Amlin, which is sponsoring the event, said: “We are proud to be sponsoring this initiative and creating opportunities for people with disabilities to enjoy this exciting sport.”

People who wish to take part can complete an entry form on the Wave Project website at www.waveproject.co.uk.