English Surfing Titans Crowned!
1st June 2018 Paul Andrews
English Surfing crowns kings and queens at the National Surfing Championships
The elite of English surfing descended upon the blue ocean and expansive sands of Watergate Bay in Cornwall over the bank holiday, with 170+ entries across 19 divisions, shortboard to longboard, with Korev Team rider Lucy Campbell from Woolacoombe retaining her English Women’s title and Newquay’s Luke Dillon giving reigning champion Reubyn Ash a real run for his money in the fog-bound waves. Co
Competition was fierce throughout day one and day two as twin peaks ran simultaneously to give the surfers their 20 minutes to shine amongst the fog, with half of each heat progressing and half exiting. Days were made and dreams were shattered as surfers competed to make their respective finals in search of the coveted English champion titles.
Event partners provided the relaxed competition areas with DJ’s for entertainment, sponsors on hand to engage and enjoy the company of the friendly surfers and deck chairs for the bank holiday vibes. The event also gave an annual opportunity for our community and members to come together and engage with Surfing England and enjoy the opportunities to celebrate our sport.
The Finals day was just like any good swell, it built and delivered, as each division took to the water and put their skills to work, navigating the sea, exploring the line up and laying down their best manoeuvres in the 3-4ft high tide pealing waves of Cornwall. Then before long the premiere women’s division open surfers took to the water and Lucy Campbell fought off her competitors to retain her title.
The men’s open final was described by some as one of the most progressive, high quality and electrifying finals to come out of England in decades, and most on the beach would agree. As Reubyn Ash took to the air, Will Bailey power hacked, Luke Dillon chucked buckets and Miles Lee-Hargreaves rotated above the lip to the joy of all watching, the judges had non stop action to officiate over and in the end Reubyn took the win to retain his champion title.
Picking up the Women’s Open trophy for the second year running, Lucy Campbell said, “It’s a real thrill to win this title again. While we travel year-round now to compete in some of the most amazing waters, it’s still an incredible feeling to come back to the UK and go up against people you know and who you’ve grown up with in competition. It’s a special feeling.”