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Welsh Junior Squad Training - 2015

The Welsh Surfing Federation is pleased to announce the following training dates available to Welsh Squad Members only. (Squad members will be contacted in due course).

Last year saw the WSF hold a number of successful training weekends and an improved performance at the European Junior Championships


This year Coaches Ingemar and Pete plan to focus a lot more attention on competitive strategy as well as tips on technique using video analysis.


Fitness and diet coach Sam will be pass on his expertise and providing personal training plans. Past Welsh Champs James Jones and Mark Vaughan will also be offer their support and experience.




We look forward to meeting with all of you.

Please see below dates and info for Welsh Junior Squad training days:

30th-31st May           - Porthcawl (Rest Bay) :    Start Time 9:30   Finish 4:30

27th - 28th June        - Pembroke (Fresh West):    Start Time 9:30   Finish 4:30

25th - 26th July        - Gower (Llangenith):       Start Time 9:30   Finish 4:30

29th - 30th August      - Pembroke (Fresh West):    Start Time 9:30   Finish 4:30


PLEASE NOTE: These sessions are for advanced/competition surfers to progress their surfing and competition skills, cost of these weekends is £50 per person. They will be 2 days in length and will consist of video analysis, competition training, fitness/nutrition advice and coaching.

This is a really exciting opportunity for Welsh groms to work with WSF coaching team leading up to the World Championships in October.

Mr Ingemar Cressey – Head Coach


Welsh Surfing Federation




Welsh Nationals write up!

The write up for this years Welsh Nationals is now up in the Contest Results section of this website







Welsh Nationals 2015


This year’s Welsh National Surfing Championships in association with MiPost and Rusty is ON for this weekend, May 2nd, 3rd and 4th at the usual venue of Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire.

The contest is the most prestigious Welsh Surfing Federation event of the year, bringing together competitors of all ages to compete for one of 15 National Titles as well as places in the National Team to compete at European and World level.


The forecast suggests competitors will face a multitude of conditions ranging from pumping to monstrous. With the weather also set to be changeable it will be a challenging weekend for surfers and officials alike.

Last year’s Open Champion James Jones (Gower) has shown good form in the early part of 2015 and will look to successfully defend his title from hotly tipped local surfers Alex Morris, Harry Cromwell and some of Wales’s best young surfers Max Payne, Rhys Poulton and Rhys Barfield.

Emily Williams could make history if she’s able to defend both her Women’s Open and U18 Girls titles for the third time from a record entry. With past champs Gwen Spurlock and Jo Dennison returning the competition will be tough to say the least.

The WSF wishes all our competitors and officials alike the very best of luck at the event and would like to pass on our sincere thanks to our sponsors MiPost, Rusty, FCS and Gorilla (through HolySport UK) the National Trust and Pembrokeshire Parks for allowing us to use Freshwater West once again.

Would all those attending the event please be aware that no camping or fires are permitted at Freshwater West. Please ensure you leave the beach cleaner than when you arrived!

Mr Stuart Bentley
Welsh Surfing Federation




Channel Coast Chargers Retain Wilkinson Sword


Llantwit Major’s Channel Coast surf club successfully defended their Welsh Interclub title with a dominant display on home turf in pumping conditions. The Chargers, as they are known to their rivals, got off to the best possible start and despite the odd scare never looked back to take a comfortable win over Welsh Coast Surf Club, Langland Board Riders and Pembrokeshire Surf Ryders.

The Wilkinson Sword has been the traditional curtain raiser for the Welsh contest season since 1980. Having pipped arch rivals Porthcawl’s Welsh Coast Surf Club by the narrowest of margins last year it was the Chargers honour to host the event. A solid, slightly wobbly yet fun looking 4ft swell greeted contestants with the event getting swiftly under way.

First up the under 18’s who were given the early task of testing their paddling strength against Llantwit’s notorious rip. Arran Bright made light work of both the rip and the opposition with a typically solid performance that set the Chargers on their way. Five Open heats followed which saw Rob Blyth (WC), Adam Jenkins (LBR), Gareth Vaughan (CC), Craig Bright (CC) and Nathan Phillips (CC) take maximum points and Channel Coast edged out into an early lead.


Greg Owen - Welsh Coast Surf Club pic by Tim Parfitt


As the tide pushed in conditions got better and better, the wind and rip dropped and the swell pulsed providing a platform for excellent surfing on the Point.

The Over Something’s enjoyed the best of the conditions and brought some of the day’s best action. Greg Owen (WC) convincingly took the over 40’s whilst James Jones (LBR) and Jamie Bateman (CC) locked into a two-way shoot out in the over 35’s; in what was now pumping surf it took a last minute right by Jones to finally see off Bateman. Mark Vaughan notched up another Channel Coast win in the over 28’s, whilst Breige Lawrence put Welsh Coast back in contention with a good display in the Women’s.

James Jones - LBR Pic by Tim Parfitt

At the two thirds mark the Chargers found themselves in a commanding position.


Jamie Bateman -  Channel Coast  pic by Tim Parfitt


Competition shifted from the Point to the fast running rights of the Ledges to ensure our youngest competitors maximum opportunity to showcase their talents; they didn’t disappoint. First up the U14 rippers, Eli Davies (CC), Jo Morris (WC), Seth Morris (PSR) and Ejay Cogger (LBR) who let their miniature frames loose on the walling rights. The more experienced Jo and Seth, in particular, blitzed the heat giving the expectant crowd plenty to cheer.  A near perfect 9.5, (the day’s highest scoring ride) saw Jo take the win over Seth on this occasion to narrow Channel Coast’s lead over Welsh Coast.

The under 16’s were up next in what was a very tight heat. Jack Mathias gave PSR their first heat win of the day over Cieren Hughes (CC), Logan Nichol (WC) and Patrick Langdon Dark (LBR).Angharad John gave Porthcawl further hope as she narrowly out surfed Niamh Mathias (PSR), Ffion Hughes (CC) and Cadi-Mai Poulton to win the Under18 girls heat.

The action switched back to the point with the Ladies and Men’s Longboard heats. Rachel Cosier put in one of the day’s outstanding performances, prompting club captain Mark Vaughan to name her Man Of the Match, sealing a very hard fought victory over an inform Hazel Ilett putting the Chargers into an unassailable lead with one heat to spare.

Bragging rights still remained in the men’s longboard as Connor Griffiths (LBR) and Raife Gaskell (PSR) demonstrated why they are considered two of the UK’s finest surfers. Connors more traditional surfing outpointed Raife’s more aggressive approach to give LBR the day’s last heat win but wasn’t enough to elevate LBR to second place.

The final team results were as follows:

1st Channel Coast – 1125 points

2nd Welsh Coast – 975 points

3rd Langland Board Riders – 875 points

4th Pembrokeshire Surf Club – 700 points.

The WSF and Channel Coast Surf Club would like to pass on their sincere thanks to the following people:

Llantwit Major Lifeguards

Maria at the Beach Café

Judges: Ray Sansom, Michaela Kuhne, Rhydian Brewer, Steve Poulton, Keith Usher and James McGregor.

Tabulator: Anne Blythe

Beach Marshall: Stuart Bentley

Head Judge: Craig Burrows

Channel Coast Surf Clubs Members for clearing the storm damage from the car park and walkways, and supporting the event. 
Steve Sawyer and Pat the Chat for the Soup and Refreshments.

Channel Coast’s Curt and Nails.

Channel Coasts - Eli  Youngest Competitor!! Pic by Chris French


Wilkinson Sword Champs 2015

Big congrats to Channel Coast Chargers for winning the Wilkinson Sword Welsh interclubs for the second year running..
Write up to follow, once Vaunt finishes celebrating!



Wilkinson Sword Welsh Interclubs 2015


Don't forget the Wilkinson Sword Welsh Interclubs is scheduled to be held next weekend at Llantwit Major, hosted by last years champs Channel Coast Chargers.
Call will be made Thursday morning, will be posted asap.

Get your paddling arms ready, the rip on the Point awaits..


ISA Worlds Schedule Announced

ISA have now published this years schedule here



Dates for diaries!

Wilkinson Sword - Saturday 28th February / 1st March (Llantwit)

WSF AGM - Sunday 22nd March - 6pm Hi-Tide Porthcawl

Welsh Nationals - Freshwater West - 2nd/3rd/4th May ( Back up dates 23rd/24th/25th May )

ISA SUP Worlds in 10th-17th May - Mexico

Senior Euros -  12th - 20th September  ( Casablanca )

Contest Calender to follow


Wales Sports Awards 2014 - Sam Moore

Huge Congrats to WSF Fitness coach and WCSC Grom Development coach Sam Moore who is a finalist in the Wales Sport Awards 2014 and has been nominated for his work as a coach to disabled people.

Fair play to Sam, he's an inspiration to the groms involved with the WSF and Welsh Coast Surf club not only for his fitness training but also the fact that he is a WORLD CHAMPION (age 30-35) in surf swim, surf ski and ocean man, he won his title at the Lifesaving World Championships 2014 held in Montpellier France.

More info about Sam and his work here..

Pic above of Sam competing in the longboard division at the Welsh Coast Surf Club championships. Pic courtesy of Claire Beach.


Welsh Nationals 2014

The Welsh Nationals kindly supported by Rusty, FCS, Gorilla and mophie will kick off tomorrow morning at 8:00 at Freshwater West.
We have all enjoyed using Fresh over the years for our comps.
Without the cooperation of the National Trust we would'nt be able to use this fantastic beach for our national championships, please treat her kindly, don't leave any rubbish, maybe pick up a piece or two when you are walking back from a surf!
Thanks all, have a great weekend and good luck!

Running order for this years Welsh nationals

Saturday junior and women's

Sunday senior events


Monday finals day


8:00 a.m check in at Freshwater West.


Welsh Nationals - Its on!!!


The Nationals are on!!

Kicking off this Saturday May 3rd at Freshwater West, sign in at 8:00 a.m

Contest is scheduled to run Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Entries are now closed, Email Stu Bentley or Craig Burrows for further info

Good luck all

The WSF are delighted to announce that Rusty, FCS, Gorilla and mophie will support this year’s Welsh Nationals. The Nationals represent the single most important date in the WSF contest calendar, with the entry growing each year.

We've also introduced some new categories to this year’s event; over 40's, over 45's as well as a Ladies Longboard have been added. One thing that still remains is the venue, which will be the ever reliable Freshwater West where we’ve enjoyed a run of incredible surfing conditions.

With 15 titles up for grabs plus the club title this year’s Nationals will be the most exciting ever. The Open division should be fascinating with the next generation of Max Payne and Rhys Barfield expected to step up to the main event, alongside the ever improving local crew of Alex Morris, Harry Cromwell and Kiefer Thomson all looking to take away Mark Vaughan's title.

The women's title will be defended by Emily Williams who will have to be on top form to see off an ever growing talent pool of challengers. The three days of competition take place between 3rd, 4th and 5th of May with entry forms available on the WSF website.

The WSF extends a warm welcome to our new sponsors Rusty, FCS, Gorilla and mophie and wish all our competitors the very best of luck. A special mention to Mr Liam O'Shea for all his hard work in securing our sponsors for this year.

Welsh Nationals Entry Forms are available to download under the Online Forms link.. Get amongst it!



Day Three Updates

The interview with Team Wales did'nt happen today due to internet problems, will hopefully be done tomorrow am ( dependant on if we have any early rounds )

Quick update.
Contest restarting at 2:45 Ecuador time.

Max Payne won his repercharge round one heat so progresses through to the next round, probably on tomorrow. Did'nt see Max's heat but apparently he ripped!!
Emily Williams finished fourth in her round two qualifying heat so drops into round two of the repercharge. Em started well but needed one of the set waves to progress.
Cieran Hughes surfed well in his round one repercharge heat but came up against a couple of more experienced surfers and finished fourth.

Next up today is the Under 18 repercharge round one, we're running a couple of hours late so don't know if they will try and complete this today or not.
Keep an eye on the webcast for results and timings.

Arran Bright is in heat 9 peak two
Nathaniel James is in heat 12 I think!! not showing on the pdf again!!



World Juniors Day three

World Juniors Day three..

Look out its a big day for us!

First off check out the event website because the Welsh team are being interviewed on the ISA website Morning show.

Should be starting live about 7:30 Ecuador time ( about 13:30UK ) but will be repeating on youtube etc.


Then we go straight into the surfing!


Under 16's repercharge 1 will be going in on peak two starting 9:15 ( 15 minute heats )

Max Payne will be heat 3

Cieran Hughes? is in heat 9


Em will be in heat 1 of round 2 qualifiers on peak 1, starting at 10:00 our time. This will be on the  webcast live!


Under 18 repercharge 1 will be going in on peak two starting at 12:15 ( 15 minute heats )

Arran Bright will in heat 9

Nathaniel James will in heat 12


Angharad John gets a bye in repercharge round 1 so will be in repercharge round 2 which will probably run the day after tomorrow.



ISA Worlds Day Three

Tomorrow the boys get back in the water for the start of the repercharge rounds, no times yet, they will probably be on peak two again, will advise when I can.
Under 16
Max Payne is in heat 3
Ci Hughes is in heat 9
U18 only showing Arran in heat 9 at the moment.

Keep an eye on the website for accurate info, its a bit slow getting to us out here!


Round two of the Under 18 Girls may run tomorrow as well.


Check out the website for the live feed.


ISA Worlds Day two update


It was the the of the girls today, first up was Em, who surfed a cracking heat and won! YEWW!!!

1st heat win by the Welsh team, hopefully more to come, was nice to get a win over one of the big nations! 
Conditions had deteriorated by the time Angharad got in, not many runners to be had, Angharad was in second place for most of the heat but could'nt get a follow up wave.

Well done both, great effort..




Credit: ISA/Rommel Gonzales



ISA Juniors Day Two

Just the girls in today,  Emily Williams is in the first heat at 8:00 am Ecuador time, Angharad John will in in heat 11 at about 11 Ecuador time.

All on second peak so no webcast but should be live scores.
Good luck girls, we know you'll do us proud.
Pics from yesterday up later, looks like they have resolved the problems with the internet!
The boys went out and gave it their best yesterday, loads learnt, repercharge to go.
We can all be proud of the effort they are putting in!


Webcast here


First Ever Wave rode by a Welsh Team member at the ISA Worlds

The first wave ridden by a Welsh Team member at the ISA World Juniors!




Max Payne lost out in a close heat, an uncharacteristeric fall on a good looking left not helping.
Max did us all proud, look out for him in the repercharge heats!




Arran Bright up on Peak 1, soon keep an eye on the webcast





ISA Juniors first day of competition

It's finally under way, surf is a couple of foot and onshore but the suns out and the groms are ripping!

ALL TiMES are approximate!!! Keep an eye on the webcast.

Approximate running order.

Max Payne U16 Heat 8 Approx 16:30 UK time peak two

Arran Bright U18 Heat 17 Aprox 20:00 UK time peak one


Ci Hughes U16 Heat 20 Approx 20:50 UK time  peak two

Nathaniel James U 18 Heat 21 Approx 21:00 UK time peak one


Watch here!




ISA World Juniors - Opening Ceremony tonight

Opening ceremony for the ISA Worlds starts at 2:45 Ecuador time, looks like you should be able to see the first ever Welsh team to compete at the ISA World Juniors at about 22:00 UK time.

The Comp starts tomorrow at 8:00 Ecuador time. Under 18 Boys and Under 16 Boys are first up.

Look out for Max Payne ( U16 ) Cieran Hughes ( U16 ) Nathaniel James ( U18 ) Arran Bright ( U 18 )

Good luck boys, rip it up!

Watch it here


Welsh SUP Nationals Entry Forms

Can be downloaded now!

Indemity form here.

Entry Form here.






ISA World Juniors

The Welsh Surfing Federation are delighted to announce that the first ever Welsh Surfing Team to compete at an ISA sanctioned event with be competing at the World Junior Surfing Games in Ecuador. The WSF is the only recognised National Governing Body of Surfing in Wales and the UK and are taking this first opportunity in our 41st year to compete on a world stage following the ISA's decision to welcome Wales as a country in its own right.

The Team jet off on Wednesday 2nd April to Ecuador to compete against a collection of the planets greatest young talent in exceptional conditions a world away from the cold waters of Wales.

The WSF wishes all our team members the very best of luck at the event!


Welsh Team member Emily Williams practicing for the World Juniors!

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Welsh Surfing Federation - The National Governing Body of the sport in Wales. The WSF is affiliated to both the International Surfing Association and the European Surfing Federation, and is responsible for promoting the sport, organising National Championships and selecting teams to represent Wales at an International level.

The Welsh Surfing Federation Surf School is based in Llangennith, Gower, Wales. It is a non-profit organisation that takes the role of fund raising to promote surfing in Wales. The WSF surf school is charged with the education of new surfers to the safe, enjoyable use of the sea and to promote environmental awareness.