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.
Pob Lwc i tîm yr Alban
Good luck to the Scottish Surfing Federation team who fly out tomorrow to compete in the International Surfing Federations 50th Anniversary World surfing championship being held at Punta Rocas Peru.
It's the first Scottish team to compete at a ISA World champs, we're sure you will have a great time , enjoy the experience and do your country proud!
The event starts on October 24th and live webcast will be available here
Swansea boyos ripping!
Some great results for Swansea based surfers over the last couple of weeks.
Connor Griffiths won the Open division of the Christian Surfers Jesus Longboard classic held at Polzeath over the weekend of 11th/12th October.
Rhys Poulton has just won the BUCS Student surf championship at Fistral this weekend. Think that makes him 2014 Mens BUCS Champion!
Will post report when i can find it!
Well done both, fantastic to see you both ripping in the seniors!!
ESF Euro Juniors 2014 - 8th!
Immensely proud of the the Welsh Junior team after their 8th place finish in the European Juniors held in the Azores.
They have all worked really hard in tough conditions and shown great team spirit throughout the contest.
Huge congrats to Bethan Lewis 4th in the U18 Bodyboard & Raife Gaskell 4th in the Longboard.
Well done team, enjoy the free surf before you come home!
Team Manager – Stu Bentley
Assist. Manager- Linda Sharpe
Coach - Ingemar Cressey
Photos/selfies - Gareth Hughes
Reserve/BB – Nathaniel James, Owen Alexander
U 18 Girls
Reserve/BB – Bethan Lewis
Reserve/BB Patrick Langdon-Dark
A big thanks to the officials, the team and the parents who made the trip possible.
Euro Juniors Azores 2014
Finals day at the 2014 Euro Juniors, we've got Raife Gaskell in the Longboard Final and Bethan Lewis in the Bodyboard semis!
Bethan is up first at about 9:30 ( UK time ), then Raife in at 13:25 ( UK time ).
Good luck both, harness the force of yr Draig Coch!
These times may change, keep an eye on the website here
Well done to all the groms who have competed, keep the support going, we're proud of you all!!
European Juniors 2014
Comp starts at 8:00 Azores time, which will be 9:00 am our time. Will post approx heat times once we have them
U18 Body board in this morning.
Owen Alexander -heat 3 Nathaniel James -heat 4
Then Patrick Langdon-Dark in the U16 BB.
Rhys Barfield in Heat 1 and Arran Bright in Heat 6
Good luck all..
Webcast on here
The Welsh Juniors on their way to the European Championships..
Good luck all, we know you'll do us proud!
The European Juniors held at Santa Barbara in the Azores will be kicking off on the 13th September, webcast and heat listings url will be posted here.
Freshwater West BLU Longboard Classic POSTPONED
Due to there probably not being any surf this weekend, the BLU at Fresh has been postponed.
The Freshwater West BLU Longboard Classic in association with the National Trust will now be held at Fresh West on the 20th/21th September.
( 26th/27th September will be used as a backup!)
Last years event was a cracker, get your entries in now!!
Entry forms on BLU website http://www.british-longboard-union.co.uk
Rip Curl Gromsearch Fresh West Postponed
Lack of surf forces us to postpone this weekends Rip Curl Gromsearch at Fresh West..
New dates coming soon!
Junior Squad Training August 2014 Reminder!
Quick reminder about the Welsh Junior Squad training to be held at Rest Bay, Porthcawl on the weekend of 2nd and 3rd August.
Can all interested please send in your payments to
22 Rest Bay Close
Alternatively if you can't make it please let Stu know via email so we have an accurate idea of the numbers attending.
Rip Curl Gromsearch 2014 - Welsh Groms on it!!
The Welsh Groms were out in force at the first Rip Curl Gromsearch of 2014 held at Croyde this weekend, sounds like conditions were pretty tough with very small surf but some great performances from the youngsters.
Ffion Hughes won the U12's, was 2nd in the U14's and 4th in the U16's. Joseph Morris took 3rd in the U14's. Seth Morris won best move in the Expression Session. Niamh Mathias was 5th in the U16's, Patrick Langdon-dark, Jack Mathias, Seth Morris, Cieran Hughes & Max Payne all made it to the semi's in their respective divisions.
Next Weekend the Rip Curl Gromsearch moves to Fresh West, fingers crossed for some swell so the groms can make the most of their home fixture!!
Call to be made by 17:00 on Wednesday!!
Junior Squad Training August 2014
Our 1st weekend of training for the WSF junior squad will take place on the weekend of the 2nd/3rd of August at Rest Bay Porthcawl.
Meet up in Rest Bay Car Park at 9am and we will aim to finish at 4:30 on both days ( unless conditions dictate otherwise ).
The Cost of the weekend will be £75 for the entire weekend.
All payment to be made to Stuart Bentley at WSF
Please inform us as soon as possible if you will be booking onto this weekend, as there are limited spaces available.
Please Note: You need to be a member of the WSF to attend the training weekend, speak to Stu!
Performance at this weekend will be used as a guide when selection is made for the European Juniors being held in the Azores 13th - 21st September.
The Welsh leg of the Rip Curl Gromsearch will be held at Fresh West over the weekend of July 13th/14th, again performance at this event will be used as a guide when selection is made for the European Juniors. U16 & U14 only!!!
Updated Selection critera here
ISA Scholarship Program
The ISA Academic Surf scholarship forms are available for download on the ISA website here
The ISA is proud to award academic surf scholarships to U18 junior surfers*. The Individual Scholarship Program’s main objective is to provide financial support to junior surfers who demonstrate economic need, in order to facilitate growth in surfing while encouraging the importance of education. The money must be used to travel to surf contests, and/or upgrade their surfing equipment and to foster the junior surfer’s education.
The ISA Scholarship Recipients are inspirational individuals, who strive to succeed in both surfing and education. These “ISA Ambassadors” are selected based on their dedication to represent their Nation as an exceptional student and surfer in their community. The ISA Ambassadors characterize themselves by providing a positive influence on their peers as a committed youth in both the sport of surfing and school.
Closing date is 30th June.
Welsh Nationals 2014 Write up
The full report for the 2014 Welsh Surfing Federation Nationals can be downloaded here here.
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 )
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.
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..
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!