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Welsh Surf News

Freshwater West BLU Longboard Classic

 

The Freshwater West BLU Longboard Classic in association with the National Trust will be held at Fresh West on the 6th/7th September.
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!

WSF


 

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 
Stu Bentley.
WSF
Sunny Court
22 Rest Bay Close
Porthcawl
CF36 3UN

Alternatively if you can't make it please let Stu know via email so we have an accurate idea of the numbers attending.
Many Thanks
WSF


 

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  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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 )

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!!

isawjsc.com


 

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..

 

 

Photo

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!


 

WSF Report Feb & March 2014

The Welsh Surfing Federation report for February and March can be downloaded here.


 

WSF Surf School - 2014 Season starts soon!

The WSF surf school will be opening from Saturday March 29th and will be opening on weekends through March and April.

The waters warming up, get down there and learn with the best!!

Send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for enquiries and bookings, other dates are available on request.

More information on the website here


 
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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.