The 1st British Longboard Union contest of 2011 took place over the weekend at Perranporth and what a comp it turned out to be, Saturday morning greeted us with dredge-ing overhead low tide pits, perfect longboard waves!
A record eighty contestants entered and the heats were stacked, no easy route through in any category and this was without the likes of last years overall winner Pazza (James Parry), Adam Griffiths, Elliot Dudley and Bleakers (Sam Bleakly) to name but a few of the absentees- man this is gonna be one tough season.
The heats progressed well with Skindog (Ben Skinner) ripping it apart, setting his usual high standards in the open division. Devon was holding it’s own with some fantastic surfing from Ben Haworth, Ben Howey and Angus Murray.
In the U18′s, Connor Griffith was on form after his winter in Oz, Zak Lawton, Alex Maddocks and Lewis Stritch were all loving the conditions putting in some good scores and progressing well.
The Masters was it’s usual hotly contested class, with Isle of Wight surfer Alan Read looking good.
Sunday gave us slightly smaller surf, still head high on sets but cleaner.
In the open final we had Ben Skinner, Ben Howey, Joe Davis and Ben Haworth. Skinner opened up his account with his usual high scoring wave, but it was Haworth who proved unstoppable, absolutely destroying it with his two best waves coming in at 8.5 & 7.5 respectively. He went large in this heat and was rewarded with 1st Place over Ben Skinner, Joe Davis and 4th for Ben Howey.
In the U18′s Alex Maddocks knocked Connor Griffith out in the semi’s to gain a place in the final along side Zak lawton, Lewis Stritch and Jerseys Josh la Marquand, who had been surfing well all weekend and went on to take the win.
1st Ben Haworth
2nd Ben Skinner
3rd Joe Davis
4th Ben Howey
1st Josh la Marquand
2nd Zak Lawton
3rd Lewis Stritch
4th Alex Maddocks
1st Alan Read
Next stop, Saunton.
Thanks to Guy from the Board Barn for this write up.
Team Board Barn blew up @ BLU 1 – Ben Haworth 1st open, Angus Murray 5th open, Zak Lawton 2nd U18′s, Alex Maddocks 4th U18′s