What a Comp this one turned out to be, the ETL was held once again at Watergate Bay with the help of lots of great sponsors and of course The Board Barn. Conditions were not looking great, the strong onshore that was forecast to drop off, DIDN’T !!!
But the guy’s were frothin for it and the waves were a good size so we cracked on. The Dream Team put on a great show with young Alex Maddocks narrowly losing out in the last minute needing just a 2.5 to go through, but sadly he just couldn’t find a wave after leading the heat for the majority.
Zaky ‘Boyee’ Lawton made it through only to go out in the quarters, again a last minute score put him out. Ben ‘BEAR’ Haworth was going well, fresh from signing to Bear Surfboards, Benny Boy Haworth ‘Pro Surfer’ has a nice ring to it I think? Sadly as was to be the case all the way to the end, a last minute score put him out.
Skindog was killing it, slaying Frenchies on the way along with Adam ‘Griffdog’ Griffiths – but it was Adam who came good with, yes you guessed it, less than a minute to go and needing a 5.5 he took off on what looked to us to be a nothing wave, the bottom dropped out of it and a section opened up and without hesitation he SMACKED it with TOTAL do or die commitment. BOOOOOOM 12 O’Clock almost fins out vertical SMACK followed by another. UH Urghhhh – GAME OVER.
The Winner of the UK ETL 2011 and all round lovely bloke ADAM GRIFFITHS.
1st Adam Griffiths
2nd Ben Skinner
We may have been PATHETIC on the Rugby Field, but hey, we were MAJESTIC in the waves – I LOVE This Sport! Thanks to all the Sponsors, competitors, Judges, beach marshall’s, water safety, wives & girlfriends.
See you at The Jesus and the final BLU.
Thanks to Guy from the Board Barn for the write up.