BRITISH CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013
Thursday, 20 June 2013
Last weekend, 15th/16th June, saw the return of the British Club Championships. Saunton Sands was the venue of this hotly contested competition, with 10 teams from across the UK fielding their top surfers.
The Saturday saw a solid swell and strong onshores. The competitors made great use of the less than ideal surf, posting strong scores across the board. The Hotdoggers ‘A’ team got off to a dominant start with Devons creamiest longboarder Ben Howey registering a 16.8 out of 20. Greg Norman, Ben Haworth, Dave Hutchings and Greg Robinson all used their local knowledge to achieve high heat scores to put the Hotdoggers ‘A’ into a demanding lead after the first round.
Fighting for second place Ashley Braunton surfing for Hotdoggers ‘B’ proved that surfing is like riding a bike, you don’t forget how to surf. After a long stint out the water he smashed his heat to strengthen his teams position. Closely on the tail of the Hotdoggers ‘B’ was Shore Surf and the places down the order were changing as quick as the British weather.
Therefore after day 1 and a relaxing evening in the pub plus the improving surf forecast, the competition was shaping up nicely for day 2.
Despite the grey skies on Sunday morning, the atmosphere was charged with excited surfers waiting to surf empty pumping waves. The Hotdoggers ‘A’ continued their strong form and barely put a foot wrong. Eric Davies who seems to be getting better with age, put on a master-class and was great to watch. British ladies champion Claire Smaile stepped up to the challenge against the guys and surfed well.
Pete Wilkins crew from Bristol enjoyed the empty waves, with some quality surfing and also equally impressive wipeouts, not mentioning any names! One turn up for the books was the Bristol ‘B’ team taking the scalp of the Bristol ‘A’ team, the banter on the way home must’ve been good!
The Royal Navy/Marines recruited some experienced surfers, with Ben Rueth better known for his shortboarding giving the longer board a go. They did however miss a seasoned competitor in the form of Keeno, recently retired he showed his allegiance to the Hotdoggers rather than Queen and country.
All in all a great event organised by Norman Wright and a huge thanks to the judges and sponsors who make this event possible. Thanks to – Second Skin, Beach beat, Oneil, Animal, Corduroy Lines, Saunton break cafe , Surfing GB, Agricultural Inn and Trophyman.
1st Hotdoggers ‘A’
2nd Hotdoggers ‘B’
3rd Shore Surf