Britain’s best surfers gathered at Fistral Beach in Newquay to compete in the newly formatted, Korev Cornish lager -sponsored competition, with teams from England, Wales, Scotland and the Channel Islands taking to the waves for a day of intense competition in search of individual and team national surfing titles.
Competition was fierce from the word go, with 20-minute heats running back to back from 8:30am to 5pm as surfers progressed from quarter finals and aimed for the coveted podium positions. Mirroring the format of the recent World Championships in Tokyo, the surfers also earned team points for their home nation as the event saw the return of the British Cup of Surfing trophy.
On the way to picking up the overall team trophy Luke Dillon finished an impressive second to Wales’ Jay Quinn in the Quicksilver Men’s Open, while Lucy Campbell led from the start to pick up the Roxy Women’s Open title.
Adding together the points from all riders saw Team England go top in home waters, followed by Wales finishing second, Channel Islands in third and Scotland in fourth.
Qualification for the historic event was made at respective home nation championships earlier in the year, giving time for surfers to focus and prepare for the competition. A new format for the event was established with England hosting in 2018, followed by an annual rotation between the home nations.
There was impressive surfing from all, including some of the surfers who had just returned from representing Great Britain at the World Championships in Japan. With a growing swell and rising tide, the scores were broadcast live to the surfers and the beach and even across the web thanks to an innovative new live scoring system. Surfers would emerge from the water knowing whether their dreams of winning were alive or if it was the end of the road.
For the full results please see below and for all wave scores from throughout the competition go to www.surfingengland.org.