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BSUPA Contest results

On the 12th and 13th October 2012, Paddle boarders and Paddle surfers descended onto the Cornish shores of Watergate bay for the annual BSUPA National championships hosted by the Watergate bay hotel and Beach hut.
The conditions were far from ideal with 20-25mph onshore winds and 5-7ft of storm swell on the saturday, but the competitors battled it out in the horrendous conditions to complete day one of the competition.
Stand outs on day one go to Andrew Cameron who was successful in being only one of few who managed to get his SUP board out past the relentless walls of whitewater, driven by strong onshore winds early on in the competition.
The majority of first round heats were fought out in amongst the whitewater, as it was nearly impossible to get out the back to catch unbroken waves for the competition.

As the day progressed and the tide turned there were some great performances put on for the brave spectators who came down to watch the competition up to the quarter finals.
Local gower rider Titou Minster surfed an awesome heat and landed this Re-entry to a big roar from the crowd, Jim Richardson also put some great lip smashes in.



A long cold day for the judges…Thankyou BSUPA !

Day 1 ended with every competitor being throughly tested on their fitness and wave selection tactics.
A night of lobster & chips at the Watergate bay hotel finished the day off perfectly !

Day 2
7am Sunday morning from our Balcony overlooking Watergate bay …superb 2-4ft clean light north easterlies

Sunday was a slow start, the Mens / ladies and junior SUP surfing comps should have been started early to make the most of the best conditions.
A Briefing at 9.30am set out the route for the BOP (Battle of the Paddle) style race for the SUP racing contingent.
A mixed class of 12’6 and 14’ft racing class SUPS took to the low tide shores of Watergate for a ‘T’ shaped course through the surf out the back and then back in through the surf. Two laps proceeded with ‘Charlie Grey’ taking a good lead to win the 12’6 class, and funnily myself on a borrowed Coreban Alpha race board first in the 14ft class !
Then the breeze started to build and by mid morning the conditions had unfortunately become less desirable again.
However the juniors and then the ladies SUP surfing comp went ahead.
A great turnout for our Gower SUP surfing ladies with Abi, Cath, Mi and Jo all putting in fantastic performances.

The final saw a hard fought battle between last years champion Marie and runner up Abi Barker smith.
The ladies all competed excellently considering the conditions and have come on so far, the standard is incredible !

Womens Open Surf
1st Maria Buchanan
2nd Abigal Barker Smith
3rd Kath Jones
4th Mi Richardson

The Mens Paddle surfing Final

The Mens final four were Local Gower Riders ‘Jim richardson’ and ‘Titou Minster’, Jersey riders ‘Andre le Geyt’ and ‘Aaron Rowe’
A hard fought battle with mediocre conditions , Jim busted a fin and did well on a borrowed board to get some good scoring waves, Aaron busted some huge one manoeuvre wave moves and Titou remained consistent but didn’t quite have his preferred waves.
However it was Andre le Geyt who’s simple style and flow brought him to be favoured by the judges to take the crown of
BSUPA Mens Open Surf
1st Andre Le Geyt
2nd Jim Richardson
3rd Arron Rowe
4th Titou Minster

Andre tearing it up !

Titou , cutting back !

Many Thanks to all who helped put the event on – check our Facebook page for more photos

Big up The RNLI who supported us all throughout the event with safety cover !!

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