The second Independent Schools Surf Championships took place in Perranporth, Cornwall this weekend in perfect surfing conditions, with over 40 competitors battling it out amongst the 3-5 foot and clean waves.
Hosted by surf travel company Ticket to Ride, led by former British Champion Sam Lamiroy, accompanied by top female surf Georgia Timson and the Ticket to Ride team, the 4 day event took a unique format creating more of an educational surf festival atmosphere than a cut-throat competition vibe.
There was a combination of surf coaching sessions, where each pupil was iAM band assessed and given their band colour to mark their ability to provide a handicapping platform for the “Leveller” surf competition, combined with evening presentations and discussions with industry stalwarts and a board surf lifesaving relay.
“The event was a huge success” commented event organizer and Ticket to Ride founder Linley Lewis, “we wanted to build on the success of last year, creating more of a surf camp experience with a competitive edge that was fair and open to all, whilst creating a fun and competitive environment for young people to push their surfing ability. I think we’ve done just that.”
For the surf competition itself every surfer competed in two heats with their top two scores placing them in the open leaderboard, these scores were then levelled with iAM band handicapping to give the placements for the Leveller as a separate competition. On the final afternoon session there was also a foam board surf lifesaving relay team event, which gave participants the opportunity to test their water skills under pressure within a team.
All catering was provided by Seiners Hotel, and during the three evenings the participants were treated to presentations from multiple Surf Champ, long time shaper and general Brit surf industry Legend Nigel Semmens, as well as Sam Lamiroy who gave a truly inspirational presentation on “Life as a Pro Surfer”. On the final night there was a prize giving ceremony and closing supper.
Max Hudson from Truro School was crowned the open champion, with Lloyd Stein also of Truro coming second and Sam Stonebridge of Greshams School coming third. Sam took the Leveller win due to his iAM Band handicap, with Max coming second and his Truro School companion Sam Ellery coming third.
An extra special shout out goes to Caroline Utterman of North London Collegiate School (NLCS), who took the lead in the girls open division and Heather Morrison also of NLCS who came first in the girls Leveller division. Both girls have very little surfing experience, but admirable drive and commitment, which highlights the unique nature of the Levelling element of the competition.
All competitors received prizes courtesy of Ticket to Ride, ONeill, Reef, Dragon Sunglasses and the Lamiroy Surf Academy, with the winners also taking home unique ISSC medals.
1 – Max Hudson (23.80) – Truro School
2 – Lloyd Stein (23.00) – Truro School
3 – Sam Stonebridge (20.09) – Greshams School
1 – Caroline Utermann (11.47) – NLCS
2 – Millie Danielson (8.53) – Truro School
3 – Ella Waterhouse (7.03) – Truro School
1 – Sam Stonebridge (28.07) – Greshams School
2 – Max Hudson (27.80) – Truro School
3 – Joe Ellery (27.20) – Truro School
1 – Heather Morrison (22.60) – NLCS
2 – Jessica Curtis (21.83) – NLCS
3 – Caroline Utermann (21.47) – NLCS
All images by Chris Hall