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This Bank Holiday weekend will see Watergate Bay filled to the brim with the stars of British Surfing, for what is the UK’s longest running surfing competition; The English National Surfing Championships.

Organised by the English Surfing Federation (ESF) and students from Cornwall College’s FdSc Surf Science and Technology course, the competition is the pivotal opening of the 2015 competitive surfing season and stop number one on the UK Pro Surf Tour Circuit.

With the forecast looking good, the event in Association with Watergate Bay’s Extreme Academy is set to be competitive smorgasbord of surfing skills and styles, highlighting the very best performers pushing the professional ‘bar’ of British surfing.

Jayce Robinson will be hoping to defend his title against the formidable talents of Russell Winter, Alan Stokes, Bude’s Reubyn Ash and rising star, Jobe Harriss

Current Men’s Open Champion, Jayce Robinson will be hoping to defend his title against the formidable talents of Russell Winter, Alan Stokes, Bude’s Reubyn Ash and rising star, Jobe Harriss, while the ladies will battle it out for the highest ranks in the Women’s division, which is set to be a competitive spectacle. The likes of current English Champion, Emilie Currie, Croyde’s Peony Knight and Newquay locals Jessie Tuckman and Tina Beresford will be showcasing their surfing talents for the title of Women’s Champion, and the highest ranking surfers from each of the categories will qualify to represent the English Team at the 2015 European Surfing Championships.

In addition to the activities on the water, Students from Cornwall College Newquay will be launching a new national sea safety campaign on the beach, in partnership with Surf Life Saving GB. The Safety, Education and Awareness Student project or SEAS project will see information and workshops rolled out to schools across the country to help raise further awareness about the dangers on or around our beaches. The project, which has been created by the group studying the FdSc in Surf Science and Technology, has won the support of Surf Life Saving GB and will dove tail with their educational work.

Image: Checkered Photography. Highlights from the 2014 comp

Image: Checkered Photography. Highlights from the 2014 comp

As a prelude to the competition and a new addition to the event weekend, surfers and organisers will be ditching their wetsuits and donning tuxedos for an ESF Black Tie and Board Shorts evening. The night, which will include a luxury three-course meal, live music from local artists and a fundraising auction, has been organised by the students from Cornwall College Newquay, who are also planning the English National Surfing Championships.

The event at the Carnmarth Hotel on Friday the 1st of May will raise money towards sending the English Surf Team to Casablanca, where they’ll compete against Europe’s best surfers in the European Surfing Championships. Official competition photographer, Checkered Photography will be capturing glimpses of the competitors before they wear their game faces, as well as during the competition.

The very best British surfers battle it out in nature’s playground

An exciting new partnership has been announced between the UK Pro Surf Tour and Sharp’s Brewery, who are the confirmed key sponsor of the 2015 competitive tour and will be down on the beach not only sponsoring the Mens Open and Senior categories, but seeing for themselves the very best British surfers battle it out in nature’s playground. Other confirmed category sponsors include Disco Beads, Cornwall College, Snugg Wetsuits, Niglon and Driteck.

Image: Checkered Photography. Highlights from the 2014 comp

Image: Checkered Photography. Highlights from the 2014 comp

Dave Reed, Director of UK Surf Promotions said he’s “Looking forward to a great event this weekend, we’ve had fantastic support from the sponsors and surfers. This is due to all the hard work Cornwall College students have put into the event.”

The plans are set, the waves are looking good and fingers are crossed for fantastic weather; This weekend is sure to showcase British surfing at it’s best, in one of Cornwall’s outstandingly beautiful beaches and is not to be missed!

For more information about the English National Surfing Championships visit their Facebook page or website. Entry forms can be found here

Or to buy your tickets to the Black Tie and Board Shorts Evening, click here

Images with thanks from Checkered Photography

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