OctoberThe England Surfing Championships for Longboard and Shortboard was held this last weekend (24th/25th Oct) in pumping conditions at Great Western. The event was moved from Fistral due to forecast extreme conditions. Anyone who knows the bay will know that to get head to overhead surf in the bay means that everywhere else is stormy huge.
With 10 minute paddle outs the competitors deserve a big hand for their efforts and providing some great performances.
There was a great deal of quality surfing visible across the 2 days at Great Western, culminating with the Men's Final in what can only be called 'challenging'. Or possibly 'bleddy thumping'. The wind got just squally enough in the final to take the shine slightly off what had been a very entertaining couple of rounds in head-high-and-a-bit-more clean surf, but nothing could distract Adam 'Bearman' Griffiths who quietly but purposefully went through every heat with high double digit scoring to take a well deserved win against Ben Skinner, Louis Thomas-Hudson and Jordan Zervas.
Huge congratulations to Emily Currie, Izzy Henshall and Arthur Randell for their respective victories in the Women's, U18 Girls and U18 Boys divisions respectively.
There are some pictures on the Surfing GB and BLU Facebook pages.
Due to increased requests for posters from previous competitions, I have provided a poster purchase page for anyone wishing to buy a poster.
Please follow the link below where purchase and order via PayPal can be made.
AugustWe'll just pull the plaster off this one. Following a recent meeting of the BLU committee, and with reference to the current guidelines on the Covid-19 situation, it has been decided that it will be impractical to run ANY of the proposed events on this year's tour. Further to that, to possibly have to determine the outcome of the 25th anniversary tour on a single event with a reduced field would do a disservice to pretty much everything the BLU stands for.
We look forward to seeing you all back in 2021 to a bigger and better tour and wish you all a productive and wave-filled off season.
Minnow & The Committee
It's the news YOU were expecting and WE were hoping not to deliver. Despite our best efforts, in accordance with the newest information and government guidelines we are (currently) cancelling all BLU events this year. Please keep an eye on here for further updates. Be assured that if it's safe and feasible to run any of this year's tour, we will do our utmost to make sure that happens.
If you're still intent on getting in the water in the next few weeks/months, make sure you keep yourself and others safe and we'll see you on the other side.
The BLU Committee
£30.00 per person for all entries for the Open, Ladies, Masters, Grand Masters and Single Fin divisions.
The New fee structure for 2020 has now been finalised and is described below.
New fee structure 2020.
For subsequent entries in the above divisions from the same person in that contest, £20 per extra division.
£15.00 entry fee for U18 Boys and Girls.
Free entry for U16 (mixed entry -boys and girls) but limited to 16 entrants, first come first served.
If any U16 also enters an U18 division they will pay £15 for the U18 entry
If any U18 or U16 enters another division then they will pay the reduced fee of £20
must pay the relevant rate for their initial entry and then the reduced rate for an additional division entry.
For the avoidance of doubt, each entrant
There will be two entry pages when the competitions come round.
The first page will be for the full price first or only entry.
The second page will be for the extra entries.
Any cut price entries will have to be matched with a full price initial entry by the same surfer otherwise it will not be accepted.
All entries portals will open approximately three weeks before the contest entry closes.
The three events for 2020 have now been confirmed and are below.
Saunton Sands N Devon
25th-26th April: Reserve dates TBC.
Porthmeor Beach St Ives
16th-17thMay 16 : Reserve 6th-7th June.
Stable, Fistral Beach Newquay.
19th-20th September Reserve TBC
These will shortly go up on the FB and website pages !
Happy New Year everyone.
The committee has published new criteria for the single fin division for 2020. These can be accessed here..
Over the next few days there will also be a new payment structure to reward people who enter for multiple divisions (cheaper) so keep an eye on the web site for when the arrangements are agreed and finalised.