learn about our history
In 1994 Robert ‘Minnow’ Green was asked to run a prestigious ‘longboard only’ 2 day event for Oxbow to coincide with the launch of the clothing brand in Europe to be held at Fistral beach, Newquay.
The contest attracted some important names to Britain’s shores with surfing professionals Nat Young and his son Beau from Australia plus Joel Tudor and Duane Desoto from Hawaii in attendance.
Following the event, a number of British longboarders felt it would be a beneficial step for the sport to run a series of similar events, so in 1995 we worked on how to produce a tour. In 1996 the British Longboard Union was launched with backing from Oxbow U.K.
More than twenty years later, the B.L.U Tour continues to grow with surfers competing from the Channel Isles, Wales, Scotland and England.
Longboarding continues to evolve due to an unprecedented resurgence of interest in the grace and style of the traditional disciplines, combined with a highly successful integration of progressive longboarding, which encourages a more ‘radical’ approach while still using grace, flow and the full length of the board.
Isle of Wight
1996 – Open – Chris Griffiths (Wales)
1997 – Open – Will Eastham (Cornwall)
1998 – Open – Sy Jeffrey (North Devon)
1999 – Open – Craig Cuff (South Africa)
2000 – Open – Lee Ryan (Cornwall)
2001 – Open – Sam Bleakley (Cornwall)
2002 – Open – Ben Skinner (Cornwall)