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Celtic International Water Sports

The Welsh Team were 1st (for the second year running) at the Celtic International Watersports Festival which was held in Asturias, Spain.

Individual winners included Ian 'Cat' Thomson taking the Masters,Colin Bright winning the Longboard and Harry Cromwell the Under 14 division.

This year's Celtic will be held in Portugal in July and once again Wales will be sending a full team. Confirmed sponsors include McLays of Cardiff.

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BRITISH NATIONALS

Nathan Phillips kept the Welsh Dragon flying at the British Nationals securing 3rd place in the Open Division. Nate surfed really well all though the heats but was unable to find the winning waves in the final. Mark Splinter Griffiths is firmly in contention for a place in the GB team for Durban next year after comfortable retaining his second place of last year. Luke Cromwell surfed an excellent semi final to get to the Junior final where he finished in 4th place. Dan Harris, Andy Jenkins and Elliot Dudley were all in the 6 man Longboard final with Dan being narrowly beaten by Lee Ryan whilst Elliot and Andy finished 4th and 5th respectively. Due to conditions the Grommet, Youth and Cadet finals along with the Women's Bodyboard final were all postponed. The Junior categories will be held at the Welsh Junior Open in Rest Bay on 27/28th October while the girls will do their thing at the Toxic Trophy at Langland Bay on 3rd/4th November

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This year's British Interclubs was held at Woolacombe on 13th and 14 th October. Channel Coast failed to retain their title after a night of heavy partying on the journey down and were beaten into 4th place with Croyde taking the title from Plymouth in second place and Gower Bays A team in 3rd place

Elliott Dudley put his best foot forward to win the BicSport Longboard Challenge at Woolacombe. The Welshman edged out Sam Bleakley, from Sennen, in the final held in sloppy 2ft waves.The result gives the pair automatic entry into the One Design World Challenge in France, in August. Alan Reed, from the Isle of Wight was third in the final, with Newquay’s English champion Ben Skinner fourth. Mark Vaughan and Nathan Phillips were both invited to attend this competition in Newquay on 2nd/3rd of June. Mark Vaughan was the winner this weekend winning three consecutive heats and taking home £240 while Nathan was unable to bank any cash - you obviously need to start surfing some cold, sloppy waves again Nate

GUL BRITISH CUP

The Gul British Cup was held at Fistral Beach on the bank holiday weekend. WWelsh surfers in the Open - Mark Vaughan, Chris Seage and Simon Blower - all made first round exits from the Open division. No chance of the £500 1st prize for Wales then. But in the other divisions we were more successful with Mark "Splinter" Griffiths taking the Bodyboard title for the second year running, Gemma Harris retaining her Bodyboard title with Lisa Gardner and Sarah Baker in 2nd and third place and Tom Lucas producing some fine surfing to reach the Junior final where unfortunately he just didn't get the waves he needed and finished fourth.

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