WELSH JUNIOR OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
The inaugural Realm/Globe Welsh Junior Open was held at Rest Bay, Porthcawl on 27th/28th October.
The contest which was a British ranked event had 4 categories (Youth, Cadet, Junior and Junior Longboard) and attracted a good entry with surfers from Wales, Cornwall, Devon and the North East. The first day saw increasingly good swell and warm sunshine and there were some excellent performances in 2-4 foot surf. Standouts included Andrew Griffin and Josh Ward in the Cadets, Stephen Phillips, Simon Tuckett and Lloyd Cole in the Junior and Adam Thornton and Sam Burkett in the Youth.
Unfortunately although we kept the sun on Sunday the swell had dropped but after waiting a couple of hours there was a contestable wave on the incoming tide.
We kicked off with the British finals postponed from the British National Championships and the Grommet victory went to Tom Butler while Harry Cromwell won the Youth title. Andrew Griffin took the British title for the Cadets.The finals of the Welsh Junior Open kicked off with Jake Keward comfortably winning the Junior Longboard in what was his last Junior contest. This was followed by the Under 14 final where Harry Cromwell failed to repeat his earlier victory and Sam Burkett came out on top. The Under 16 final saw Andrew Griffin add this title to the one he won earlier and in the all Welsh Junior final Lloyd Cole beat the opposition to become the first holder of the Junior title.
Headworx Welsh Open
The Welsh Surfing Federation would like to thank Globe and Realm for supporting this event, the Porthcawl Lifeguards for the use of their facilities, Greg Owen who acted as Head Judge for the contests, Brian and Daisy (Beach Marshall and Tabulator respectively, and all the judges (Dan Harris, Chris Seage, Steve Childs, Nick Swinnerton, Isaac Kibblewhite, Jake Keward, Ester Spears, Tom Crawford, Craig Farnsworth, Shakey, and anyone who I’ve missed here) for giving up their free time to judge (unpaid) for this contest.
Most of all thanks to everyone who entered and those who came to watch – see you all again next year!
All photos courtesy of Estpix
The Junior Team were placed 5th in Junior Eurosurf in Jersey in August with just one finalist - Dan Barber from Swansea who was runnerup in the Junior Longboard division. We would like to thank Globe, Gallez and Originals who provided the team with kit.
Juniors - Isaac Kibblewhite, Toby Bradley, Sam Bradley and Tom Lucas
Cadets - Lloyd Cole and Luke Cromwell
Youth - Harry Cromwell and Nick Dowrick
Girl Surf - Hayley Phillips
Junior Bodyboard - Lawrence Phillips and Jonathan Chrostowski
Cadet Bodyboard - Barnaby Kellett and Seb Jenkins
Girl Bodyboard - Sian Davies
Longboard - Dan Barber
Team Coaches - Greg Owen and Jeremy Evans
Judges - Tom Anderson and Jake Keward
Team Managers - Lynda Keward and Huw John