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.




This year's Welsh Interclub Championships was hosted by Welsh Coast Surf Club at Rest Bay, Porthcawl on Saturday 24th March.

Five clubs attended the contest and the event was held in 2 foot contestable surf

The final results were as follows:
1st Langland Boardrdiers
2nd Aberafan Surf Club
3rd Gower Bays Surf Club
4th Welsh Coast Surf Club
5th Channel Coast Surf Club

There were some great performances including Brad Hockridge in the Seniors, Dan Harris in both the Open and the Longboard, Mark Griffiths in the Bodyboard and Harry Cromwell in the Under 14's Thanks to Welsh Coast for hosting this event

Support Welsh Surfing - Dragon have stickers and sunglasses in a surfshop near you the profits from which will go toward the expenses of the Welsh Team at this year's European Championships


This years Senior European Championships will be held in Hossegor in September. Wales will be sending a full team and hope that we can better our result of 4th in 1999. Following a meeting by the Selection Committee on the 19th June we are pleased to announce that the following surfers have been selected to represent Wales at the European Championships at Hossegor at the end of September

Open Division
Nathan Phillips - Llantwit Major
Greg Owen - Porthcawl
Mark Vaughan - Llantwit Major
James Thomas - Porthcawl
Isaac Kibblewhite - Ogmore
James Jones - Swansea

Matt Stephens - Swansea

Ian Thomson - Swansea

Mark Griffiths - Aberafan
Matthew Harvey - Aberafan
Womens Bodyboard

Gemma Harris - Aberafan

Chris Griffiths

Chris Seage - Open
Jamie Bateman - Senior
Dan Harris - Longboard
Nick David - Bodyboard

Lynda Keward - Manager
Huw John/John Purton - Coaches
Jeremy Evans/Craig Farnsworth/Gareth Vaughan - Judges

The selection for the Women's surf category has been postponed until the beginning of July.

Quiksilver Groms Tour 2001

The Quiksilver Groms Tour is designed to give young surfers in all areas a taste of competitive surfing and to make the experience fun. QuiksilverGroms The first event of the tour was held in brilliant sunshine and small but very contestable waves at Saltburn in Yorkshire. The young East Coast competitors proved that there is plenty of surfing talent, and good surf, outside of the mainstream surfing areas.

Local surfer, Evan Rogers, dominated both divisions and qualified for a slot in the grand finals to be held in Newquay in August. Former top professional surfer Gary Elkerton was joined by current British Champion Gabe Davies in signing autographs and presenting prizes at the event. The next leg of the tour will be in Croyde in North Devon on the 9th or 10th June and entry to the event is open to any surfers who satisfy the age requirements. There are four qualifying events prior to the Grand Finals with all competitors receiving a Quiksilver goody bag.