17th November 2015
More details of the upcoming ETL below
S. Pedro do Estoril - PORTUGAL
21 - 22 November 2015
Prize Money - €4000
Registration - Friday, 20 November /Event site from 18h - 19h
For competitors planning to travel to Estoril, Portugal for the final event of the European Longboard Tour on 21st/22nd November, accommodation within easy walking distance from the competition area, is available from €10.
Contact Joao on email@example.com (Joao Miguel Ferreira) to make a reservation.
Room rates here....
Entry Inscriptions at the Surfing Clube de Portugal on Friday between 5-7:00pm.
For those who have not seen the Chris Levi video of the final event at Fistral, I have provided the link again here....
The 'Jesus' Longboard contest scheduled for this weekend is postponed due to a forecast lack of waves.
Please visit the Christian Surfers event page for the announcement and alternate date.
The overall rankings for the 2015 season are now available on the 'Results' page.
Please check and if you see any errors, please contact Minnow for clarification.
Well done to the 2015 overall divisional winners;
Open Ben Skinner
Single Fin Ben Haworth
Ladies Claire Smail
U16 Joe Hornbuckle
U18 Girls Beth Leighfield
U18 Boys Jack Unsworth
Masters Jason Gray
Grand Masters Ray Lee
I have added a few hundred photo's of the event from Richard Davies of Farscapes to the BLU-4 photo page.
Big thanks to Richard. These are great shots.
Results from round # 4 are now posted on the 'Results' page.
Please note the contest was cut short through lack of surf so some divisions did not enter the water or were cut short after they started.
Those that did not start will be judged overall from the total points from three events and those that started and did not finish were given 660 points each as equal fifth place.
Overall points and hence ranking will be posted once checked this week.
Chris Levi has posted some video he took of the event which can be viewed here....
What a great weekend, sun and surf with a great venue. The only down side was the lack of surf on Sunday, though the Saturday made up for it.
A big thank you to The Stable for sponsoring and hosting the event, feeding and watering us all.
We will be back next year.
A full set of results will appear after checking processes are complete.
Photo's etc will be added as and when they are received and edited.
Christian Surfers has announced the 'Jesus' for the 17th-18th October at Polzeath.
This is a popular Longboard event, now with a Grand Master division limited on a first come first served basis.
You can either enter online via this link or via this form..
The Team GB members that will represent GB at the World Longboard Championships this year has been announced.
Minnow Green, Bob Freshwater and Norman Wright.
Team Riders will be chosen from:
Open: Ben Skinner, Jack Unsworth, Connor Griffiths and Adam Griffiths
Ladies: Claire Smail, Nicola Bunt, Emily Currie and Maisie Marshall
Juniors: Jack Unsworth, Raife Gaskell, Ashley Wright and Ben Bates ( subject to confirmation of DoB )
It is hoped that, unlike 2014, there will be a World championship event held.
The BLU Committee have sat and discussed the selection criteria for the British Longboard Team and have decided that the Team for 2014 will be drawn from the 2013 Rankings and that the Team for 2015 will be drawn from the 2014 Rankings. This is felt to be transparent and gives our athletes a performance target . Should a competitor be unavailable the next surfer in the rankings will be selected .
At present the ISA have no event for this year. Negotiations for the venue in Brazil have not come to fruition.
They are in negotiations with other countries.
ISA world Longboard Championship rules on length
ISA Article here.
"All longboards were measured prior to the at the ISA World Longboard Championships at Huanchaco, Peru and a large number were found to be less than the minimum regulation 9' 0". Some boards were borderline along the rocker but many were rejected for the competition up to 2 inches short including one board of Team GB.
ISA ruling: Length is a minimum of 9 feet from the tip of the board in a straight line along its deck.
This year at the WLC, borderline boards were able to be botched to increase the length but it is my understanding, that this will not be repeated at future ISA Longboard events. In order that this doesn't happened to the equipment of British Competitors next season, organisers are going to to measure boards at the coming BLU Valero Classic (just to raise awareness) and before all legs of the BLU Season 2014. It would be helpful for competitors to speak with their shapers to ensure that in future boards are the regulation minimum length."
The British Longboard Union 2015
Wind forecast site