Some information regarding this weekend's competition at Saunton
08:00 hrs: Check in at Saunton Beach car park.
Head judge meeting
Competitor tee shirts will be given out at Billy Budd’s on Saturday night on a first come first served basis.
At the same time, take the opportunity of a competitors meal in Billy Budd's for £5:00.
The contest this Saturday is on.
Check in will be at Saunton beach car park at 8:00 am.
First heat will be in the water before 09:00 hrs.
No running order until the surf is assessed.
There will be a call on the competition at Saunton on Wednesday evening. So keep an eye on the web site and Facebook page.
At the end of day one of the Saunton Longboard Classic 25/26th April one of our loyal sponsors, Steve Chivers from BILLY BUDDS in Croyde is offering a competitor/supporter burger meal for £5.00. Tickets will be available at the beach during the morning of the event. It would be great to see many of you at Billy Budds as possible on Saturday evening for a meal
This is great value at a great venue from one of our sponsors.
See you all there!!
The contest entry portal for the first event this year at Saunton Sands is now open.
As many of you know, this year, there has been a change in judging criteria from the ISA.
I emailed those on my database the details. Since then there has been considerable discussion on its application.
Bob Freshwater has now asked that a clarification of the judging criteria be published.
Please see the clarification here.
The proposed event schedule for 2015 is as follows:
All subject to confirmation
1 Saunton Sands North Devon 25th - 26th April (no reserve yet)
2 Wateringhole (Perranporth) Cornwall 23rd- 24th May (reserve 30th-31st May )
3 The Bowgie (Crantock) Cornwall 20th - 21st June (reserve 27th-28th June )
4 Freshwater West Wales 4th - 5th July (reserve 19th-20th Sep )
5 Fistral Beach (Newquay) Cornwall 26th - 27th Sept (reserve 3rd -4th Oct )
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
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