The British Longboard Union 2015
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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 27/28th 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 championship event held.
Jack Bromley our awesome trophy maker of nearly 20 years sadly passed away at the weekend. Those of you who knew Jack will know him as the person who made most of the BLU superb perpetual trophies and hundreds of others over the years ! He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends RIP our good friend ! All of the BLU
A Happy Christmas and New Year to all the BLU sponsors, BLU competitors and supporters.
Results from the ASP GOPRO World Longboard Championship held at Hainan Island, China can be found here..
It's not immediately apparent, but scroll down halfway down the page and you can access each round by scrolling in the banner left and right.
Final rankings can be found here..
Ben Skinner came a creditable 5th after getting knocked out by Harley Ingleby who went on to win the contest. Adam Griffiths got knocked out in the early rounds by Emilien Fluery, but Adam is recovering from a broken ankle and has had very little time in the water. Well done to both of them.
The web site has been updated with presentation pictures and event pictures by Farscapes. The photo's do justice to the surfers and to Crantock flexing it's muscles. The event photo's come after the presentation photo's.
Final points for 2014 have also been uploaded onto the 'Results' page
The final event of the 2014 was held at Crantock in solid 4-5 ft surf with off/side shore winds.
Big thanks to our main sponsors, The Bowgie and National Trust whose beach it is.
Big thanks to all our other sponsors,
Ocean and Earth
And thanks to the RNLI for providing cover for the event.
Results are on the 'results' page with highlights below. Final standings will be published over the next week.
2014 Division Champions
Open Ben Skinner (with four straight wins)
Single Fin Equal first Connor Griffiths & Ben Skinner
Ladies Claire Smail
U16 Boys Jack Unsworth
U18 Boys Jack Unsworth
U18 Girls Equal first Maisie Marshall & Emily Currie
Masters Colin Bright
Grand Masters Colin Bright
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."