The contest this weekend is on !!
The entry portal is closed
The ETL has announced it's calendar for this year. This is good news as there were no events last year.
They have announced one in Portugal and are working on another - tbc.
Details of arrangements for the upcoming contest weekend
Check in will be 08.00 at the Watering Hole Inn on the Beach ( as normal)
Contest will run between 09.00 and 18.00
There will be 10% discount on all food and drink at the Watering Hole.
Camping and Parking rates are on the ‘Tunes on the Dunes’ website.
Best Deal is camping / van at £20 for 3 days with free shuttle bus
Beach front car park will be open as usual.
Parking is also available in ‘Zone B’ at the Rugby Club, a 5 minute level walk to the beach.
There will be discounted for the ‘Tunes on the Dunes’ festival.
‘Tunes on the Dunes’, tickets will be £45 for the 3 day event.
Names of people requesting tickets must email Minnow by 6 pm on Wednesday 20th May.
Their names will then be forwarded to ticket office on the beach ready for payment and collection.
Tickets can be collected from midday on Friday 22nd May
You may purchase NO more than 3 extra tickets !
The contest entry portal for the 2nd round of the 2015 series of events at Perranporth is now open.
You can pay via PayPal - preferred, or via a downloaded entry form for snail mail.
Please note, entry deadline is 6pm on the 20th May.
A big thank you to the sponsors:
Tunes in the Dunes
John Knight Plastering
Ocean and Earth
Results from the English championships are now published.
BLU members have a good showing in the finals with:
Adam Griffiths retaining the English Championship title, Emily Currie taking the Womens Longboard and Shortboard titles with Jack Unsworth the Junior Longboard title.
Well done to all.
Full report and results on the Carve site.
Pictures from the Saunton event have now been placed in the Photos -BLU-1 album.
Thanks to Richard Davies of Farscapes for these.
Results from the first round event results from Saunton are now posted on the 'Results' page.
Full results will be posted as soon as I get them all in.
A big thank you to all our sponsors for supporting and hosting the event
The Thatch Barn Croyde
Saunton Sands Beach Cafe
Ocean and Earth
Group photo supplied by Farscapes.
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
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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John Knight Plastering