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11th September
The contest entry portal for Freshwater West is now open.
Poster here:
The contest is scheduled, subject to surf, for the 20th/21st  September with an alternate date of the 27th/28th.
For those you attending the event and looking for somewhere to stay, National Trust can provide rooms and food - see communication from NT below.
"Come and stay at the Stackpole Centre during the event and check-out our comfy bunkhouse accommodation.
We offer board storage and drying facilities, together with a hearty breakfast roll with tea or coffee, for the
incredible price of £25 pppn.  We also have a limited number of en-suite accommodation, plus breakfast roll with
prices starting from £47 for a single room, £52 for a double and £57 for a twin room.  We can also
accommodate Camper vans with use of our facilities, plus a breakfast roll and beverage for £10pppn.
We are a few minutesí walk from the world famous Bosherston Lily ponds, with Barafundle and Broadhaven
South beaches within a short walk from the Centre.  Please call our reception team on 01646 661425 or 661359 to book

3rd September
The contest this weekend is OFF. There is unlikely to be any surf at either location.
All entries will be refunded by this weekend.
The alternate date for Freshwater West will now be used (20th-21st September).
Entry portal will reopen on the 8th September and will close midday, Tuesday 16th September.

24th August
The back up plan for the event on the 6th and 7th September in the event of no waves in Wales, is for the event to be run at Crantock beach. A call will be made on the 3rd September.
Please keep an eye on the web site for further details and updates.
12th August
The Freshwater West event contest portal is now open.
This event is scheduled for the 6th and 7th September.Check in will be at the car park Saturday the 6th  at 08:00 hrs.
A decision on the event will be made midday on the 3rd September.
All entries to be in by midday on the 2nd September.
Reserve dates are 20th and 21st September.
Accommodation details will follow.

13th May
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.
BLU Committee

English Championships results.

1st Adam Griffiths
2nd Ben Skinner
3rd Ben Howey
4th Mark Harris
Video interviews of Adam and Ben on Facebook

22nd April
The BLU are pleased to announce Custard Point as the sponsor for the Masters and Grand Masters for 2014.
Tim Mellors is an old competitor in the BLU and we all welcome him back.

1st April
A reminder to all competitors. The Logger Division is Open to all. You do not require to be the holder of a British Passport to enter, unlike the other Divisions which do.

23rd February
In preparation for the this years series, Bob Freshwater has asked that the
Longboard Judging Section from Chapter 7 of the ISA Manual 2013/14 be published for all BLU competitors. Chapter 7.

Also attached is the soon to be released 2014 ASP judging criteria. For those that wish to surf on the ASP tour.

Please make yourself aware of the requirements within these documents.

If you have any queries, please contact Bob Freshwater for any clarification.

7th February
Bob Freshwater has provided details of the proposed "Single Fin" (Log) category to be implemented this year as part of the BLU series.
The document explains the rules and criteria that will be applied to competitors wishing to take part in that division.
Start getting the orders for those logs in now !!
Single Fin competition rules and criteria.

20th January
The proposed dates and venues for the 2014 series have now been decided and are below showing proposed reserve dates.

26th  and 27th  April Perranporth Cornwall 
                             Reserve date 10th  and 11th  May
10th  and 11thMay    Saunton  North Devon
                             Reserve date 17th  and 18th  May
21st  and 22nd June  Crantock  Cornwall    
                             Reserve date 28th  and 29th June
6th  and 7th September Freshwater  Wales    
                             No reserve date as yet  


As some of may be aware, after seven years being a part of the BLU I have retired from the BLU executive due to pressure of work.
However, due to no-one willing to run the web site I am returning as web administrator only. All messages in respect to competitions etc will be passed on to Minnow Green for his attention.
Entries for events will remain as usual via PayPal, but entries will be passed directly from PayPal to Minnow.
In the meantime, if anyone wishes to be considered for the role of web site administrator please contact Minnow for more information.

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."