The entry portal for the Stable Fistral Longboard Classic 2015 to be held at Fistral Beach 26th-27th September is now open.
This is the final event of the 2015 series and promises to be a good one.
Full results of the Boardmasters contest can be accessed here...
Well done to Edouard Delperro and Antione Delperro for taking 1st and 2nd place with Ben Skinner and Adam Griffiths taking equal 3rd in the mens division. Also, well done to Alice Lemoigne, Justine Mauvin taking 1st and 2nd place with Emily Currie taking equal 3rd with Lucie Milochau in the Ladies.
Rankings after three event can now be seen on the Results page.
I have uploaded photos of the Perran event taken by Richard Davies of Farscapes.
These are copyrighted to Richard, so if you want any contact him via Facebook .
I have also uploaded photos from the Crantock presentations.
There is also a Video of the Perran event put together by Chris Levi on the BLU Facebook page.
The Crantock contest produced two days of great surfing in decent waves ranging from 3-5ft and sunny, except for Sunday morning which soon cleared into a nice sunny day.
Hats off to the Juniors who all gamely paddled out, nervousness could be seen in their eyes!!, or was that in the parents eyes?
The finals results will be on the Results page Tuesday night with the points to date appearing over the next week.
A big thank you to the National Trust for the use of the beach and their facilities, together with a big thank you to all our sponsors, in particular the Bowgie Inn.
They really know how to look after a large group of hungry surfers and judges. A big thank you.
The ETL has now confirmed two events for this year.
To enter, you need to attend the venue at 17:30 hrs-19:00hrs the night before the event, pay your entry fee and ESF tax (in euros) - total 55 Euros.
The draw will be posted after the entries have been taken.
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 (rescheduled to 4th and 5th July ) 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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