The British Longboard Union 2017
BLU 1 report/results (pictures on Hotdoggers and BLU Facebook):
The first of the BLU events for 2017 was held at Saunton at the weekend. The competition got underway with the Juniors battling it out in the small onshore conditions followed by the Ladies and Mens Open. However as the tide dropped so did the waves and the competition was put on hold until the pushing tide in the afternoon. When there was no improvement it was decided to re-commence on Sunday. Competitors then went to either to Pigstock to see Reef, to the pub (Skindog bought a duck which was delivered to him in the car park on the Sunday!) or to Ramon's wedding. Thankfully the swell had picked up overnight and it was back on with some competitors a little worse for wear! The chest to shoulder high swell provided competitors with long useable waves. Ben Skinner and Jack Unsworth met in both the finals for the Open and the Single Fin with Jack taking the wins in both divisions. Jordan Zervas dominated the Juniors. Jen Pendlebury took the honours in the Ladies, Jason Gray the Masters and Colin Bright the Grandmasters. All in all a great competition.
Thanks to all the sponsors - Finisterre, Ocean & Earth, The Saunton Café, The Thatch, Robies, and Submariner.
Mens Open: 1 Jack Unsworth 2 Ben Skinner 3 Ben Howey 4 Lewis Stritch
Ladies Open: 1 Jen Pendlebury 2 Emily Currie 3 Claire Smale 4 Jenny Briant
Single Fin: 1 Jack Unsworth 2 Ben Skinner 3 Steve Horn 4 Jen Pendlebury
Masters: 1 Jason Gray 2 Colin Bright 3 Adam Chell 4 Ray Lee
Grandmasters: 1 Colin Bright 2 Adam Zervas 3 Rich Unsworth 4 Tim Quick
U18 Boys: 1 Jordan Zervas 2 Tom Horn 3 Barnaby Innes 4 Alex Townsend
U18 Girls: 1 Beth Leighfield. 2 Stella Briggs. 3 Annie Young
U16 Boys: 1 Jordan Zervas 2 Barnaby Innes 3 Tom Horn 4 Alex Woodland
Hollywood Director/Producer/Soundman/Cameraman/Runner/Sandwich Boy Chris Levi has just dropped the edit from The Saunton Longboard Classic 2017, and a mighty fine one it is too.
Report by Rich Unsworth
A massive thank you to our sponsors and supporters - Finisterre, Thatch Croyde, Saunton Break Cafe, Old Guys Rule UK, Ocean&Earth, Robie Robes, Submariner and Surfing England.
Without you, none of this would be possible.
A huge thanks also to the tireless efforts of the staff who put the hard yards in to make the British Longboard Union the longest continuously running surfing tour in the world (according to Donald Trump, but that might just be fake news).
News update 6th May
The Jersey event has been cancelled for this year due to unforseen events but hoping to be on the schedule for 2018.
In the event of only two events this year, both results will count to the overall winners.
Well done and thanks to Finnistere coming on board for the Saunton Sands Longboard Classic.
A gentle reminder for all competitors, you must be insured through their club or directly via Surfing GB/Surfing England
Provisionally...dates for this years series are as follows:
1. 6th/7th May Billy Buds Saunton , Devon.
Reserve - 20th/21st May.
13th - 14th May
2. 17th/18th June El Tico Jersey
Reserve - 8th/9th July
3. 30th/1st October Stables Fistral , Newquay
Jesus Longboard Classic
Longboard length criteria
"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."