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13th April
A call for the competition (on/off) will be made at 6pm on Wednesday 23rd following a review of the surf forecast for the weekend of the competition. Please monitor the web site for any announcements.

As there are 3 contests so far, competitors best 2 results will count for ranking purposes.
In the event of a 4th contest being scheduled in then the best 3 will count.  Please make every effort to attend all three events as it will help in a tied situation.

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 March
The entry portal for the first contest of the 2014 year at Perranporth is now open.
Entry will be by PayPal. For those of you who insist on a paper entry, be aware that you will need to take into account postal times. No entry on the beach unless there is room. Re-draws will not happen on the beach so be aware of the risk.

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."
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