The British Longboard Union 2014
Wind forecast site
The final event of the 2014 was held at Crantock in solid 4-5 ft surf with off/side shore winds.
Big thanks to our main sponsors, The Bowgie and National Trust whose beach it is.
Big thanks to all our other sponsors,
Ocean and Earth
And thanks to the RNLI for providing cover for the event.
Results are on the 'results' page with highlights below. Final standings will be published over the next week.
2014 Division Champions
Open Ben Skinner (with four straight wins)
Single Fin Equal first Connor Griffiths & Ben Skinner
Ladies Claire Smail
U16 Boys Jack Unsworth
U18 Boys Jack Unsworth
U18 Girls Equal first Maisie Marshall & Emily Currie
Masters Colin Bright
Grand Masters Colin Bright
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.
English Championships results.
1st Adam Griffiths
2nd Ben Skinner
3rd Ben Howey
4th Mark Harris
Video interviews of Adam and Ben on Facebook
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."