Croyde Surf Club win British Interclub Surf Championship
CROYDE Surf Club's women scooped top honours in their division at the British Interclub Surf Championships – propelling the club to the overall victory.
Andrea Lawrence, Peony Knight, Flora Lawton and Harriet Knight beat Woolacombe to first place.
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That clinched the championship for Croyde on their home water, ahead of Woolacombe in second place and Truro in third.
Woolacombe and Croyde's domination of the event over the years had looked in doubt as more than 130 surfers represented ten strong teams.
Also in action were surfers from Boscombe Boardriders, Isle of Wight, Atlantic Coast Surf, Truro College, Pembrokeshire Boardriders, Plymouth University, South East Cornwall and RAF Boardriders.
A windy forecast forced organisers Surfing GB to make a late call to relocate from Croyde to the shelter of Putsborough for day one.
Things kicked off with the open division as the tide started to drop.
Woolacombe started strongly but it was close, with the lead changing throughout and only a few points separating the top four come the close of play.
In the women's division, Croyde pulled off a clean sweep of all four round-one heats, giving them an impressive lead going into day two.
In the junior division, it was the teams from Truro College and Atlantic Coast Surf who really stood out.
The fun vibe continued well into Saturday night thanks to Skinners Brewery and the King's Arms at Georgeham, while the Universe Inspectors got everyone dancing – or trying to.
With perfect conditions at Croyde for day two, the contest directors called for a move back from Putsborough to make the most of the swell and wind.
Although the sun disappeared and the wind gradually increased, it was a great finish to the contest.
South East Cornwall took the open division, Atlantic Coast Surf held off the challenge of Truro College to retain the junior division trophy they won in 2011 and Croyde's women clinched the overall title.
Matt Knight, the contest director, said: "For Surfing GB, this is one of the most important events of the year.
"There's a great atmosphere and a real sense of people coming together to have some fun.
"Events like these are what make all the hard work worth it for the volunteers."
Nick Rees, Surfing GB projects manager, said: "Thanks to all the supporters and sponsors – especially Skinners Brewery, Calypso Soft Drinks, Baggy Lodge and Break the Limit – and Croyde Surf Club for hosting the comp. We're stoked to have had such a great turnout."
British Interclub Surf Championships – overall: 1 Croyde A, 2 Woolacombe A, 3 Truro A.
Open: 1 South East Cornwall, 2 Croyde A, =3 Truro A, Woolacombe A.
Women: 1 Croyde A, 2 Woolacombe A, 3 Plymouth Uni.
Juniors: 1 Atlantic Coast Surf, 2 Truro A, 3 Boscombe Boardriders A.