BLU/Stable Fistral Longboard Classic 2015 event report, by R.Unsworth
With a new sponsor the 4th event on the British Longboard Union calendar moved to Fistral Beach in Newquay. ‘The Stable’ pizza restaurant pulled out all the stops making Fistral Beach the perfect venue to host the final competition of the year.
Under cloudless skies and 2-3ft offshore conditions the first rounds got under way in the Open, Ladies and Masters divisions. With the smaller conditions some opted to ride performance boards while other preferred to break out the logs. So with both longboard styles on show the judges had their work cut out for them.
With the new event came some new competitors. Some having not competed for a few years and some for the first time but it was especially good to see the Jersey contingent back in the mix posting high scores and progressing through the rounds.
As the forecast for the following day began to look more and more marginal it was decided to try to run the Open in one day, along with the Under 18 Girls and U16 Cadets. In the Under 18 Girls final Emily Currie, fresh back from the Europeans in Morocco, dominated taking the win ahead of Beth Leighfield, Josie Pearce and Anya Burley. Jordan Zervas posted the highest scores giving him the win in the Under 16 Cadets finals ahead of Tom Horn, Beth Leighfield, Rhys Burton and Joe Hornbuckle. The Open final was then put on hold until the tide dropped back and spectators were then treated to but can only be described as High Tide Swell Board Carnage !
The Open Final then got under way. Ben Skinner set his stall out early with two back to back scores on the right over by the rocks as the other competitors were further down the beach. Ben Haworth then came over to the right and proceeded to get barrelled on his log, also much to the delight of the spectators while Connor Griffiths and Sam Bleakley contented themselves over on the left. After 25 minutes of wave for wave tit for tat Ben Skinner took the nod with Ben Haworth in 2nd, Connor Griffiths in 3rd and Sam Bleakley in 4th.
Fistral Beach always proves to be a great venue for spectators and with music and commentary of the surfing provided by The Stable this ensured all who watched got involved in the action