Lily Pierce and Charlotte Mulley had racked up impressive scores throughout the event, but couldn’t quite find the waves in the final, Lily placing 3rd and Charlotte 4th. Lucy Campbell and Lauren Sandland, fresh from a recent QS together were close, but Lauren’s attacking of the lip, and fierce turns really impressed and earnt her the prestige women’s champion title. Lauren at just 17, claims her second English Champion title, having earnt her first at just 15! An impressive athlete with an incredible future ahead of her.
In the Men’s, Luke Dillon was making a clear campaign to get his 4th English Champ title in a row but had recent Rip Curl Grom Search World Champ Lukas Skinner nipping at his heels. Luke did get that title when it came to it and the final horn went, Lukas in 2nd. Both surfers have been working on their aerials, lighting up the crowd. Separated by less than a point, Arran Strong placed 3rd, and Seth Morris in 4th.
For English surfing, this event was a piece of history as Surfing England launched priority rules. Kerry Powell, who is delivering a priority program across all the UK nations, said “I’ve been waiting for this opportunity to see priority rules at an English and I was so honoured to lead the launch. Some testing moments but we made it happen, the surfers and judges all stoked as we drive forward the standard of our English events.”
Pauly Jeffrey, Contest Director echo’d Kerry’s words; “The introduction of priority judging was a long time coming for English surfing. To organise and logistically set up is both time consuming and of course carries increased costs.
To deliver this effectively a lot of work went on behind the scenes by some of the best in the business. The end result was a near perfect delivery of the priority judging. Excellent feedback from the surfers confirmed this.
Surfing England would like to say a big thankyou to all involved. Extending a huge thank you to all surfers, supporters, media team, judges and event team for being a part of this epic weekend. It was a phenomenal weekend for English surfing and everyone is excited for the next one! This English nationals was in the great words of Tina Turner ‘simply the best’”.
Surfing England’s next contest will see a continuation of the English National Surfing Championships in age-based shortboard categories (junior and senior), and the trial of bodyboard divisions. This will take place 12th – 14th May at Watergate Bay. Find out more and get your entry in here.
Thanks go to the fantastic headline partners Caravan and Motorhome Club and to the amazing partners korev Lager, The Wave, dryrobe, Decathlon, Clarke Willmott, Vospers.
Fistral Beach was delighted to host the event, ERA Adventures provided the Lifeguard Cover.
1- Luke Dillon 2- Lukas Skinner 3- Arran Strong 4- Seth Morris
1- Lauren Sandland 2- Lucy Campbell 3- Lily Pierce 4- Charlotte Mulley