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Open – South Coast Surfing Championships

Open – South Coast Surfing Championships
The Open was very close throughout the event with some great waves being ridden in difficult conditions. Josh Jupe was definitely amped up for the final smashing a couple of big back hand snaps and punching the air after landing them. Matt Harwood looked very determined putting in some high scoring rides but James Ranson took the title of 2011 South Coast Open Surfing Champion with almost the last wave of the final.

Well done again to Matt Harwood and all the IOW Surf Club team for putting on a fantastic event. Also a huge thank you to Graham Taplin head judge and Raff and James Cave for judging to. Thanks to Claire and Amanda Crook for admin, and Bobby DK and Jamie Whittle for marshalling, Oliver Harvey and Nick Martin for organising, James Ranson and Chris Mannion for water safety. Thanks to Rapanui, Monster, Wight Trash and Island surf for prizes and to Paul Knight for making the trophies. Also thanks to Monster for the bbq and drinks and not forgetting all the competitors who did the South Coast proud in very difficult and heavy conditions and thank you to all the spectators who braved the weather.

The Wight Surf History are pleased to have been a part of the 2011 South Coast Surfing Championships, gaining funding from the West Wight Landscape Partnership for judges, banners, stickers and t-shirts for all competitors. A big thank you to the WWLP from Wight Surf History and the IOW Surf Club.


Fantastic finish to the Frost Bite Series

Rapanui Frostbite Surf Series Event 5 May Bank Holiday Monday saw the fifth and final event of the 2010/11 series take place at Sandown. After a poor run of swell no contest took place in April but a fortuitous Easterly wind-swell arrive at the start of May. With strong winds & currents it was going […]


Fearless at Freshie Bay

Saturday saw a huge swell hit the Island and I heard it was going off almost right around the Island (Would love to see some pics of the other side of the Island if anyone has any?). I managed to sneak down to the bay for an hour with my camera (was our wedding anniversary so I was supposed to be elsewhere) at lunchtime and then for a bit at dusk to see Chris Mannion, Matt Harwood, Will Rome, Phillip Skelley, Mark New and a couple of others take on some monsters. By lunchtime there was a light SW wind and it mean’t only half of the waves coming into the bay were makeable but it didn’t deter the boys from having a go.


IOW Surf Club Frost Bite Event No 4

The Isle of Wight Surf Club held the 4th event in this Winters Frost Bite series at Ventnor on Sunday. Conditions were difficult and wave selection was a quay part in scoring highly in heats. The semi finals saw Al Reed, Chris Mannion and Jamie Whittle get knocked out as the competitors found it hard to find high scoring waves.

The final came down to Matt Harwood (current leader in the championships standings), Joe Truman, Josh Jupe and Mark New. It was another closely contested final with Mark coming out the winner, with Josh 2nd and Matt 3rd. Congratulations to the Isle of Wight Surf Club and all the people who helped make this another successful event.