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South Coast Surfing Championships – Day 1

The South Coast Surfing Championships started with registration at 8am sharp at Compton Bay car park. It was dark, gloomy and not exactly the biggest waves I’d ever seen. Many of the competitors must have been wondering what they were doing standing around in a car park so early in the morning with such tiny waves. After everyone had registered Matt Harwood called a postponement until 10.45am for a 11am start of the juniors.

Matt was very sure that by then the waves would be better and that the forecast for Sunday was for much bigger surf. At 10.45am Matt was right, the waves had got better but still not quite what everyone was hoping for. It was obvious that the Groms just wanted to get in the water and surf so the organisers made the decision to run and fun juniors competition on the Foam boards. A great turnout meant there to be 3 heats of 4 competitors in each heat (not quite as many as first planned as one of the mainland teams didn’t turn up).

First up was Matt Townsend, Robin Forrest, Dominic Arnold and Elliott Gray. The waves were very small and messy with a light south westerly blowing but the boys soon showed everyone that there were a few half decent waves to be ridden. Robin came out on top with Matt second while Dominic and Elliott came 3rd and 4th.

Heat 2 was Jamie King, Toby Greene, Ed Reed and Lucy Howell and they all started catching waves one after the other. A couple of the boys tried a few headstands while Lucy kept looking for a wave with a nice wall to it. The heat looked really close to call but Ed from the Island and Lucy from Shore coming out 1st and 2nd.

Heat 3 saw Thomas Louis Francis, Dylan Hamlet, Patrick White and Kira Bell. Kira stuck to the inside and had a bit of a slow start but eventually grabbed a few nice waves and pulled of switch foot to gain 2nd. The others battled it out on the outside with Dylan coming out on top by consistently getting long rides.

The Semi Finals were made up of two heats of three. Robin, Matt and Ed in Heat 1 found the waves had started to build and wave selection played a big part in the two Island boys Matt and Robin coming in 1st and 2nd.

Semi Final two saw Lucy of Shore battle it out with Dylan and Kira. Dylan seemed to make it look so easy and came home 1st with Lucy’s wave choice meaning she picked up 2nd place.

The Final was so close to call with all the Finalists picking off some really good little waves. Eventually Matt Townsend won by picking off three really good waves towards the end of the final. Dylan came in 2nd with Robin 3rd and Lucy 4th.


Oct 9th – Wave Sequence

Another wave sequence from Saturday October 9th 2010 at Compton


A Great Day and Night

What a day Saturday the 9th of October turned out to be. The swell started to grow from only a couple of foot first thing to an epic swell that saw Compton, Freshwater Bay and The Pearl all fireing. I checked Compton early and a few of you were either in or going in and it was about 2 – 3ft and building. The wind looked a little strong, making the waves hard to catch but as the swell grew it got better and better. I knew I was only going to get one go at getting a few waves so opted to come back in a couple of hours in hope my timing would pay off. Will still alot of things to finalise for the movie night I did about 15mins filming and the shot off to try and get as much done as possible in 2 hours.

While I was away my phone didn’t stop. I had messages saying nearly every break from Freshwater Bay right round to Sandown were breaking. When I came past Freshwater Bay there was too much water and I couldn’t wait any longer. At Compton I met up with Andy Haworth (Devon Lanes and Longboards) who was already on the cliff top filming (Can’t wait to see the footage Andy). After quick introductions he exclaimed that in all his times on the Island he had never seen Compton like that. While talking a set came through and I hadn’t seen anything like that at Compton for a very very long time. I then ran back to my car to get changed and get in. With only about 15 – 20 people in the water it was perfect, I managed to get a couple of the big set waves right to the beach. When I wasn’t catching waves it was just great to watch some of you guys getting some great waves and the standard of surfing on the Island is very high. I don’t know all of you, but being out there on Saturday really showed that all those days surfing in small wind chop, onshores and just getting in when there was any wave has produced some excellent surfers on the Island.

I only had a short time at the beach and only managed to photograph Compton for about an hour. If any of you have any good photographs of anywhere on Saturday please send them in to us and we’ll put up a gallery of all your shots. I have seen some great shots of The Pearl and Freshwater Bay on Facebook so send them to us too.

Havig such a great swell during the day it couldn’t have been any better for the Movie night. With everyone buzzing from the waves earlier in the day the Sandpipers was soon full to the brim and a wall of noise as everyone talked about the waves. We started the evening with ‘Devon Lanes and Longboards’ by Andy Haworth (If you are interested in buying Andy’s movie go to his website here Devon Lanes and Longboards ). This was followed by a great movie by Sid Pitman ‘Surf Rats’. We also had Strat Cat Productions who very kindly set up a screen and played movies in the Sandpipers big hall all night from ‘Brown Water’ by Sid, ‘Isle of Wight Surf Club’ by Annie Macpherson and Andy Haworths footage from the day. A big thanks to Mark, Nigel and the boys for helping making it a great night. The evning was to finish with ‘Fusion’ by Ross Johns and you can also buy his movie at surfclips.co.uk. At this point I think most of the Ale in the bar had gone and people still wanted more, so by popular request we put on Bert’s ‘Wight Water’. We went on playing movies well into the early hours and raised over £100 for the Freshwater Lifeboat. Many thanks to all who came and especially Jason, Andy, Ross, Annie, Sid, Bert, Al, The Sandpipers Hotel, the West Wight Landscape Partnership and all who helped to make the evening a great success (Apologies if I forgot anyone).

If anyone took any photos during the Surf Movie Evening we would love to put a few on here too, so send them in to paul@wightsurfhistory.co.uk


Epic Swell February 2010

February 2010 – Freshwater Bay Some great footage here of Freshwater Bay on 6th February 2010, filmed and edited by Chris Court Many thanks Chris


Perfect Swells

“one of those days that will be etched in everyone memory as being one of the best swells anyone has seen for a long time”