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Current British champion Jack Johns stormed to victory at The Bodyboard-Depot Wedge Air Show at the weekend with a fluid display of high-performance bodyboarding. All the conditions came together over the weekend for the competition held at Newquay’s Tolcarne Beach. Blue skies, scorching sunshine and clean 2-3ft wedges greeted the best riders in the UK as the second stop on the 2011 Autosleepers British Tour tour got underway.   The Saturday saw 2010 wedge champion Alex Winkworth set the standard with big boosts, the highlight a huge air reverse out of a trademark bowl. Stopped halfway through the quarter finals due to falling light, the scene was set for a Sunday night showdown as the swell was groomed clean with light offshores.   Day two saw Tolcarne veteran Joe Franklin start the air show with an explosive split-legged invert, and as wedge started to turn on, the semis soon got underway. British senior champion Rob Barber and six-times British champion Damian Prisk led from experience and progressed in their semi to face current British champion Johns and last year’s wedge champion Winkworth in a final that brimmed with boog talent and expectation.   Starting solidly with strong combos, Barber upped the benchmark with inverts, rolls and spins at his home break. As Porthtowan local Winkworth mixed a few little barrels with some boost sections on both lefts and rights, Prisk waited for the elusive wedge to work its magic and give him a section that he could bust a big maneuver on and stamp his authority on the final. As time ticked away, that wave marched in to Johns, who sped with a silky trim line and whipped a full rotation air reverse off the bowl, projecting him into the flats as the crowd hooted and whistled just a few yards away on the beach. As the hooter went the crowd made their appreciation heard and Johns made his way to the winner’s area to receive his prize of two new wetsuits from competition sponsor Agent Eighteen.   The result propels Johns into the lead on the 2011 tour with 805 points, followed by U-18 British champion Steve Hall with 583, Dave Speller with 500, Barber with 430 and Remi Geffroy and Winkworth on 365 each.   The dropknee division was taken out by jackstance shredder Ollie Medland, followed by Alex Winkworth in second and Aidan Salmon in third.   The first ever women’s division at the wedge competition was taken out by former Western Australia state champion Loz Williams, with Olivia Smedley coming in second.   Jack Johns, Olly Medland and Loz Williams all won wetsuits by event sponsor Agent Eighteen, as did Rob Barber and Alex Winkworth for finishing second and third respectively in the open division.   In total £95 was also raised for professional US bodyboarder Eddie Solomon who is battling cancer. Dozens of bodyboarders paddled out and waited to turn and catch one wave together in to shore – commonly known as a party wave.   Local rider Barber, who finished a close second behind Johns, said: “The Bodyboard-Depot Wedge Air Show is the most action packed stop of the tour and this year it didn't disappoint again! The event will go down as one of the best ever, we are stoked with the results, it's been a great day for British bodyboarding.”   The event was sponsored by ThreeSixty Magazine, Agent Eighteen, Cornwall College and Newquay Activity Centre and presented by The Kahuna Restaurant and St Austell Brewery.   All eyes are on the next stop on the tour -The Pit/NMD North Kernow Challenge - which is due to take place at Constantine Bay.   Results: Open results:   1 – Jack Johns (Penzance) 2 – Rob Barber (Newquay) 3 – Alex WInkworth (Porthtowan) 4 – Damian Prisk (Porthtowan)   Drop knee results:   1 – Olly Medland (Plymouth) 2 – Alex Winkworth (Porthtowan) 3 – Aidan Salmon (Newquay) 4 – Chris Milford (Plymouth) 5 – Aaron Dinham (Saltash)   Womens   1 – Loz Williams (Newquay) 2 – Olivia Smedley (Yorkshire)    
  • July 09, 2011
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