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Bodyboarding Junior Event - A Huge Success

Young Newquay bodyboarder Joe Woodhouse wins first ever Junior Show Down bodyboarding competition. Tolcarne beach. James Trevena launches an air roll in the early heats. Mike Searle The British Junior Bodyboard Show Down held at Newquay’s Tolcarne beach proved the sport is growing from strength to strength with a 20 strong field of competitors assembled for the first ever junior only bodyboarding competition in the UK. With a clean 3 foot swell, light winds and glorious sun, the stage was set for some awesome performances and the crowd on the beach weren’t disappointed. Junior bodyboarders who’d travelled from all over Cornwall and Devon showed that they have some futuristic moves in their arsenal with highlights being an array of big aerial moves in the finals when the tide and swell served up some excellent ramping waves. Surely the countries biggest future talent, Luke Harper lived up to the hype and won the under 14’s division aged only 11. Harper from Portreath showed maturity beyond his years to pick up two big scoring rides. The most improved rider of the event was Tyler Littlejohns who proved that a summer of chasing swells in the UK and training in France really sky rockets your bodyboarding performance. He breezed to first place in the Under 16 division and entered the under 18 final as the event favourite. Under 14 division winner Luke Harper carves a reverse spinner on his way to victory. Aaron Parsons As the tide pushed up and Tolcarne’s famous wedge wave started working the action really heated up. It was the local knowledge and patience from Newquay’s Joe Woodhouse which prevailed over the fast fire efforts of the other finalists. With only 8 minutes remaining in the heat Joe secured a big air roll off an outside section to score highly from the judges. With only 3 minutes remaining he kept his nerve to pick off the biggest wave of the event and launch a huge inverted aerial, scoring nearly perfect scores from the judging panel. Tyler Littlejohns, Alistair Bowden, Lee Perry and George Hudson prepare for their heat in the under 16's division. Aaron Parsons Rob Barber Director of The Bodyboard-Depot who sponsored the event commented “We set out to create an event that would give Britain’s junior bodyboarders the chance to compete in a fun environment and help them gain experience with the competition format. We saw some great performances and some really promising talent for the future. Next week is the British Bodyboarding National Championships at Porthtowan, let’s hope that this event and the monthly coaching sessions that we have been holding for the juniors at the Bodyboard-Depot school has prepared them for it”. The event was held with the assistance of The British Bodyboard Club and their excellent judging team. The top four placed bodyboarders in each division received prizes from the event sponsors: The Bodyboard-Depot, Found Bodyboards, ThreeSixty Bodyboarding Magazine, Talk Design and Print, The Newquay Activity Centre, Cornwall College and Freedom Fins. Lee Perry bottom turns. Aaron Parsons Results: Under 18 1. Joe Woodhouse 2. Tyler LittleJohns 3. Taylor Prisk 4. Andy Whatty Under 16 1. Tyler Littlejohns 2. Taylor Prisk 3. Luke Trowill 4. James Trevena Under 14 1. Luke Harper 2. Michael Gibson 3. George Hudson 4. Thomas Barton
  • September 18, 2012
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