BKSA GRAND PRIX ROUND 1
The weekend got off to a good start with the press call on Thursday. A good turn out from the pro fleet provided the press and film crews with plenty of action and interviews- of course there was great wind waves and sun.
There was footage shown over the 3 days on ITV Westcountry , BBC SouthWest , Radio interviews on Atlanic FM and BBC Cornwall as well as lots of coverage in the regional papers
13 Pro Men and 6 Pro Ladies registered for the competition at Watergate Bay. Riders have been training hard this winter in foreign climates from South Africa , Australia and the Philipines.
Competitors came from South Africa , Ireland and the UK to make up the field of competitors. Unfortunately the wind did not play ball on the Friday – it was up and down so no competition was held.
Friday night was seen with competitors chilling out at the local pub .
13 Amateurs , 7 Juniors and 6 Seniors registered for the amateur comp – the standard having risen as well as some of the heights of some of the junior competitors!
Saturday started with clear skies and building surf but the wind was still not the best.
N to NE which means cross offshore the cliffs created turbulence and the wind was very gusty and difficult for the pro fleet who were were first to sail.
After a riders meeting the fleet decided to carry on with the competition even though conditions were very difficult. The gusty winds provided one or two upsets and proved a big hindrance to the more technical riders whilst the old school moves became the staple for consistent scoring.
Both the mens and womens pro fleets were completed with one or two shocks on the podium.
1) Lewis Crathern
2) Ali Barrett
3) Mark Conolly
1) Andreya Wharry
2) Steph Bridge
3) Helen Thompson
The first 4 heats of the Amateur men were run unfortunately due to the incoming tide competition was suspended for the day .
Saturday night saw a great party at the Beach Hut – competitors rocked till the early hours!
Sunday morning started promisingly as riders woke to plenty of pranks and joke on this April Fools Day, however the biggest joke was that the wind disappeared during the riders briefing.
Several attempts to run the competition in various formats from full heats to a slope style best trick failed in the disappointing wind. At least they tried!
The presentation was held below the beach cafe at the Extreme Academy where the Pro winners were presented officially with their results (
However due to the bad conditions two more prize were given to people who caught the judges eye .
Rebecca Morris the only female riding in the Ams for best wipe out … after being dazed she still managed to get back up and try to carry on with her heat.
Junior Dan Sweeny with a fantastic attempt at a slim chance which he just missed landing in the poor wind.
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1. Lewis Crathern
2. Ali Barrett
3. Mark Connolly
4. Sam Light
5. Robin Snuggs
9= Taro Neihaus
1 Andeya Wharry
2 Steph Bridge
3 Helen Thompson
4 Johara Sykes Davies
5 Annalisa Dovey
6 Jo Wilson
Photo Credit: Debbie Scotson