With the conditions having changed dramatically overnight, an early heat this morning produced a win for Jersey’s Josh Letherbarrow and with strong contenders like Jake Powell, Joe Baker, Justin Faulkner and Delia Baker to follow, the CI should make considerable progress.
Yesterday’s surf reduced in size to a manageable 4 ft but forecasters are still warning a swell increase tomorrow of 10 ft- plus with accompanying onshore winds.
Les Quennevais schoolboy Nathan Elms (13) produced one of the best scores of his life in round three of the under 14 division yesterday.
Taking a set wave from out the back, Elms’s bottom to top turn combo on his backhand, finished off with a vertical snap through the lip in the shore break, gained him a 8.3 points – out of a possible ten points.
Spectators and judges alike applauded Elms for this outstanding heat-winning wave.
This was the sixth best wave score in the entire competition behind Mark Lacomare (16) from France.
This will set him up for the semi final stages.
There was also success for Philip le Neveu and Stephanie Seymour.
Seymour hit form at the right moment by winning her round two heat with a long ride all the way to the beach.
Le Neveu also won his round two in the under-16 bodyboards However, there were exits for David Speller and Cole Jouanny from the U18 bodyboards, Pascal Quéméner from the U16 bodyboards, Jack Seymour in the longboard division and Bradley Ferguson who was unfortunately knocked out by Elms in a high scoring heat in the under-14s’ third round.
Fitness is proving a vital factor as competitors who manage to ride long waves all the way to beach, then have to run 100m back along the beach to the paddle-out channel.