2007 Student Surfing Championships

Edited by: Keith Riley

Submitted: 7th March 2007

Plymouth University once again proved it is a force to contend with as it convincingly won the 2007 British National Student Surfing Championships.

Henry Ludovic  Plymouth A team

Henry Ludovic – Plymouth A team

Universities Reign at BUSA Student Surf Champs

The contest, staged at Fistral Beach, Newquay, has become an annual closely-fought competition between south west universities. With 3 of their 4 team members making the final, the win by Plymouth was an outstanding achievement. Ludovic Henry of Plymouth's A team also took to the podium when he won the men's individual competition.

The event, sponsored by Brittany Ferries, Skinners Brewery and GUL, attracted around 450 students from as far away as Ulster and Aberdeen. Conditions varied from perfect surf on the first day to tough onshore waves on day two. The finals were met with consistent 3-4ft, clean surf which made for great contestable waves.

Jo Dennison  Swansea Institute

Jo Dennison – Swansea Institute

The South West – the Home of UK Surfing

Swansea Institute also had plenty to celebrate, as Jo Dennison won the women's individual event and competed alone in the women's team event, coming a respectable eighth place for the institute. There was a close contest for the individual title between Jo and last year's winner Shauna Ward, who also gave a great performance. The men's team for Swansea Institute came third. University of West of England scooped first place for the women's team.

University College Falmouth entered a team for the first time this year. Its women's team was awarded third place and contender Emma Vardy was thrilled to have a place at the women's podium.

She said: "We worked really hard in some tough conditions and considering we are the local team it is great to walk away with a medal."

Phil Attwell, chairman of the British Universities Student Association, which organises the event, said: "For many students this is their only chance to take part in a competitive event. Some students only start surfing when they join their university team in October and they then spend the next six months focussing on taking part in this contest. I also want to thank the British Surfing Association for running this event for us, because they always do an amazing event."

The BUSA student surfing championships is one of the largest events of its kind in the world, with 78 teams from universities across the UK competing. For over 20 years the event has grown and now has more than 435 surfers battling it out in the surf for both university and individual titles.

Karen Walton, national director of the BSA, said: "This year's student championships has brought another great win for Plymouth University, proving that the south west really is the home of UK surfing. The BSA is pleased to continue to support this event and nuture some of Britain's home grown talent."

Results:

Women's Individual:

1 - Jo Dennison (Swansea Inst.)

2 - Shauna Ward (Ulster, Jordanstown)

3 - Bethan Cara-Price (Swansea University)

4 - Sarah Street (Cambridge)

Men's Individual:

1 - Ludovic Henry (Plymouth A)

2 - Luke Parkhouse (Plymouth A)

3 - Matt Le Maitre (Plymouth A)

4 - Luke Havemann (Aberdeen)

Women's Team

1 - University of West England (41)

2 - Swansea University (40)

3 - Falmouth (25.5)

Men's Team

1 - Plymouth A (101)

2 - Aberdeen (70)

3 - Swansea Institute A (54)