The Jersey Bodyboarders are stoked to be able to announce that the club will be holding a bodyboard contest on the Flowrider at the Merton Hotel, Jersey, on the afternoon of Saturday 27 April 2013. The event will be limited to Jersey Bodyboarders club members and will start with a competitors practise session followed by the contest itself.
This promises to be a great event for club members; definitely an afternoon not to be missed. The event will be judged by expert Flowrider riders kindly provided by the Merton Hotel. No experience is necessary; however, the club would thoroughly recommend heading up to the Merton Hotel if you want to get some practise sessions in. Please note that there will be a limit on competitor numbers so entries will be accepted on receipt of entry forms and fees on a first come first served basis.
Further updates will be posted in the lead up to the event; however, in the meantime if you require any further details call or text Colin on 07797818586. If you wish to head up to the Merton for practise sessions then visit the Hotel’s website for further details http://www.seymourhotels.com/merton-hotel/resort-facilities/flowrider-surf-wave.aspx
Held at La Saline, Saturday 02 March 2013
Clint Loaked returned to winning form at the Jersey Bodyboarders 2013 Cold Water Challenge held in small clean waves at la Saline.
With a sea temperature down to 7c and a cold north-easterly breeze keeping the air temp down to only a couple of degrees above freezing, this year’s event definitely lived up to its title.
The first round saw some close heats and some good bodyboarding, with experience leading the way over youthful enthusiasm, with most of the seasoned bodyboarders safely advancing through at the expense of the younger competitors.
The first of the semis was fought out between Loake, Colin Crowther and Terry Oliveira. A reverse in the pocket followed by a forward on a left gave Crowther a good opener, which was backed up with a right with a reverse, cut-back and a roll in the shorey. Loake then performed the first ARS of the day, which he backed up with a series of waves with tight spin roll combos. Oliveira picked off a couple of good lefts with spins and rolls; however, it was to be Loake and Crowther who were to advance through.
Semi two developed into a very closely contested heat between Darreth Morison, James Manners and Phil Le Neveu, with Le Neveu showing smooth style with stylish cut-backs and spin roll combos, whilst Manner threw more power into his moves. Morison, who ended 2012 as the number two rated bodyboarder in the island, took more of a gamble with an ARS off a good bowly left but he failed to stick the landing. In the end Morison came up just short with Manners taking the win ahead of Le Neveu.
The waves took a turn for the worse for the 20 minute final with a long lull in the waves for the first few minutes. When the action did get underway, it was Loake who pretty much sealed the win with his first wave, boosting a big ARS posting 8s and 9s from the judges. Loake followed this up with a series of good waves including a right finished off with a tidy reverse re-entry.
The battle for 2nd spot was closely contested with Manners, Crowther and Le Neveu all posting good scoring rides. When all was tallied up it was Le Neveu who took 2nd spot ahead of Crowther and Manners in 3rd and 4th respectively.
1. Clint Loake
2. Phil Le Neveu
3. Colin Crowther
4. James Manners
=5. Darreth Morison
=5. Terry Oliveira
=7. Callum Wedgbury
=7. James Lawrence
=7. Seb Bonnier
Event photos by Carol Hopkins: