Elusive open of Surf 2015. 7th November, Coney Beach, Porthcawl.
It couldn’t have been a worse start to a surf event as heavy winds and near horizontal rain hampered the early light set up, but as the contest progressed, the clouds disappeared making way for some well deserved sunshine. The early difficult conditions improved as the tide pushed in past the harbour wall, to reveal some clean faces and peeling waves, this provided a platform for a dazzling display of surfing in all categories.
Despite a delayed start the contest ran like clockwork and as the sun started to fade the final hooter of the day sounded to wrap up an exciting day of surfing action.
Back to back wins saw Alex Morris, Max Payne & Emily Williams retain their Open, U/18 and Women’s titles respectively, Swansea’s Connor Griffiths picked up the Longboard title.
It wouldn’t be a contest without these guys and a big thanks goes to all; Bob & Anne Blythe, Stuart Bentley, Craig Burrows, Ray Samson, Coryn Daniel, Tim Aylet, Linda Sharp, Johnny Hillman and the CS crew, the Welsh Surfing Federation, Welsh Coast Surf Club, Hi-Tide Porthcawl, Bridgend Tourism, Ffion Matthews and the SAS crew for organising a fantastic beach clean. All the co-sponsors: Diplock Surfboards, Obsessive-Disorder, Koston Skateboards UK, City Surf & Skate Cardiff, Flow Surf & Skate Porthcawl.
Open Men: 1st Alex Morris, 2nd Rhys Poulton, 3rd, Harry Cromwell, 4th Seth Morris.
Women: 1st Emily Williams, 2nd Gwen Spurlock, 3rd Frankie Pioli, 4th Jessica Tuckman
U/18: 1st Max Payne, 2nd Jack Mathias, 3rd Logan Nicol, 4th Dylan Ward
Longboard: 1st Connor Griffiths, 2nd Elliott Dudley, 3rd Greg Norman, 4th Steve Horn
Photos: Jonathan Payne