Legend of the Bay, 27th-28th April,
Extreme Academy Watergate Bay
Watergate Bay saw the best UK riders in two surfing disciplines come to compete in Kitesurfing and SUP (Stand up Paddle board) over the same weekend.
Legend of the Bay was the first collaboration between the British Stand Up Paddleboard Association (BSUPA) and the British Kitesports Association (BKSA).
Competitors could enter either individual competitions in their favoured sport – a kitesurf wave competition , or a SUP surf competition – or they could challenge for the coveted title of ‘Legend of the Bay’, which was awarded to the competitor with the highest combined score from both disciplines.
There were 17 riders in total doing both disciplines
Saturday saw a 20mph Northerly wind giving crosshore conditions with a 5-6 ft wave. The battle was fierce with some great rides from many. Local ripper Josh Coombes scoring 8 out of 10 for his first wave. In the final it was Dom Moore – Newquay local , Danny Morrice from Worthing and Penzance local Lee Harvey – the conditions were hard however Lee Harvey showed his great surfing style to take the win ahead of 18 year old Danny.
In the ladies it was down to Sarah Sylvester (2011 Wavemasters Champ) and Keira Allwood (2012 Wavemasters Champ) to battle it out in the large waves. Keira took the win by charging some of the bigger waves.
Sunday and we awoke to light winds and a small clean wave at high tide perfect conditions for all. The competition was started at 9.30 in the glassy conditions however the dropping tide and increasing SW wind turned the surf into small hard sections to ride and this is where the experienced riders shone.
The Final of the Men’s was all Cornish affair between Alex Murray of Polzeath, Reuben Ellis of Torpoint and Lee Norris from Newquay. Alex Murray showed the way in the hard conditions with some lovely turns and tail slides to take 1st ahead of Reuben in 2nd and Lee in 3rd .
The Ladies final saw Keira Allwood, Abby Barker Smith and Julia Slack get some great rides in the hard conditions – Abby (2012 BSUPA Women’s Surf Champion), took the win with Keira in 2nd and Julia in 3rd.
Prizegiving was done by the Extreme Academy at 2pm with the combined scores being added up – there was only 1 point in between the top 3.
Dom Moore and Keira Allwood were crowned winners and the titles “Legend of the Bay” is there’s for the coming year!
2nd in the Mens overall was Neal Gent and 3rd local Josh Coombes
British Kitesports Event director Richard Gowers said: “It was a great weekend we could not have asked for a better turnout and conditions – everyone had a great time and the winners were truly Legends.”
BSUPA Events Director Richard Marsh said: “ When we first spoke about the collaboration, we always feel there would be a positive response to it, and we were proved right. The competitors loved the format, and challenge for some of not just one but, two competitions! Brilliant to see the shared passion, competitive spirit from all, especially as the SUP drew towards the finals and everyone trying to work out overall positions and who would be crowd ‘Legend of the Bay’. The ocean is there for us all to enjoy, no matter what our chosen sport or activity maybe”.
Well done to all and making it a fantastic event and a great turn out with 20 kiters and 25 SUPPers in their respective competitions
Many thanks to Extreme Academy – Title Sponsor and sub Sponsors Cabrinha, SUPboarder, Race Crew, Richard, Norman, Bob, Sean, Ben and Anton.
Extreme Academy staff Alison, Virgina and Carl.
For more information on BSUPA visit: www.bsupa.org.uk
For more information on Extreme Academy visit: www.watergatebay.co.uk