Cornwall Surfers Help Team England to Historic Triple European Surf Crowns and Fourth overall in team standings.
Calls for more funding for surfing as England’s juniors top the Euros…
It’s not just in football that England are excelling in Europe. The Team England surfing juniors have just returned from the 2022 EuroSurf Championships where they stormed the leader boards, claiming three European Titles and taking fourth spot overall in the team standings.
And two out of the three gold medal winners hailed from Cornwall
Arthur Randall of Truro overcame difficult conditions to claim the under 18s male longboard gold and despite coming from repechage, 14-year-old Perranporth-born Lukas Skinner was crowned U16 European Champion.
Arthur Randall (top) and Lukas Skinner
18-year-old Alys Barton collected the championship title in the Under 18s female division with 14-year-old Lola Bleakley from Penzance just losing out in the last seconds of the Girls U18 Longboard final to an unbelievable wave from a Spanish surfer. Having led for the most of the final an amazing effort from Lola at the age of 14 – she’ll surely be back in two years’ time to claim her gold.
Lola Bleakley, silver medallist
Speaking of the outstanding performance from Team England at this year’s championship, team manager Jamie Wride, explains the level of commitment shown by the crew and team members:
‘There is no easy way to the top of the European standings. The standard is so high with many world finalists competing in the European Games and you’ve got to be across all aspects of your game; technical skills, competition strategy and mental and physical resilience to push through a long week of heats and then dominate finals. I’m so proud of all of our team, these young athletes have grafted hard and delivered some historic performances for their country.’
Of course, it’s huge credit to our volunteer coaches and support crew – out at the Euros’ Jamie Wride, Beau Bromham, Lenka Koubek and Ben Skinner.
The performance is perhaps more celebratory given the small amount of funding surfing receives from nationwide funders.
“It’s all the more impressive that the team has come so far without public funding,” Jamie continues.
“We’ve been knocking on Sport England’s door to try and change that, to bring in the support so many other sports benefit so much from. This crew, our new European Champions, have just made those knocks much harder to ignore.
Surfing England remains a membership-based organisation – not for profit, but all for surfing. The public’s support means everything and we would love you to join us.”
U16 M European Champion: Lukas Skinner said:
“I’m so happy for the win especially coming from the repechage. Surfing more heats in the repechage got me into a roll which made me confident in my surfing. It was great to share the final with some of my best friends from Europe. Thanks to everyone in the team, my family and all the support from home.”
U18 M European Longboard Champion: Arthur Randall added:
“I feel overwhelmed, happy, and relieved. I wouldn’t have got there without the help of the coaches and the team. Conditions were tricky and my competitors surfed really well. Getting knocked out in the first round put my confidence down but I worked my way all the way to the top through repechage – the repechage final put my head in the game and I started to truly believe in myself! Big thanks to everyone involved!”
U18 F European Champion: Alys Barton said:
“I am super happy to have just come first in the U18 Girls – I am now a European Champion! I am so stoked, it’s such an amazing feeling. The whole team has been so supportive, and everyone has been ripping. It’s been such an awesome event – the waves have been pumping and everyone has been having such a good time. I’m just super stoked to come out with a win!”
RESULTS SUMMARY – TO SEE FULL RESULTS CLICK HERE
Longboard u18 – Arthur Randell (Eng)
Longboard u18 girls – Daniela Sevillano (Spa)
Surf u16 girls – Annette Etxabarri (Spa)
Surf u16 – Lukas Skinner (Eng)
Surf u18 girls – Alys Barton (Eng)
Surf u18 boys – Kai Odriozola (Spa)
1st Spain, 2nd France, 3rd Portugal, 4th England
Jamie Wride, summarised by thanking the partners and sponsors that helped to make the success possible.
“Dryrobe is very much part of the Surfing England family and sponsors for the junior crew, so huge thanks to them for their belief and putting back into the sport.
Thanks to Euroropean Surfing Federation and Ocean Spirit for organising such a fantastic event and our wider coaching team at home: Miles Lee-Hargraves, Karma Worthington, Jenny Briant, Damon Beveridge, Dr. Lindsay Woodford and Emily Williams for all their efforts helping the squad to prepare for the event.”
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