English National Surfing Championships 2015

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Bude took one small step to world domination last weekend, as Animal riders Ellie Turner and Jobe Harriss shone in a fiercely competitive rendition of the 43rd English National Surfing Championships at Watergate Bay, Newquay.


The Nationals also saw the return of Hannah Harding to the competition circuit, making the semi-finals of the women’s open just 9 weeks after giving birth to the little legend Reggie. What. A. Rad. Name. Good work Han!


Hannah Harding


In the U16 and U18 girls, Ellie Turner battled with some serious chop to stake authority on the two categories and took home both titles on a wet and windy Sunday. Ellie has recently returned from a winter’s training in Indo and it looks like it has paid off already – the future is looking super bright for the dedicated 13 year old. Georgie Timson battled with Ellie all the way in the U18s, but couldn’t quite get the waves to overtake her Animal team-mate.


Ellie Turner and Georgie Timson on the U18s podium


Over to the Men’s Open, where Alan Stokes and Jobe Harriss were both looking for a solid start to the UK contest season. Jobe was off the back of a 5th place in the first European Pro Junior, as well as a busy winter of cold and warm water training, and it gave him an edge as he took his first English title with Stokesy placing 3rd after a hard fought final. We caught up with Jobe afterwards on his win:


"I was so so happy to take out the English National Championships yesterday, I've come 2nd and 3rd so many times in National Open Division contests so it just feels amazing to finally get a win! Conditions all weekend were fairly tough, it was really small, windy and tricky on the Sunday and I only just scraped through my 1st round heat. Luckily on the Monday for the semi's and final the waves were pumping which made winning that little bit sweeter as everyone had a good opportunity to take the win. I was also awarded the "Randall Davies Memorial Trophy" by Mike Durkin which was such an honour, the list of British surfing legends on the trophy is unreal so I'm so proud to have my name alongside some of the best." 


Nice one Jobe and congratulations to the whole team who competed, you did us proud throughout.


Jobe Harriss


Ellie Turner


An elated Jobe after his win


Thanks to Sarah Clarke at Checkered Photography for the shots!