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2024 Longboard Competiton

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Longboard Competition 2024

Held at Portinfer on Saturday 13th April in some quality long board waves. Congratulations to everyone who took part in and a big thanks to everyone who gave up their day to help. Thanks to Skywave Photography for the video.

Mens
1st Matt Le Maitre 
2nd Greg Le Tissier
3rd Dominic Mathews
4th Danny Ohara

Womens
1st Ruth Hurst
2nd Florrie Cooper

Cold Water Classic 2024

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Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Cold Water Classic 2024 and a big thanks to everyone who gave up their day to help. We had an excellent day of surfing in some solid waves. Starting with the juniors at T-other Side this morning followed by the women’s and men’s heats at Portinfer this afternoon.

https://player.vimeo.com/video/935352315?badge=0&autopause=0&player_id=0&app_id=58479

U18 Boys
1st Thomas Le Cheminate
2nd Felix Cooper

U18 Girls
1st Florrie Cooper
2nd Katie Smith
3rd Indi Warren

Women’s
1st Indi Warren
2nd Katie Smith
3rd Bee Smith
4th Charlotte Scherdes

Men’s
1st Johnny Wallbridge
2nd Tom Colley
3rd Ed Cooper
4th James Le Tissier

Remembering George

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Words to George

I was lucky enough to know George for about 25 years. There are many people here who have known him for half a century or more.

George was a kind, gentle and extremely friendly man. Who always made you feel welcome and valued at all times. These attributes I feel, we all need to work on.

George was one of the “Saga-Surfers”. I only hope that I am that active and surfing like that when I am in my mid 70’s.

I will always remember surfing with George at Portinfer in the early evening when the Sky was going red and sea a lovely turquoise blue. I managed to get a nice wave, paddle back out and was then greeted by that wonderful twinkle in George’s eye that said so much.

I will end this by paraphrasing someone much more eloquent than I: Mary Elizabeth Fry:

“Do not stand at my grave and weep.

I am not there. I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.

I am the gentle Autumn rain.

I am the swift uplifting rush of the swell.

I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry.

I am not there. I did not die.”

To George and his family,  2023


Remembering George

Remember George’s lovely winning smile
And that twinkle in his eye
Which endeared him to all he met
Without having to even try.

From his  fellow surfers in the waves
And co workers at Banks and shops
To the chuckling hawkers on the Moroccan beach
To us all George was the tops

*Remember he was such a good listener and friend
Non judgemental he’d quietly advise
After listening to your grave concerns
His responses helpful, witty and wise

*Remember he and Katie were intrepid travellers
Something they needed to be
To visit their beloved Laura and Matt
Who both travelled far O’er the sea

*Remember our group cycle rides?
So fast his legs a blur
His speed on the flat was legendary
Particularly en route to the Fleur

*Remember George loved to surf glassy “knee to head”
Then surfed out we’d laze in the sun
Before raising his head from his sandy slumber
Saying” It’s cleaned up boys…time for more fun”

*Remember after a hard days surf we’d eat
George would say “don’t you think it’d be rude”
“To not finish off with a wee brandy
To complement the food”

*Remember our fantastic Boys surf trips?
We’d retire surfed out to the core
But  paper thin walls at Les Dunes were no match
As dear George was known to snore!

*Remember he loved his MG and Triumph
How he and Katie would jump at the chance
To pack up (very lightly)  the red sports car
And go touring together around France

*Remember Cobo was his beloved place
Where he and Katie would sit back in the day
To soak up the sun and bathe in the sea
Watching Laura , Matt and then Lilly play

*Remember at Cobo he was part of the community
“What Ho George!” the locals would call
He’d love a wee chat in Maryland shop or the Rocky
Or just sat on the old sea wall

Remember the tides will ebb and flow
Cobo’s red sun will always set
There are some things we will always remember
And George we will never forget.

Kev

Longboard Surf Contest 2022

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Longboard Surf Contest

Congratulations to Naomi Mather and Matt Le Maitre for winning the 2022 Longboard Surfing Contest 🙂

The Longboard Surfing contest was held at Vazon on Saturday 21st May 2022 with a small swell in the alcove and on the reef. A big thanks to Cooper Brouard for sponsoring the contest and all the judges who helped run the comp.
First in the water was the women’s with Ruth Hurst, Florrie Cooper, Bea Smith, and Naomi Mather competing with Naomi opting for the lefts on the Vazon reef while the others surfed the alcove. With some very close surfing in waist to chest high waves Naomi Mather took the win followed closely by Ruth Hurts in second place, Florrie Cooper third and Bea Smith in fourth place.

Next in the water for the men’s semi-finals heat, were Jeffery Babasa, Ben Ralph, James Cooper, and Matt Le Maitre with Matt Le Maitre and Ben Ralph progressing through to the finals. In the second heat of the semi-finals were Harry Hider, Greg Le Tissier, and Ed Cooper in a very close heat with Harry Hider and Greg Le Tissier making it through to the finals.

The finals was a closely fought match with any of the surfers looking like they could take the lead, Matt Le Maitre took a long right on the reef that gave him the edge to take the victory winning the competition closely followed by Ben Ralph in second place, Harry Hider in third place and Greg Le Tissier in fourth place.

Women’s
1st – Naomi Mather
2nd – Ruth Hurst
3rd – Florrie Cooper
4th – Bea Smith

Men’s
1st – Matt Le Maitre
2nd – Ben Ralph
3rd – Harry Hider
4th – Greg Le Tissier