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2019 GSC Competition Results & Year in Review

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2019 Competition Results & Year in Review

GSC awards presentation at LGM Christmas Party 2019

Tom Hook winner of the 2019 GSC Open | Sophie Hook winner of the 2019 Ladies Island Championship

During the summer month of 2019 we ran the “Junior Summer Sessions” supported by Appleby and Sea Change Recruitment.

This included and series of fun surfs, beach BBQ and scored heats finishing with a Junior Island Championships. These Junior Sessions had 25 juniors taking part including 11 girls and it was really positive to watch them all progress their surfing 🙂

Junior Summer Sessions Winners

10 and under boys – Byron Wakefield

10 and under girls – Katie Smith

Under 14 boys – Emile Le Compte

Under 18 boys – Joseph Gaudion

Under 18 girls – Rochelle Girard

While this was going on Tom Hook was travelling off island to take part in national competitions, achieving amazing results in the Rip Curl Grom Searches in Jersey 3rd U16 and 1st U14 and in UK Search event 2nd U14.

GSC Ladies Island Championships

For the first time in a number of years we were able to run a Ladies Islands Championship.

1st Sophie Hook

2nd Bea Smith

3rd Charlotte Scherders

GSC Open

The GSC Open comp was held at Portinfer and the results are:

1st Tom Hook

2nd Jake Warr

3rd Johnny Walbridge

4th Martin Baxter

The Wave Bristol

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The Bristol wave pool has just opened and I’ve caught up with Tom Hook who’s just returned from surfing The Wave to ask him a few questions about his trip.

The Wave is an inland surf destination where everyone can surf on consistent, safe waves all year round. It’s the first inland surfing venue in the northern hemisphere to use Wavegarden Cove technology providing over 1,000 waves an hour.

Thanks to Tom Hook for this Q&A, Photos & Videos about this new surf venue.

How did you get there?

I flew with Blue Islands to Bristol airport and then we hired a car. The
drive was about an hour to the Wave Pool from the airport.

Do you need to take your own gear?

I did take my own gear, however they can provide everything you need at no
extra charge. I would advise, if you’re taking your own wetsuit, to make
sure it’s a warm one as the water is cold!

Cost of using pool / how do you book it. By the hour or day?

I had an early rider membership, so had a free session but booked others so
I had five hour long sessions over the weekend. It’s £30 for a child and I
think £40 for an adult. You can choose to surf a right or a left and the
level. I chose to mix it up and surf both lefts and rights on the advanced

Tom Hook Surfing The Wave Bristol

Accommodation – can you stay there?

I think they will be offering accommodation in the future but the Wave
recommended a place called the Bowl Inn, which was five minutes away and
really comfortable and did good pub grub too.

What is the venue like?

There is a long walk from the car park to the pool but this could be a good
warm up! You’ll need it! There is a cool restaurant and a few food stalls so
plenty on offer and great viewing points to watch the surfing. They also
have hot showers and changing rooms you can use.

What is the wave like to surf?

The wave was very consistent, it will be good for training. The wave wasn’t
that big when I was there but they will be able to make the wave setting
bigger. In an hour’s session you could probably surf up to twenty waves. If
you’re at the front of the queue you could snag a couple of waves in one

Tom Hook Surfing The Wave Bristol

Can anyone go or do you need to be a good surfer?

There are different settings for different levels of ability being advanced,
intermediate and beginner. You will want to try and be in a group with
similar ability for the system to flow well.

Best part of the trip?

This was my first time surfing an artificial wave and it didn’t disappoint.
Obviously surfing was the best part of the trip but it was cool to watch

Would a Guernsey wave pool be good for tourism?

It would be incredible to have a wave pool here and I’m sure it would
attract loads of tourists and be awesome for the locals too. The Bristol
Wave is powered using renewable energy so it’s not a drain on the

Would you like to surf it again?

Yes definitely, I’d love to go back and try some of the more advanced
settings when they’re available.

Tom Hook Surfing The Wave Bristol

Tom Hook Surfing The Wave Bristol

The Wave Bristol

To find out more about the The Wave and book your stay head over to their website

GSC Open 2019

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The GSC Open comp that was held on Saturday 19th October at Portifer and we got lucky with some fantastic waves and great surfing by all competitors.

Results will remain secret until the Grande Mare Christmas meal on the 15th December. A big thanks to Yakwax for very kindly supporting this comp and Trophy and prizes will be presented at the LGM on the 15th so make sure you get your tables booked ASAP 🙂

“A Big Thanks to Yakwax for supporting this event”

Christmas Party 2019 LGM

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Christmas Party @ LGM

The GSC Christmas Party is on Sunday Lunchtime 15th December 12.30. @ LGM
Spaces are limited to approx 100. Each table can accommodate a maximum of 10 people. Normally people book a table of 10 if you have less than ten that’s fine, you can also reserve an individual places.
This year LGM have new terms and we MUST pay two weeks prior to the event so please send in your menu choices and payment early this year!

If you could please let us know as soon as possible who wants a table we will reserve them on a first come first served basis.

We have a spread sheet template together with the menus, if you are organising a table please fill in details and menu choices into the ‘table organiser template (click to download)‘ it helps us enormously (and reduces the chance of errors).

To reserve a table email

If you have any further questions or queries please email

Menu is 3 courses £20.00 and Childrens Menu is £9.50

Menu choices and cheques (made out to La Grande Mare Hotel) can be sent to:
Tim Gaudion, Lilydale, Roncefer Rd, St Sampsons, GY2 4FP.

Christmas MenuChildrens Christmas MenuTable Organiser Spreadsheet

Junior Sessions Comp and Women’s Open 2019

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This afternoon we ran the GSC Women’s open competition and the final comp of the Appleby and Sea Change Recruitment supported, Junior Summer Session. A big thanks to every who came down to day to participate and everyone that helped out. We had great conditions for the final surf event of the season for the Juniors. The Awards evening will be at the Les Roquettes Hotel on Sunday the 6th October starting at 5pm until 7..30. The women’s open results will be announced at LGM Christmas Lunch.

“We are proud to have Applebys on as lead supporter of the series with co-supporter Sea Change Recruitment and thank them for their ongoing support”

Junior Sessions 2019 – Event 2

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Congratulations to all the juniors that took part in our second Junior sessions event held on Sunday. In the small fun waves we ran four fun competition heats and watched some great surfing from all the juniors.

The results from these fun mini comps are:

Boys Comp 1: 1st Emile, 2nd Remi, 3rd Byron & 4th Felix
Boys Comp 2: 1st Seb, 2nd George, Joint 3rd Isaih & Ollie 4th Jack.
Girls Comp 1: 1st Lottie, 2nd Indie, 3rd Bella & 4th Sophia Girls
Comp 2: 1st Claudia, 2nd Sky, 3rd Katie & 4th Willow.

A big thanks to Applebys and Sea Change Recruitment for supporting 2019 Junior Summer Series of surfing 🙂

The next event is the 11th August stay tuned to Face Book for times and updates 🙂

If you would like to take part in the 2019 Junior Surf Sessions sign up here.

“We are proud to have Applebys on as lead supporter of the series with co-supporter Sea Change Recruitment and thank them for their ongoing support”

Junior Series 2018 video & leaderboard.

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Junior Series 2018

Finals day video and awards night.

A big thanks to everyone who took part in this years Junior Series, to all the parents that gave up their time to help and our sponsors Sea Change Recruitment. Investec Bank CI & EFG Private Bank (Channel Islands) Limited for providing sponsorship for Lifesaving training and equipment, the Guernsey Surf School for providing the training & Yakwax for the prizes.

Junior Series 2018 Comp Results


1st Harry Sherborne

2nd Emile Le Compte

3rd Indi Warren

4th Seb Browning


1st Tom Hook

2nd Joseph Gaudion

3rd Ed Cooper

4th Emile Le Compte

5th Lottie Smith


1st Tom Hook

2nd Joseph Gaudion

3rd Leo Ozanne

3rd Emile Le Compte

Proudly Supported By

Night Surf

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Here’s the video from GSC Night surf to raise money for charity (Mind Guernsey) and for the GSC. A special thanks to IAG for sponsoring the entire event by covering all costs and for doubling the donation for charity and the club. Cams Hire – supplying the lights. Event Services – supplying speakers. Geomarine – supplying the generator.

Thanks to Pierre Bisson For the photos

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‘Tom Hook’ travelling to the the World Junior Surfing Championships as part of the CISF team.

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13-year-old Guernsey surfer, Tom Hook, is heading off to California next week to represent the Channel Islands in the ISA World Junior Surfing Championships. The competition is being held at the renowned break of Huntington Beach. Tom, who will be competing in the Under 16s age category, will be joined by four Jersey boys to surf against the world’s best. This is the second time Hook has represented the Channel Islands at world level, having surfed at the World Juniors in Hyuga, Japan last year, earning his ranking of 81st in the world.

The schedule for the event will be as follows*:

October 27 – Opening Ceremony at 10am, Main St. and Pier Plaza
October 27 – Competition to commence at 3pm, Huntington Beach Pier south side
October 28 – November 4 – Competition at Huntington Beach Pier south side, 7:30am – 5pm
November 4 – Closing Ceremony after competition
*Schedule subject to changes. All times in Pacific Standard Time.
To see the full schedule of activities, click here.

The event will be streamed live on October 27 – November 4.

Click here to visit the official event page.