Oceanfest delivers the goods

Joseph Bulmer

GOLDCOAST Oceanfest was able to deliver the goods at the weekend with an action packed programme despite the best efforts of the weather to disrupt proceedings.

The annual surf, beach sports, lifestyle and music festival held in the arena and on the beach at Croyde also attracted plenty of people, who defied the looming clouds to enjoy all that was on offer.

A full weekend of live music was capped off by American bluesman Seasick Steve while on the beach soccer, volleyball and surf competitions were keenly contested. Skate boarding and BMX demos plus plenty of trade and educational stands kept arena visitors entertained too.

A fitting end to Sunday saw “ironman” Nick Thorn given a heroes welcome by festival goers as he arrived after completing and eight hour paddle from Ilfracombe to Croyde – via Lundy!

Sadly, an appalling forecast on Friday with wet and cold conditions prompted Education Day organisers PEDPASS to cancel the annual visit and beach games tournament of more than 1,000 primary school children.

However, Oceanfest director Warren Latham said being able to stage almost the entire programme despite the weather was a testament to staff, event directors, athletes and musicians.

“As always we wish to thank all the professional and communities organisations who support the event and ensure it showcases the very best attributes of our magnificent North Devon coast,” he said.

And he hailed a fitting end to Sunday, with “ironman” Nick Thorn given a hero’s welcome by festival goers as he arrived after completing and eight hour paddle from Ilfracombe to Croyde – via Lundy!

RESULTS: In the water, the Croyde Longboard Classic was won by Ben Skinner, while North Devon’s Alex Maddocks took top junior spot and Claire Smail was the first lady.

The Big Boy Paddle Race from Saunton to Croyde was won by Elliot Dudley in a time of 26 minutes 43 seconds. Greg Norman was second, then Gary Sinkevicius and Zac Lawton.

Robbie Sandbach was crowed GoldCoast Champion in the Legacy ironman event of ski, paddle boarding and swim, with George Haynes second and Sam Moore third. The U18s was won by Jamie Green and Ellie Parker again took the ladies title.

Sandbuca meanwhile won the Men’s Beach Soccer tournament with Average Joes as runner up.

The Surf Aquathon was won by Phil Parsons, with Helen Dyke winning the ladies section.

Ultimate frisbee sponsored by Thatchers Katy Ros� Cider:

(43 competitors)

Winners : Gent Lush

Spirit of Competition award : Biscuits.

Surf South West Toe Dipper Surfing: Winner Johnny Heard.

Island Trive Sunkist Surf Aquathon:

Male: 1 PHIL PARSONS; 2 David Hutchins; 3 Julian Ridgley.

1st Male Vet: Jonathon Smithson.

1st Super Vet: Les Cavil.

1st youth Male: Same Wordley.

Female: 1 Helen Dyke; 2 Melanie Evans; 3 Hannah Baker.

1st vet: Tracy Lark.

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