Woolcombe surfer Lucy Campbell retained her title at the English National Surf Championships over the weekend.

Woolacombe's Lucy Campbell takes on a decent wave while previously surfing overseas. Picture: Alfredo BarqueroWoolacombe's Lucy Campbell takes on a decent wave while previously surfing overseas. Picture: Alfredo Barquero

The elite of English surfing descended upon the expansive sands of Watergate Bay in Cornwall over the bank holiday, with 170+ entries across 19 divisions, from shortboard to longboard.

Korev Team rider Lucy retained her English Women’s title and Newquay’s Luke Dillon gave reigning champion Reubyn Ash a real run for his money in the fog-bound waves.

Competition was fierce throughout day one and day two as twin peaks ran simultaneously to give the surfers their 20 minutes to shine amongst the fog, with half of each heat progressing and half exiting.

Finals day was just like any good swell, it built and delivered, as each division took to the water and put their skills to work, navigating the sea, exploring the line up and laying down their best manoeuvres in the three to four foot high tide.

Then before long the premiere women’s division open surfers took to the water and Lucy Campbell fought off her competitors to retain her title.

Picking up the Women’s Open trophy for the second year running, she said: “It’s a real thrill to win this title again.

“While we travel year-round now to compete in some of the most amazing waters, it’s still an incredible feeling to come back to the UK and go up against people you know and who you’ve grown up with in competition. It’s a special feeling.”

Surfing England would like to thank all who came, all who surfed, the staff and officials, the sponsors and the supporters, for being a part of a joyous event to remember.