IT was a storming weekend for North Devon surfers at the English National Surf Competition, which was held at Watergate Bay. Croyde surfer Kathleen Spears and Ben Haworth of Landkey both came home as national champions. Kathleen took first place in th
IT was a storming weekend for North Devon surfers at the English National Surf Competition, which was held at Watergate Bay. Croyde surfer Kathleen Spears and Ben Haworth of Landkey both came home as national champions.Kathleen took first place in the under-18 girls category and has earned the right to represent England in the European Junior Surfing Championships, which will be held in Morocco in November.Kath said: " It was amazing to win the English. At the beginning of the year it was one of my main aims and I'm stoked to have achieved it. The competition was really well run and the waves were pretty average, so it was a bit of a test!"Eighteen-year-old Ben won the English National Longboard title.He was the youngest in the final and beat seasoned and well-known competitors to take the crown. This success comes shortly after Ben returned from three months winter training in Australia, where he won the prestigious Men's Amateur title at the Noosa Festival of Surfing, beating five Australians in the final.With 23 divisions and close to 300 entrants, the Headworx English Nationals is one of the biggest surfing competitions in Europe. * * *THERE were some impressive wins for the North Devon Groms in the English leg of the Rip Curl Grom search series at Perranporth, Cornwall.Lucy Campbell continued her run of good results winning the under 14 girls.Lucy faced strong opposition in the final from fellow North Devon groms Harriet Knight who put in a solid performance to finish second and Laura Crane who had to surf in difficult weather conditions to take third. Maisie Lawton emphasised the growing dominance of North Devon's under 14 girls to finish fifth. Woolacombe's Will Bailey, 9, grew in confidence as he battled his way through the under 12 boys heats to take the honours in the final.In the under 12 girls, Croyde's Flora Lawton swept the board to take her first national title beating the former champion on her way to the final.Chumleigh's Peony Knight finished second. Jack Hough also ended the competition well finishing second in the under 14 boys. * * *THIRTEEN-year-old Alex Maddocks won the Hotdoggers Underdogs longboard competition at Saunton, leaving both his father Guy and older brother Oscar in his wake.Alex won each round on the way to his win, finishing just half-a-point ahead of brother Oscar,17.This was only Alex's second competition of the year and Oscar's first.Third place went to Richard Undsworth and fourth to Steve Hart.The boys are looking for sponsors to help them out. Anyone interested can contact Guy Maddocks on (01363) 85050.