Truro School students shine at National Surfing Championships

Truro School’s surfing academy grows from strength to strength with another string of trophies at the National Surfing Championships.

Over the bank holiday weekend Truro School pupils Lloyd Stein, Beth Leighfield, Joe Ellery and Tegan Blackford took on the countries’ best at the English Nationals of surfing.

They were met by small, but building conditions on the first day, but all progressed in the highly competitive knock-out competition, and all of the students made it to the last eight of each of their respective categories.

Unfortunately, 2nd Year Joe Ellery suffered and injury in his semi-final of the Under 14 boys’ shortboard and took 7th place in the contest. 5th Year Lloyd Stein narrowly missed out on the finals of the Under 16 boys’ shortboard and the Men’s Open Longboard against 11x European Champion Ben Skinner, by 1 point, leaving him with a pair of 5ths.

By finals day, three-quarters of the Truro team were still in the competition.

Sixth Former Beth Leighfield and 1st Year Tegan Blackford took 1st and 4th respectively in the Under 18 girls’ longboard. Beth also placing 3rd in the Women’s Open Longboard, and Tegan taking the Under 12 girls’ event.

Unfortunately disaster struck for Lloyd in the final of the Under 18 boys’ longboard, with his leash snapping after first wave. He persisted and still finished 2nd in the event.

The students passed on their thanks to Mr Meads and Mr Lamiroy who continue to train them in the ‘Truro School Surf Academy’ on Wednesday afternoons.