On Friday 18 September the Truro School surf team participated in the qualification round of the Cornwall Games surfing competition. Held at Godrevy Beach, the team consisted of Joe E, Tom L, Harry C, Ben N, Lloyd S, Jay S and Max H. We travelled down to Godrevy beach with time to spare to meet up with our guru and coach Sam Lamiroy for a surf check. The conditions weren’t epic by any means but there was some good size and power in the waves to test the best and allow them to show their radical manoeuvres.
The competition had several different levels with over a hundred participants and eight schools being invited. Truro School had entered our competitors into the junior and senior boys events which each had around 30 participants involved. During the competition I have come to the realisation that surfing events are very cut throat in nature with participants being dropped at every stage. There are no second chances so you need to make the most of every wave the comes.
For many of our team this was the first competition that they have entered and learning the rules and organisation of the event is a challenge it itself; with paddle out times, red and green timing boards and horns going off all in the mealy of 100 long haired tanned surfers buzzing around the beach. Before even paddling out all the participants needed to ensure that they had the correct coloured rash guards and were at the correct peak for the correct heat.
The Preliminary Rounds
The first round went really well for the Truro School team with six out of seven qualifying first in their heats with Jay not quite making the cut even though he had some good waves during his 15 minute heat. Joe had a particularly good round, listening to Sam Lamiroy’s instructions he picked off long lefts pealing into the river and made some nice turns along the way. Having recently joined Truro School, Joe is surfing in his first competition and is one young man to keep an eye out for in the future. The second round went almost as well as the first for the team with everyone qualifying either first or second and earning their place in the Semi-finals.
The Final Heat
As Mr.Lamiroy had told the team during our Wednesday afternoon training, this event was about earning their place in the Cornwall School Games to be held in the summer (date tbc). Only the top six in each class would be invited to the next round so the semi-finals were the real challenge. The tide at this point had retreated far out and it was a long walk down to the waters edge. The waves were still coming through but the conditions were challenging as surfers had to wait and pick the right wave which allowed them to ride along the wall before it closed out in white water.
Both finals had some talented young surfers competing and there were several in each level that could have eventually walked away with the title. In the Junior boys, Max almost missed the paddle out having misplaced his board after the last round. He made up for this however by ripping it up and probably caught twice as many waves as the other competetors. He paddled onto some beautiful pealing left handlers including a couple of tight controlled turns in the process. In the category above, Lloyd bided his time out back and hadn’t caught a wave before the timing board had turned indicating the final was halfway through. Lloyd left it late but eventually picked a few set waves, making several turns and smacking the lip along the way. It was a tight call for both categories but Max and Lloyd were both presented the winning medals in the junior and senior boys competitions respectively. A special mention is also deserved for Harry who excelled in the day’s last heat and ranked high enough to qualify for next year’s final.
It was a fantastic day of surfing and all the competitors can be very proud of their achievements. Every wave they surf and every turn they make will be developing and honing their skills. With the benefit of Sam Lamiroy’s coaching and our association with Ticket to ride surf school I am confident that Truro School surf team can go from crest to crest and ride the wave of success into the Cornwall School Games next summer.
— Lamiroy Surf Academy (@LamiroySurf) September 21, 2015
Written by: Mike Cucknell – Outdoor Pursuits Coordinator