Day 1 saw competitors welcomed by a building swell accompanied by onshore winds, but come Sunday morning the wind had swung, the swell had built and even the sun had his hat on. All the elements coming together to set the scene for the competitors to show the best of what they could do.
Marching through the heats in style Jayce Robinson set the early pace in the Open, with Sam Lamiroy, Title Holder Stu Campbell and local boy Alan Stokes all pushing hard. In the Women's division Evie Johnston was making a charge, alongside Welsh Challengers Beth Mason and Gwen Spurlock, with Tassy Swallow beating the English Drum. Junior divisions were equally hotly contested with 2012 standout Jobe Harriss pitched into Battle once again with close friend and rival Luke Dillon.
Throughout the weekend the youngsters were treated to shows of brilliance from some their homegrown idols whilst also showing the old boys a trick or two as North Devon's Will Bailey set the standard and capped an impressive year taking the Under 14's title. Irish dark-horse Geroid McDaid blitzed through the U16s and U18s, making both finals and taking the U16s title, whilst Keisha Ayre showed what adding some international experience can do for your surfing, taking the wins in both 16s girls and women's divisions.
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