Battle of the ‘Gate’ – BSUPA National SUP Surf Champs review

BSUPA’s National SUP Champs hit the golden sandy beaches of Watergate Bay, Cornwall, a few weekends ago with Battle Royales across all categories. With solid swell, onshore wind and testing conditions Saturday proved difficult for all paddlers. Teeth were gritted, however, and everyone stepped up their game to put on a display in less than ideal surf. Sunday dawned with better/cleaner waves and all SUPer stars were frothing to show their skills.

Watergate Bay

The groms, women and men ripped the head high waves apart with comments from the beach acknowledging just how much the level had increased from last year. Matt Barker-Smith retained his crown for a second win in a row with an awesome display of power surfing. Holly Bassett shone through for the ladies while young gun Ollie Laddiman nailed it for the juniors. Charlie Grey and Simon Tregonong also delivered the goods in their respective categories.

Thanks to Extreme Academy Watergate Bay for there continued support in hosting these Championships. Big props to Richard Marsh and his BSUPA crew who delivered a top notch event – more of the same next year!

Watergate Bay


2014 Watergate Bay Watermen: Men Barker-Smith
2014 Watergate Bay Waterwomen: Holly Bassett

JNR Under 16 Boys
1st Ollie Laddiman
2nd Louie Harrow
3rd Ben Pye

Open Women
1st Holly Bassett
2nd Tina Beresford
3th Mi Richardson
4th Lizzie Bird

Open Men
1st Matt Barker-Smith
2nd Glyn Overs
3rd Aaran Rowe
4th Alex Murray

Mens Senior
1st Charlie Grey
2nd Luke Bolsin
3rd Sean Smith

Mens Masters
1st Matt Barker-Smith
2nd Glyn Ovens
3rd Alex Murray

Mens Grand Masters
1st Simon Tregoning
2nd Time Rowe
3rd Peter Edkins

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