The BUCS surf competition 2016 from Fistral Beach, Newquay.
With an incredibly high standard from start to finish, it will definitely be one for the memory bank. After a packed out schedule and a couple of long days 88 women and 252 men were whittled down to the final four to compete it out for that all important top place.
The three-day competition bought a mixed bag in both wave and weather quality. Friday saw a small to flat day, the surf Gods changed their minds for Saturday and brought some tasty 3-5ft offshore goodness, while Sunday was slightly smaller but graced the comp with the full range of the weather spectrum.
Bristol University Student Flora Lawton proved herself as not only a highly talented but knowledgeable and experienced surfer. Tackling the surf successfully and was crowned champion in the women’s final. Milly Zoeftig from Plymouth University took second and Cardiff MET’s Verity Wyatt-Bud grabbed third place. Falmouth and Exeter Student’s Union (FXU) once again dominated the top spot in the men’s, with three out of the four competitors making the final being from FXU.
In the men’s camp things were tight, FXU Joseph Prow grabbed first place, with fellow teammate Matthew Chapman clinching second after only a wave count back could separate the pair. Swansea representative Rhys Poulton sadly couldn’t improve on last year’s result and finished third.