For 2015 t he Summer Series is to be a six event competition for Mens and Womens crews
scheduled over three weekends in the summer months. Crews compete in three "round robin" races per event
Crews please note: the Summer Series pointscore system has been reviewed to keep the pointscore relevant for all 6 rounds - Please read this document to familiarise yourselves with the new UKSRL Summer Series - "League Points" score system.
Please see the Summer Series 2015 dates and venues below
The winning Men and Women crews are those with the highest scoring "league points" at the end of the five Round Series.
There will also be a Sub100 crew league pointscore for crews whose total age adds up to 100 years or less (Sweep not included). Nick Healey (stroke Porthtowan Blue Bali) has kindly offered to provide the Trophies for the Sub100 winning Means and Womens crews.
Both venues had flat sea, thanks goes to Tenby SLSC for providing safety cover at both Tenby and Porthcawl.
Round 3 Watergate Bay produced a good sized surf which caused the RNLI Jet ski drivers some headaches trying to lay the bouy line. Suffice to say the line ended up in a tangled mess which could not be untangled in the time frame available. Steve Instance of the St Agnes Bolsters crew came up with the inspired suggestion that the surfboat crews should do an "expression session" for the sponsors, spectators and the patient crews. This produced some of the best UK surfboats action photographs in recent years. To see the images go to Andrew Cox Facebook page or click on the Facebook icon at the bottom of this page to take you to the U.K. Surf Rowers League page
Round 4 at Carbis Bay, produced flat conditions with a dumping wave on the high tide bank which kept the starts honest. In contrast to the previous day at Watergate Bay, the event at Carbis Bay allowed a number of new and novice surfboat crews to get a taste and feel for surfboat competition. New crews to the Series included a Mens and Womens crew from Exmouth Rowing Club, a Portreath Ladies crew and a sub 100years The Perranporth Minions crew which included three 16year old girls swept by Anita Fleet.
In the Novice Sweeps event two races needed to be conducted with seven new sweeps having a go with the big stick at the stern, It's tight on the novice sweep leader board with Ian Knowles from St Agnes just one point ahead of Ross Fraser from Llantwit Major.
Westerly wind producing 4 - 5ft waves with a very short period. The mens crew negotiated the long surf break counting on average just 3 strokes between each wave, this left no room for error. If the boat went sideways on the way out there would be no time to readjust. Returning back to shore also presented the Sweeps with some challenges in the turbulent conditions. After the first two mens heats were conducted a sweeps meeting was called and it was agreed that the women crews (some with new and novice rowers) should sit this Round out. The mens crews continued to race two more heats in the testing conditions, whereupon it was decided to conduct mens heats 5 and 6 on the following day prior to the start of Round 6.
Permissions for Round 6 at Westward Ho were delayed and therefore it was previously agreed to conduct Round 6 at Saunton Sands. What a difference a day makes!
The crews were greeted with 2ft offshore conditions. All Mens and Womens races were conducted except for the Golden point finals. Congratulations to Porthtowan Blue Bali and The Porthtowan Blue Belles for securing first position overall in the 2015 Summer Series. Congratulations to Ross Fraser - Llantwit Major for winning the Novice Sweep competition.
Thank you to the event safety cover provided by the local Surf Life Saving Clubs and the RNLI and to all the crews that have taken part in the 2015 surfboat events. We hope all the new faces we have seen return in 2016.
|UKSRL Summer Series 2015|
|Saturday 13th June||Rd 1 Tenby, W Wales||Event info|
|Sunday 14th June||Rd 2 Porthcawl, Wales||Event info|
|Saturday 11th July||Rd 3 Watergate Bay, Cornwall||Event info|
|Sunday 12th July||Rd 4 Carbis Bay, St Ives, Cornwall||Event info|
|Saturday 12th September||Rd 5 Devon Westward Ho !||Event info|
|Sunday 13th September||Rd 6 Devon TBC||Event info|
Summary of Summerr Series 2014
One of the best days for Surfboat racing at Perranporth with a clean small surf which gave enough to upset a few crews and alter some of the final placings. 7 Mens crews and 7 Womens crews including a crew from Exmouth RC having their first taste of Surfboat rowing.
Thank you to all those who have helped over the duration of the Summer Series and in particular the line judges who have had to make some close calls in the sprints to the finish flags.
By the end of the Summer Series, 12 Novice Sweeps had a go at steering a Surfboat, Josh Edwards from Llantwit Major took the title for 2014 and the Novice Sweep trophy will be presented to him at the UK Open Surfboat Championships on 23rd August at Fistral Beach , Newquay
Good clean surf and warm conditions for round 5 of the Aussie Corner Deli Summer Series. 8 mens crews and 8 womens crews attended the event. Thank you to The Watergate Hotel for their support for this event.
Flat conditions in warm sunshine at Putsborough lead to some very close racing for the line honours.
Conditions at Westward Ho were excellent with a clean 3ft swell giving crews the opportunity to crack a wave after the turn and ride it all the way to the beach. This also lead to some very close finishes with several surfboats all on the same wave. The sprinters came to ther fore as they leapt from the boats to sprint to their respective finish flags.
Conditions.................flat, flat, flat - wet, wet, wet
Summary of the Summer Series 2013
We have to praise Dan Berriman for formulating in 2012 a league pointscore system that makes crews row to the very end of the final Summer Series events. In 2012 the winner of the Womens Summer Series was decided in the final race upon a 0.1sec touch of the flag between the Porthtowan Black & Blues and the Perranporth Sirens.
In 2013 the winner of the Mens Summer Series has had to be decided by a row off .......
What a season and what a finale!! First the women's, massive congratulations to the Perranporth Sirens, they dominated all year to become one of the strongest female crews to win the title. In the league overall in second place were the Porthtowan Blue Belles followed by the Croyde Cougars. All women's crews have raced hard this year and the standard just keeps getting better and better.
Now to the Men........
After all the racing over the summer series it came down to the final days racing with both the top men's crews Porthtowan IONS and the Perranporth Tridents going into the day with equal points. The event referee had decided that if we finished the heats and golden point final on equal points they would have a row off. The heats finished on equal points and Blue Bali won the golden point which I think it's fair to say everyone was hoping for.
So here began the row off, both crews lined up, the whistle went, 5 strokes taken and a massive clash of oars followed by a bow collision between the two boats = a need to restart!!
Spike put two people as boat markers for the boats to line up on and at this point Gary Walters - Sweep of the IONS became a little "excited". Spike very effectively dealt with it and then they were off! On the way in no one knew until the boats hit the beach who was going to win.... After video evidence was watched and analysed this years Summer Series went to the Perranporth Tridents crew. Second place went to the Porthtowan ION Boys (European bronze medallists) and in third place Blue Bali (European Gold medallists). Again in the mens Series everyone has rowed hard and the standard just keeps rising, long may it continue.
Anna Shekdhar won the Novice Sweep trophy, only the second women to do so after Anita Fleet. We need more to learn the Sweep skills.
Huge thanks to all the crews that rowed this year and to Neil Chambers at Aussie Corner Deli for your support. We will see you in 2014 which will include a World Surfboat Championship and the Ocean Thunder Europe event, both in France in September 2014
Autumn has arrived with cooler air temperatures and a cooling sea. Crews had to wait for the tide to drop clear of the slipway to Westward Ho beach before boats and equipment could be put in place. This lead to a delay in the posted start time of 4pm. Surf was a mushy wind blown 3ft with a close period, leading to a bouncy row to the turning bouys. The advantage came at the turn with crews chasing the runners back to the beach.
The winners of Mens Series is deadlocked between the current European Surfboat Bronze medallists The Porthtowan IONS and The Perranporth Tridents The final Series winners to be decided in Bournemouth and Round 5 The Final on the 28th September.
Barring a catastrophe the Womens Summer Series is just about decided with the Perranporth Sirens winning all three heats and the golden point final at Westward Ho. Porthtowan has dominated the Womens Series for the last two seasons and are sure to come back strong at Bournemouth to finish the season on a high. The Croyde Cougars lie in third place overall and have been reliable and consistent throughout the season.
Flat, flat, flat, everywhere......With the UK currently covered in the Azores high pressure system, air and sea temperatures resembled the mediteranean. Basking in temperatures of 28degrees the main concern was to keep hydrated. With no swell whatsoever, racing was always going to be very close. The league welcomed a visiting crew from Vesta RC competing under the title of The Vesta Vikings. Four big rowers with a Kiwi surfboat rower in the bow seat. They won their first heat and so were immediately marked out as a crew to watch. The Newport Vets from W Wales also made the long journey to Portreath but found the race pace to hot handle. In the womens category the Perranporth Sirens (for once) managed a win in all heats and the golden point final. The Perranporth Mermaids finishing in 2nd overall. The Porthtowan Blue Belles were on the pace and will be out to overturn the results at the Open UK Surfboat Championships - Fistral Beach on the 20th July.
Porthtowan hosted crews to a well earned BBQ in the evening with Khalil Isaac banging out some hip hop on the DJ decks......
All goes quiet in the Summer Series until Westward Ho on 14th September
Crews were greeted at Putsborough beach with a 3 - 4ft rolling wave perfect for Surfboat competition. Despite the surf prediction of a massive 12ft on the more exposed beaches, the shelter of Putsborough beach came to the fore. The UKSRL / Aussie Corner Deli Round 2 was also joined from by the Posca Grom Search surfing event and the first European Oceanman event, transferred from a blownout Croyde beach. This presented the spectators watching from the beach car park with a variety of surf skills on show.
Surfboat racing started at 11am following a group photograph with the Aussie Corner Deli event sponsors. As usual the women were sent out first to test the conditions!
Racing was very even with all crews taking on water at some point as they rowed to their turning bouys. The long even swells favoured no one as crews rowed hard to try and gain advantage. The Amsterdam Mongrols from Holland won the Mens event and won the Golden point final. The Womens final was a neck and neck duel between the The Girls on Tour and the Perranporth Sirens both crews finishing on equal league points.
A huge thank you to the Croyde Cougars and Kangaroos crews and their Sweep Chris Lane for organising the event and for master minding the convoy of surfboats down the narrow country lanes leading to Putsborough. The post event party took place at The Red Barn, Woolacombe which still has the bow of Gladys Belle surfboat on the wall.
Flat conditions and sunshine greeted the crews at Round 1 of the Oil 4 Wales Whitesands Bay event. Three visiting crews from the Celtic Longboat clubs boosted numbers. Wisemen Bridge from Tenby provided a Mens and Womens crew. The Newport Vets returned with their Sweep Gary Crane who is picking up the skills with the big stick at the stern of the boat.
A change of crews and a change of faces made the racing close with Porthtowan, Llantwit Major and Perranporth each winning a round robin race. The Porthtowan IONS are also a Sub 100 crew, a new category introduced to encourage U25 rowers or a crew who's total age does not add up to more than 100 years.
In the women the racing was also very close between the Porthtowan Blue Belles and a new look Perranporth Sirens. Croyde Cougars also returned this year with some new rowers.
Congratulations to the Celtic longboat rowers for having a go at surfboat racing. The Newport Vets have built upon their experience of last year and are planning to attend at least 4 Rounds of the Summer Series.
Footnote !........Rumour has it the Amsterdam Mongrols are attending Round 2 at Putsborough
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