HIGHLY rated surfing student Gwen Spurlock had to settle for bronze at this year’s BUCS Barefoot Wine Surf Championship.
Spurlock went into the championships as “many peoples favourite to win” having won the Newquay event back in 2010.
A logistical error in 2011 meant that no one from Swansea University was able to compete, with Falmouth based Holly Donnelly picking up the women’s title.
Spurlock and Donnelly have built up a rivalry over the years ever since the Swansea surfer beat her to the title back in 2010.
Donnelly went into this year’s competition with the edge over her Swansea-based rival, as she is local to the area in which the competition takes place.
With Spurlock’s return, Donnelly managed to produce the display needed to retain her title, with Plymouth’s Sophie Hellyer coming second.
Club captain Joe Storer-Martin was keen to emphasise the efforts of the club at Newquay, with Swansea’s men’s team finishing third in the team event.
“All the Swansea male competitors who went to Newquay made it through at least one heat,” said Storer-Martin.
Matt Renshaw was the stand out performer from our men’s team having made it through to the semi-finals of the individual competition.
The BUCS surf championships began in 2004, and until now, it has been the only competition for university surfers to compete against one another.
Storer-Martin revealed to us that a new university surf league had been established.
He said: “An inter-university surf league has been established with the first event taking place just down the road at Porthcawl.
“It is exciting news for everyone involved; many in the surfing society chose to attend Swansea University due to its closeness to the sea.
“It is a great place to surf, and these new events will allow us to do so competitively.”
The surfing society have had great support so far this year from non-competitors going to cheer on the club.
With only a short distance to travel to watch them next month at Porthcawl, they are hoping for their biggest crowd yet.