The Headworx English Surf Team, which will compete at the 2006 European Junior Championships in Galicia, NW Spain on the 10th-20th November has been announced. The English Surfing Federation selected the 14 representatives across a range of levels including shortboard, longboard and bodyboarding.
The talented team will compete against the strong Portuguese, Spanish and French surfers at the classic beach break of Ferrol. The location has consistent peaking waves, holding anything from 2ft – 6ft wave heights.
The team’s biggest hopes lie within the Under 18 division, with current English Junior Champion Reubyn Ash and current British Champion Tom Butler leading the charge. Ash won the Under 16 category last year, and is hot favourite to take the title.
The female contingent will be lead by Croyde local, Kathleen Spears, in the Under 18 girls, along with Holly Donnelly. Not content with just one division, current English Ladies Champion, Spears, will also represent England in the Under 18 Bodyboard for Girls.
Young grommet, Luis Eyre, is looking to impress in the Under 14 division. Born in Portugal, Luis holds a British passport through his mother. Toby Donachie from North Cornwall will also join him in the youngest division.
In the U18 longboarding field, current British and English Junior Champion, Adam Griffiths, will line up as a leading contender. Having finished second in the Under 16 division in 2004, Newquay local, Griffiths, will be looking to go one better.
ESF Head Coach, Tony Good, commented: “This year’s team is looking very strong. Having taken third place in last year’s event, we are hoping to make top three again or even better. In addition, some of the young guns have huge potential to do well and take home individual titles.”
Headworx, the exclusive clothing sponsors to the English Surf Team is supplying the team with full team clothing kit. The surf lifestyle label is also providing financial support from a unique scheme of royalties generated from sales of the ESF’s official England Surf clothing range.
Designed and distributed by Headworx, the official team kit and casualwear collection is available to buy at Freespirit stores, local surf retailers and on the official England Surf Team website (www.englandsurf.com). For every item sold a contribution is made to funding the ESF and to facilitating the competitive activities of the Headworx England Surf Team.
The Headworx English Surf Team:
Under 18 Boys
Tom Butler, 18, Newquay
Reubyn Ash, 17, Bude
Under 18 Girls
Holly Donnelly, 15, Newquay
Kathleen Spears, 15, Croyde
Karma Worthington, 15, Croyde
Under 16 Boys
Stuart Campbell, 15, Woolacombe
Jack Butler, 15, Newquay
Joe Hone, 16, Devon
Alex Wake, 16, Helston
Under 14 Boys
Luis Eyre, 13, Portugal (UK Parent)
Toby Donachie, 14, North Cornwall
Under 18 Bodyboard Boys
Tom Good, 12, Newquay
Alex Baker, 14, Croyde
Under 18 Bodyboard Girls
Kathleen Spears, 15, Croyde
Under 18 Longboard
Adam Griffiths, 18, Newquay
Paul Jeffery – ESF National Director & Team Manager
Tony Good – ESF Head Coach
Mark Parry – ESF Assistant Team Coach