Sunday, June 08, 2008
Perranporth Rebel Angels Delight
News in from our Ladies Surfboat Captain who penned this report for the sports section in our local paper...
Perranporth’s Rebel Angels put in a heavenly performance at the opening round of the United Kingdom Surf Rowers League (UKSRL) Summer Series held at Porthcawl in South Wales on 31 May. Perranporth’s Fallen Angels, despite half of the crew rowing their first race, managed to pick up some valuable points too.
The small surf conditions – waves in the 1-2ft range – put a premium on rowing technique and fitness. Two wins in the opening three rounds and a bonus point for coming home first in the final heat contested by the top six crews showed a rigorous training programme for the Angels over the winter had paid off.
“It’s promising but there’s a long way to go,” cautioned Shelley Holland the Ladies boat captain. “Bude deservedly won the European title last year and they pushed us hard. We had a tough battle against Portreath as well. This season is not going to be easy!”
In the Men’s event, last year’s UK and European champions - Porthtowan Blue Bali - continued their recent dominant form, winning all four of their races. The minor places were much more hotly contested, the final heat treating spectators to five boats all surfing to shore on the same wave.
The next event is at Saunton Sands on 21 June but there's a full listing of events at the UKSRL website.
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