1/2nd April 2017 COAST TO COAST LOWLAND LONGBOARD Belhaven. Due to lack of waves this event did not run. The first time in 6 years.
Eurojunior Surf 2016 3rd–11th December Agadir Morocco. Coast to Coast has a big input into Scotland’s most successful team at junior or senior level in these championships coming 9th of 16th teams. Three juniors Oisin Strachan u18 bodyboard, Clover Christopherson U18 girls surfing, U18 girls bodyboarding, U14 mixed surfing and U16 mixed bodyboarding and Mickey Wimbledon U16 Bodyboard where from our junior development team. All three made rounds in the competition with Mickey doing the best of our kids competitively making four rounds aged just 12yrs at U16 level. And Clover got the highest result 9th in the female bodyboarding aged 14 in an U18 age band. Lots of potential!
There where also great results by other Scottish Juniors, Andrew Robertson, Finn McDonald, Ben Larg and Iona McClachlan. Team Coach was Sam Christopherson (Coast to Coast Senior Instructor) and Marty Larg (Team Manager)
Oct Big Blue Fundraiser – free pizzas to raise money from the Big Blue alongside cake sales and barbeque raised £1200 for the three Dunbar juniors going to Morroco . Amazing effort and a massive thank you!
The Ocean Film Festival 10th Sep went down a treat on Wednesday night with some great films and a big thank you by our surf groms who raised money for the scottish juniors heading to Morrocco for the European champs in December – £243 raised thank you everyone!
Gathering of the Clans 27th-30th August Hosts Tiree Surf club. The annual Scottish surf club competition inviting teams from around the country to compete in 5 divisions, Open Surf, Open Longboard, Ladies shortboard, Mens Seniors and Juniors.
Congratulations to Iona Turner 17yrs (one of our surf assistants and junior development team members) who got 2nd in the Open Ladies at Gathering of the Clans last week in Tiree and also to wee Elliot Young 12yrs who finished 4th in the juniors under 18 (also a development squad member). Also a big shout out to Jamie from the wave project who finished 3rd in the Open.
Coast to Coast Surf Sprints 25th/26th June 2016 Belhaven .
We hosted a fantastic Paddle event at Belhaven!
Official Results from COAST TO COAST SURF SPRINTS 4km SUP TECHNICAL PADDLE (sponsored by LOCO).
1 Neil Craig Berwick 28.43
2 Andrew Brimelaw North Berwick 30.49
3 Adam Gairns Edinburgh 30.51
4 Josh Christopherson Dunbar 32.17
5 Craig McDougall North Berwick 34.58
6 James Buchanan Co’ Path 36.11
7 Will Kirkham Co’ Path 37.36
8 David Kittrick Dunbar 38.12
9 Tom Wakeford Nairn 39.15
Neil Craig and Andrew Brimelaw qualify for the two SUP Technical Scottish Team spaces in Fiji in the worlds (in Nov).
Photos from mikeguest.co.uk. If any riders would like a photo – it can be arranged with a donation to the fundraiser to the Scottish Junior Surf Team.
Official Results from the COAST TO COAST SURF SPRINTS 6 Person Team event.
1. Adam & Co
2. Team 2
3. Swim B
200m RUN SWIM RUN wee Sam 13yrs
200m SURF PADDLE Mikey Wimbledon 12yrs
200m SUP PADDLE Clover Christopherson 13yrs
TEAM RELAY Adam & Co
TEAM SUP XL Adam & Co
Great fun afternoon event, with lots of funds raised for the Scottish Juniors. Massive thank you to Mike Guest for the photos and Frazer Reid for the Trophy Shield. Also to Jamie Marshall for judging and time keeping and everyone on the day for helping make it such a fun event!
Coast to Coast Lowland Longboard Surf Comp 2016
Coast to Coast hosted Scotland’s biggest ever longboard competition on the 23rd/24th April at Belhaven beach, Dunbar. Thanks to our sponsors STAUNCH and ALDER.
89 competitors going head to head with flow, tricks and good vibes and a variety of surf craft! From mini groms as young as 11yrs to lade back masters in their early 50s. Surf was consistently head to overhead and the sun came out on finals day!
The Grom events where really well attended with kids from all over Scotland and Northern England !
In the short board junior surfing we had Under 14 and Under 18 divisions that where really competitive, the U14’s saw a big entry with the local surfers from Dunbar doing well with 4 of the 5 finalists. Elliot and Michael both still at primary school, surfed really well to make the final but just didn’t get the waves. Malcolm Todd, the most improved youngster in the last few months really surfed well getting a couple of bombs (one just after the buzzer) to get third. That left Scottish team juniors Clover Christopherson from Dunbar and Tiree’s Ben Larg go head to head, both surfers caught great waves with Ben’s great style and turn combinations getting the nod. In the Under 18 division, this was dominated by surfers from the north coast and Fife, with Connor Wilson catching some great waves and showing why hes one of the most talented juniors in Scotland just now . Jacob Portchmouth surfed excellently to get 2nd and Malcolm Todd, Iona Turner and Ben Larg all surfed well in tricky conditions to make the places.
In the junior U18 longboard division, stand outs in the semi finals where Robbie McNicol (thurso) and Connor, Jacob and Iona Turner (Edinburgh) combined flow and turns to score high to qualify! Iona showed a little inexperience and couldn’t quite find the rhythm in the final (4th), Connor surfed well but couldn’t find the form of his short boarding to take 3rd. Jacob really stepped up his game to finish 2nd with Robbie McNicol from Thurso dominating the final and will take the Scottish Junior Longboard position at the European Championships in Morrocco and The Coast to Coast Junior Longboard title!
In the Junior bodyboarding we had a tremendously exciting contest with the biggest entry! Stand outs in the early rounds where Mickey Wimbledon with his trade mark superman position and Oisin Strachan showing a great eye for the bigger waves. The final was an all East Lothian affair with young Flynn from North Berwick bodyboarding super well in his first competition, taking on big waves and almost completing some 360’s, Clover (Dunbar) caught the wave of the final but couldn’t back it up with a second wave! Mickey (Dunbar) brought in the superman style to fly into second. And Oisin (Dunbar) Strachan caught a couple of great waves to take the title. Oisin qualifies for the U18 Scottish team Bodyboard Position, with Mickey and Clover gaining the U16 positions. Congrats to all the kids for some great surfing!!
In the Mens Stand Up Paddle Surfing we had a super open field with a dozen SUPers travelling from as far north as Thurso and as far south as North Yorkshire. The event was super competitive from the start with some high scoring waves and critical drops and turns on show for the cheering crowd! In the early heats we should mention a special shout out for local Andrew Brimlow who surfed really well only to get knocked out narrowly by the eventual top two SUPers in the event. In the semi finals we saw some great surfing from all six SUPers with Nick Graham (Saltburn) and Simon Dunton (Yorkshire) going head to head with Scottish lads Neil Craig (Borders) and Martin Downing (Aberdeen) – all making the final! Joe Thwaites and Chris Clarke surfing well but just not quite good enough to make it all the way. In the Final all four Paddlers headed out in great conditions and it went to the wire with the lead changing hands multiple times. In the end Scottish surfers Martin 4th and Neil 2nd missed the win but happily accepted the concellation prize of a place in the Scottish team to head to Fiji for the world champs later this year. Simon surfed really well for third but Nick Graham just did enough to retain his title again from last year – although the others are definitely getting closer!
In the ladies SUP there was impressive SUPing with Nicki Graham from Saltburn winning and Pheobe Strachan coming second (taking the Scottish team place).
In the Open Bodyboarding, Phoebe Bodyboarded really well pushing the men all the way narrowly missing the final but taking the ladies title. The men where putting on a great display of high performance bodyboarding that was excellent to watch! With spin, rolls and flow being critical to success all the finalists had this and more. With almost the same bodyboard final line up as the recent national final in Thurso, two weeks earlier, we had almost an identical result with Rupert Williams bodyboarding superbly to finish 4th, Theo Mario put together a strong combo of rolls and spins for 3rd, but the two stand outs where the current Scottish bodyboard champion Tim Christopherson and brother Josh, who literally went toe to toe only to be seperated by a toe nail at the end. Tim repeating the misery for Josh and taking back to back titles!
In the ladies Longboard division we had some great surfing in the heats with both Dee Ripoll and Phoebe Strachan winning their semi finals and Yvonne Huddart (last years finalist) showing consistency again to make the final. Also surfing well was 16yr old Iona Turner one of the Coast to Coast Development squad making her first senior final! The ladies where greeted with overhead peeling surf for the final and a tricky rip. Iona showed her inexperience and got pulled right out of the surf zone, paddling for most of the final. Yvonne showed great composure but just couldn’t find the waves to finish 3rd. Which left a head to head with Pheobe and Dee (both having done well before in National ladies events). Phoebe caught a couple of cracking left breaking waves in the final, cross stepping early in critical sections but failed to complete the moves falling early on her rides. Dee showed more composure and rode her waves successfully with style all the way to beach to take the womens title and a great return to competitive surfing after a few difficult years due to injury.
In the mens longboard we had 29 enter, with surfers from Tiree to the west, Thurso to the north and Newcastle to the south! Seven 4 man heats kicked off in onshore head high surf, with some great surfing needed just to progress to the quarter finals, early stand outs included Chris Clarke, Jamie Marshall, Adam Baxter, Michael Kissaxk and the Christopherson brothers. Fourteen surfers made the quarter finals on the Sunday morning with challenging shore break making for a hit or miss, heat and some solid names went down, with Josh, Adam Gairns and Martin McQueenie (all surf instructors) getting knocked out at this stage in super competitive quarter finals. The semi finals saw such an impressive range of surfing with overhead peeling rights giving 75m rides and combo’s of racking turns, floaters and cross stepping by many of the surfers. Michael K and Sam picked the choice waves in the first semi, scoring 11.3 and 13 two wave totals leaping into the final. The second final was equally competitive with Adam Baxter and Chris Clarke getting the nod just, with less than half a point between 2nd and 4th. The Final saw the best conditions of the competition with current Scottish Longboard champion Sam Christopherson going head to head with Chris Clarke from Thurso (2nd in the Scottish Champs) and the fluent styles of Adam Baxter and Michael K. With over 200 spectators watching from the dunes, the lads put on a tremendous display of longboard style and ripping turns. All surfers had fantastic waves and the final was in the balance with all surfers showing flow and dynamism. In the end Adam Baxter scored 10.3 and 4th with some lovely turns, cross stepping and flow. Chris Clarke surfed super solid with some trademark gouging turns, scoring 11.4 to get 3rd , Michael K ripped his two waves apart, cross stepping and turning his way to a high final score of 13.5 which left Sam top of the pile again combining his twinkle toe cross stepping with lovely turns and flow all the way to the shore. Sam taking the longboard title with a score of 15 and the first surfer ever to hold both the Scottish National and Coast to Coast Lowland titles in the same year.
The event had a great vibe and this was down to all the surfers, spectators and high energy from MC Henry! Special thanks also to the RNLI, Christian Surfers and all the judges and organizers. Also thanks to Staunch, Alder and Coast to Coast for the prizes and East Lothian Council supporting the overall promotion as part of the John Muir Adventure Festival.
JUNIOR U18 SHORTBOARD
JUNIOR U14 SHORTBOARD
* QUALIFIES FOR SCOTTISH JUNIOR TEAM FOR EUROPEANS IN MORROCCO IN DEC 2016
** QUALIFIES FOR SCOTTISH SUP TEAM FOR WORLDS IN FIJI.
1. Mark Cameron
2. Chris Noble
3. Scott Main
4. Craig Sutherland
1. Iona McLachlan
2. Clover Christopherson
3. Tamsin McQueenie
1. Robbie McNicol
2. Finn MacDonald
3. Iona MacLachlan
4. Ben Larg
1. Ben Larg
2. Clover Christopherson
3. Elliot Young
4. Malcolm Todd
International team announcements to follow in due course.
SURFERS AGAINST SEWAGE DUNBAR BEACH CLEAN SUNDAY 8th NOV 11am 9 Bags of rubbish and a teddy found from east beach and the harbour. Thanks to all the volunteers who turned up (around 30 kids and adults). Part of a great UK effort by surfers Against Sewage volunteers where 170 beaches cleaned and 10 tonnes of rubbish removed that week!! Will outline future dates!
GATHERING OF CLANS COMP in Thurso Oct 24th/25th was an amazing success lead by the rise of the next generation. We had quite a few firsts for Scottish National competitions :
* the Junior division was the largest of all the divisions (the first time in this competitions history with quarter finals, semi finals and finals)
* We had two very young kids making the junior final (the youngest ever Ben Larg from Tiree/Moray (10yrs) 2nd and Clover Christopherson from Dunbar (13yrs) 4th)!
* Andrew Robertson won the Juniors and also won the Open Division aged 17yrs, the first under 18 ever to win either the Gatherings or National open division! An amazing achievement.
* The team competition was also won for the first time by a team outside Thurso or Fraserburgh.
The event was super friendly vibe with surfers battling out in all divisions in very quite tricky conditions. The competition came down to the wire with Thurso, Dunbar and Moray all capable of winning the full competition with the right result in the final of the open mens event. Moray eventually edging it by a whisker from Dunbar, worthy winners with a very balanced team of great surfers!
The vibe was super positive all weekend from all the competitors and with the development of the junior scene at the heart of this competition the Scottish Surfing scene has a very positive future.
Thanks to all the local surfers who helped the Scottish Surfing Federation run the event . We’d also like to thank the event sponsors Boardwise, Freeze Pro, Staunch, Coast to Coast and Farr Cabinet Makers for the really cool prizes and trophies. And also to joint organisers Coast to Coast and North Coast Surf Club and all the teams from all over Scotland for putting on a great comp. We’d also like to thank East Lothian Council, Dunbar Traders and Be Green Community Wind Power too for investing in the south east region for future competitions, events and youth development. Roll on 2016!!
Gathering of the Clans Results
Final Open Mens
1. Andrew Robertson Dunbar
2. Jack Isherwood Moray
3. Chris Clarke North Coast
4. Mark Boyd North Coast
Final Open Ladies
1. Shona McGuiness North Coast
2. Megan Mckay Moray
3. Diane Christopherson Dunbar
4= Phoebe Strachan Dunbar
4= Cat MacDonald Moray
1. Craig Sutherland Moray
2. Colin McGuiness North Coast
3. Sam Christopherson Dunbar
4. Ali Matheson Moray
5. Alex Random Rippers
1. Andrew Robertson Dunbar
2. Ben Larg Moray
3. Megan McKay Moray
4. Clover Christopherson Dunbar
1. Chris Clarke North Coast
2. Sam Christopherson Dunbar
3. Juvenal Dufaur North Coast
4. Jamie Marshall Dunbar
1. Moray 610
2. Dunbar 600
3. North Coast 525
4 Random Rippers 170
DUNBAR SURF SPRINTS Sun 14th June 2015 Belhaven Beach. Entries Coast to Coast. Was a great event over last weekend and thanks to the 30+ competitors that turned up to race in the sunny 2ft surf conditions.
WATERMAN RELAY TEAM won by a Dunbar collective.
SUP XL TEAM Fastest official team time by Dunbar collective, second Edinburgh Napier
LIFEGUARD INDIV (300m run/swim/run) individual race won by Kev (Dunbar).
SURF PADDLE LEGEND INDIV (200m surf paddle sprint) won by Neil (Berwick)
SUP SPRINT MASTER INDIV (200m SUP paddle sprint) won by Yvonne (Dunbar)
ULTIMATE WATERMAN (WOMEN) INDIV (100m Run/ 100m Swim/ 100m Surf paddle/ 100m SUP paddle). won by Adam (Edinburgh Napier).
All six events where handicap events with time advantages to 12&U, 14&U, 40yr+, 50yr+, female and beginners. Full results on our events and facebook pages.
SCOTTISH LOWLAND LONGBOARD 2nd-3rd May 2015 (Juniors (any board) and Adults Longboard and SUP divisions) Belhaven beach Was a super fun comp with a large turn out including 18 folk in the male longboard division. We where greeted with nice 2ft cross shore surf that stayed contestable all day!
1st Nick (Newcastle)
2nd Simon (Newcastle)
3rd Jo (Northumberland)
4th Steve (Gullane)
1. Elliott (Dunbar)
2. Michael (Glasgow)
3. Clover (Dunbar)
1. Phoebe (Edinburgh)
2. Anna (Edinburgh)
3. Sarah (Longniddry)
4. Yvonne (Dunbar)
1. Tim (Edinburgh)
2. Sam (Dunbar)
3. Josh (Dunbar)
4. Kev (Edinburgh)
Most Rad moves Kev and Annabel
Best Wipeouts Stefan and Clover
SCOTTISH COASTEERING TRAINING DAY 16th April Dunbar – Coast to Coast hosted Scotland’s top minds in coasteering to discuss best practice and latest safety. Attended by 7 Scottish coasteering operations, we where educated by environmental experts from the councils countryside management team on intertidal wildlife, before being briefed by Adventure licensing representatives over lunch in current best practice in coasteering. The afternoon was then spent with Dunbar Lifeboat team running through safety scenarios to improve response times and work collectively as a team on incident management. Thanks so much for the National Coasteering Charter, the RNLI local team, AALA rep Boab Telfer, Countryside ranger Tara Sykes and Steve at H2O Training for running such a good day.
SCOTTISH CHAMPS THURSO April 3rd-5th 2015.
1) Chris Noble (Thurso)
2) Scott Main (Thurso)
3) Mark Cameron (Fraserburgh)
4) Andrew Robertson (St Andrews)
22nd-30th OCT World Games Surfing Peru : Congratulations to Phoebe Strachan (C2C instructors) who was picked to represent the Scotland team at the world games! The team finished 16th out of 22 teams! Amazing for our small nation!
Gathering of the Clans ran in Aberdeen Oct. With Scotland’s team competition gaining enteries from Aberdeen, Fraserburgh and the North alongside our young team from Dunbar. We had good results with three of our surf instructors making finals, Max Hook 5th place in the Open division, Phoebe Strachan 3rd place in Ladies and Sam Christopherson winning the Longboarding. Diane King also in the Dunbar team came 4th and we had two juniors Michael Mooney and Clover Christopherson surfing really well in the under 18 division aged 11yrs and 12yrs both narrowly missing the finals. Our team overall came third only 5 points behind North and a little further behind a very strong team from the Broch.
1.Broch Surf Club 600pts
2.North Shore Surf Club 470pts
3.Dunbar Surf Club 465pts
4.Aberdeen A 440pts
5.Aberdeen 1 155pts
2Mark BoydBoydie (NSSC)
3.Chris Noble (NSSC)
1.Katie Watson (Broch)
3Phoebe Strachan (Dunbar)
1.Iain Masson (Broch)
2.Paul Dickson (Aberdeen A)
3.Donald Peace (NSSC)
1.Sam Christopherson (Dunbar)
2.Iain Masson (Broch)
3.Lester Cruickshank (Broch)
1.Ozvan Masseron (Aberdeen A)
2.Klervi (Aberdeen A)
3.Megan Mackay (NSSC)
SCOTTISH LOWLAND LONGBOARD CHAMPIONSHIP 2014
1 Rinaldo Kutterink (Peterhead)
2 Josh Christopherson (Dunbar)
3 Tim Christopherson (Edinburgh)
4 Sam Christopherson (Dunbar)
5 = Jamie Marshall (Dunbar)
5= Adam Rusbridge (Edinburgh)
6= Jamie Glencross (Edinburgh)
6= Angus MacDonald (Edinburgh)
7= Russell Henderson (Glasgow)
7= Jake Kennedy (Edinburgh)
7= Graham Ferris (Edinburgh)
7= Max Hook (North Berwick)
7= Ross Laird (Edinburgh)
1 Phoebe Strachan (Edinburgh)
2 Angie Fraser (Peterhead)
3 Diane King (Dunbar)
4 Sarah Morrison (Glasgow)
5 Anna BadenHorst (Edinburgh)
1 Phoebe Strachan (Edinburgh)
2 Oisin Strachan (Dunbar)
3 Jake Kennedy (Dunbar)
1 Clover Christopherson (Dunbar)
2 Cameron Thomson (Longniddry)
SCOTTISH NATIONALS THURSO 29/30th March 2014
1. Chris Noble (Thurso)
2. Mark Cameron (Fraserburgh)
3. Mark Boyd (Thurso)
4. Iain Masson (Fraserburgh)
1. Russell Cruishank (Fraserburgh)
2. Lester Cruishank (Fraserburgh)
3. Sam Christopherson (Dunbar)
1. Mark Boyd (Thurso)
2. Sam Christopherson (Dunbar)
3. Max Hook (North Berwick)
4. Iain Masson (Fraserburgh)
1. Shona Blackaddder (thurso)
2. Louise Sharp (Edinburgh)
3 Phoebe Strachan (Edinburgh)
4. Katie Watson (Fraserburgh)
1. Andrew Robertson (St Andrews)
2. David Finlayson (Aberdeen)
3. Phoebe Strachan (Edinburgh)
Nov 2012 East Lothian councillors voted car parking charges through for coastal car parks. This is likely to come into play 2014 with £2 per day price or £40 for a season ticket.
Nov 2012 Coast to Coast hosted a film night in Dunbar with over 100 surfers turning up to enjoy the 360 cinema experience at the Coastlife trial. We showed Through the Whiskey Barrel – a great film by Allyn Harper
Oct/Nov 2012 Unfortunately due to poor advanced surfing conditions on the east coast Gathering of the Clans and Granite Reef competitions did not run and have been delayed to 2013.
22nd Sep COAST TO COAST LOWLAND LONGBOARD COMPETITION
Coast to Coast Surf School hosted the Scottish Lowland Longboard competition on Saturday the 22nd Sep. We got a great turn out with 42 competitors covering the longboard and SUP events.
In the 10 and under we had a big increase on previous years and great so see so many talented mini surf riders, loads of switches, attempted head stands, grab turns etc – the final (photo) even got a round of applause by the spectators and judges due to the sheer energy and number of moves! In the 18 and under’s we also had a strong turn out with the most kids in any division we have ever had and was really competitive. So really healthy in the youngsters!!!
The biggest division was the longboarding mens which had 14, meaning 4 heats, semi-finals and finals. There was a great standard on show with the finalists really pushing the boundaries of whats possible in the small 1-2ft surf. The vibe was excellent in the sun with beach dj Ray playing the tunes from the C2C star tent and a really friendly mellow vibe!
More Photos and comp reports will appear on our facebook page!! Thanks so much to East Lothian Council and European Funding for supporting our part of the Tri boarding Festival. And also to Alder Sports and Seaweed Surf for prizes – the groms are stoked!
Longboard 10 & U
Longboard 18 & U
Longboard Ladies (photo Sally)
SUP (photo Mr Bling and the Knight)
1 The Knight
2 Mr Bling
OPEN 1. Mark Cameron (Fraserburgh), 2. Chris Noble (Thurso), 3. Mark Boyd (Thurso)
LADIES 1. Shoana Blackadder (Thurso), 2. Sarah Dickson (Aberdeen), 3. Jill Noble (Fraserburgh)
LONGBOARDS 1. Mark Boyd (Thurso), 2. Iain Masson (Fraserburgh), 3. Robbie McKay (Macduff)
JUNIORS 1. Jamie Bain (Fraserburgh), 2. Greg Millar (Banff), 3. Andrew Robertson (St Andrews)
SENIORS 1. Chris Noble (Thurso), 2. George Noble (Fraserburgh), 3. Mark Cameron (Fraserburgh)
The prize for highest scoring wave of the day went to Mark Boyd from Thurso.
See www.scottishsurfingfederation.com for pictures and videos and more information on the contest