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Jesus Classic postponed for quality surf

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: September 13, 2012

LEFT TURN: Greg Robinson picking off a tasty left at Croyde.

LEFT TURN: Greg Robinson picking off a tasty left at Croyde.

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AFTER getting a few days of sunny September surf, the high pressure chased the waves away.

Organisers of the 20th Jesus Surf Classic were last week forced to postpone the event for the first time in its history.

With little to no surf predicted, Christian Surfers UK made the call to reschedule the popular contest for the weekend of October 13 and 14.

Phil Williams from Christian Surfers UK said: "It was not an easy call but we wanted the surfers to have the best possible opportunity to compete in quality surf for the duration of this 20th anniversary event.

"This would not have been the case at the weekend with over 100 entrants in eight categories."

It's going to be a manic couple of weeks for the Christian Surfers crew with the Jesus Longboard Classic in Polzeath the week before the rescheduled Jesus Surf Classic. As well as hosting the best longboarders in the country, they will be premiering the European showing of a new longboard surf movie called Flux from Australian filmmaker Andrew Carruthers.

It looks like a bit of a festival week with a number of events taking place. For more details on the event or Christian Surfers UK visit www.christiansurfers.co.ukor e-mail Phil@christiansurfers.co.uk.

The legendary Californian surfboard shaper Bing Copeland is visiting North Devon this week and will be the special guest at events organised in conjunction with the British Museum of Surfing.

On Saturday, he'll be chatting with the audience at a UK charity preview of the award-winning new movie Boardroom – Legends of Surfboard Shaping – at Croyde village.

The event sold out quickly but there but he'll also be on hand this Sunday at the Museum in Braunton for the Vintage Surf meet where collectors from all over the UK will be displaying their best vintage surfboards.

The event is the first of its kind in North Devon and is being run by the museum along with Al Lindsay who runs the vintage surfboards UK website.

This is a rare chance to see beautiful surfboards that are tucked away in private collections, and the two previous events run by Al in Newquay have proved a huge hit.

They have featured legendary surfers and shapers and more than 100 beautiful surfboards dating back around 100 years.

Bring a Bing, and have the man himself check it out.

It is free to exhibit but you need to register by e-mailing contact@museumofbritishsurfing.org.uk.

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