Langland juniors make a big splash at this year’s Welsh National Champs!

Surfing with Chris 'Guts' Griffiths

Freshwater West, the home of the Welsh Nationals

 

THE 2018 BILLABONG MiPOST WELSH NATIONALS WERE HELD ON THE FIRST BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND OF MAY, IN GLORIOUS PEMBROKESHIRE SUNSHINE. WHILST THE SURF DIDN’T REACH WHAT WE’VE SEEN IN PREVIOUS YEARS, IT WAS A CONSISTENT CRYSTALLINE 2FT THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND, GIVING PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITY FOR COMPETITORS TO ENJOY THEIR HEATS.

Patrick Langdon Dark storming his way to ‘the double’

Langland’s Patrick Langdon Dark made the event his own, taking the win in the Open Division and the U18 Boys, a feat only managed three times before in the entire history of the Welsh Nationals. His surfing was outstanding all weekend; looking a threat in every heat he surfed with his cat like reflexes suiting the conditions at Freshwater West.

Welsh Open and Junior Champion, sounds good huh!

The Open final had started with local standout Alex Morris taking an early lead whilst Rhys Barfield and Ryan Thomas struggled to find a rhythm, but Pat’s patient approach paid dividends and he picked off two of the best waves in the final and surfed them impeccably to take an unassailable lead. Alex Morris would take second with Barfield third and Ryan Thomas fourth.

Patrick Langdon Dark

The Open final had started with local standout Alex Morris taking an early lead whilst Rhys Barfield and Ryan Thomas struggled to find a rhythm, but Pat’s patient approach paid dividends and he picked off two of the best waves in the final and surfed them impeccably to take an unassailable lead. Alex Morris would take second with Barfield third and Ryan Thomas fourth.

Alys Barton almost made it a double double for Langland by taking the under 18s girl’s crown, just getting pipped in the dying minutes for the title in the Open Ladies by multiple Welsh champion Jo Dennison. Alys’s surfing is coming on in leaps and bounds and impresses every time she hits the water. She is certainly one to watch for the future.

Alys Barton, one of Britain’s most promising surfers, showing fine form on this glassy peeler

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