Surfing is available from both campuses and has produced a competitive team of male and female surfers who compete in Surfing GB and UK pro tour events during the season. Students may have up to four hours per week of surfing related activities.
The competition strand is for students with a high level of surfing skill and experience. Opportunities exist to take part in local and national competitions and events. Our competitive team takes part in UKPSA events and is considered extremely successful as a club. Students will have access to regular water-based sessions and top-level specialist coaching that includes video analysis and board design sessions.
The participation strand encourages students to develop practical techniques and understanding of sea conditions and will normally see students having a competent level of surfing ability that includes relevant personal equipment, knowledge of etiquette and green wave surfing. Participants must be confident in chest (2-3ft) surf and be able to access the water beyond the break. In addition, all students will have regular land based coaching sessions including training and fitness sessions.
There will be opportunities for students to undertake additional relevant qualifications such as Level 1 coaching qualifications, first aid and surf lifesaving.
Every Wednesday we are transported to the local beaches wherever the waves are best, which is really good for me and others who also love surfing because it breaks up the College week and we all get to escape and just get in the water for a bit!
- As a team we have achieved second place in the British Interclubs event and third in the British Schools event (where we earn no points for U14 and U16 categories), finishing first in the U18 category.
- Paddy Daniel, Dale Foster and Liz Hodson all qualified for the British selection squad, with Paddy being selected in the top four for the U18 team.
- Simon Trebilcock finished 2nd in the Scottish open.
- Jowan Allen, Simon Trebilcock, Adam Bayfield, Connor Stratton-Darling, Paddy Higgins and Connor Barker Warne have all achieved semi-finalist positions or better in UKPST events this year from Devon to Scotland.
- Rhys Barfield came eighth in U18 European Juniors, fourth in U18 British Schools, and was awarded U18 Welsh National Champion and Surfer for Team GB at ISA World Juniors 2014.
- Noah Biersack – WSL Pro Junior & English Nationals.
- Tassy Swallow – World Junior Surfing Games, UK U18 Pro Tour title.