The English National Surfing Championships were held at Watergate Bay in Newquay on May 6-8, run by Surfing England, where local Island surfing talents managed to place well.
Jago Tasker, (13), came second overall in the boys under-14 category – making mum, Sarah, ‘very proud’. Jago is part of the Isle of Wight Council’s Talented Athlete Scheme, which gives discounts from local retailers, physio and chiropractic services and Wightlink travel.
Also competing was 15-year-old Boe Howell, in her first year in the under-16s. After making it to the finals, Boe managed to come fourth overall.
Brothers Isaac (12), and Jago (11), Boswell also competed for the first time. Isaac made it through to the semi-finals in the under-14 category and was placed third, with Jago getting through to the semi-finals in the under-12s but unfortunately got knocked out of the competition.
The conditions were said to be small on the Friday, causing the competition to be put on hold after lunch and, whilst the waves were good on Saturday, fog delayed the competition again. The finals were on Sunday, where a strong wind picked up, but the waves held fine.
On May 21, Boe and Jago Tasker competed in the Croyde Surf Club Al Rannochan Memorial Open Contest.
Boe came second in the Ladies’ Open, whilst Jago managed to score first place in the under-14s. Nigel Howell, Boe’s father, achieved third place in the masters.