Finless Fun At The Slyder Cup

07 . 12 . 14

We set off from the workshop in the half light of dawn, and managed a glimpse of the waves at Porthtowan as we headed up the hill on our way north.  The surf looked good – a fresh, shoulder high winter swell with light offshore winds – and we were excited for a day of bodysurfing and finless sliding at the rescheduled Slyder Cup.  Half an hour later we stopped the van above the beach at Lusty Glaze and watched a set wave roll into the bay which was well overhead, the new swell having grown significantly over the duration of our short journey.  Despite the conditions bordering on intimidating for finless surfing and the fact that every surf spot up and down the coast was having its day, over fifty competitors queued up to sign in and prepared to do some swimming.

James ran a handplane workshop demonstration during the course of the day and competed in the bodysurfing division, and we had a really great day talking alternative wave-riding with the interesting collection of surfers and makers in attendance.  Congratulations to the winners of every category and to Jimbo Bennet for retaining his title following some very impressive finless stand-up surfing.  We had a great time (you can see yourself from the photos below) and hope to see some of you at next year’s event.

First light revealed a fresh winter swell.  But it was building…

The bodysurfing heats were contested at high tide in some significant lumps of cold ocean.

James going headfirst on the foamball.

Our demonstration station where we showed the process behind our bodysurfing handplane workshop days.

The paipo category saw a great range of shapes being ridden by the prone contingent.

Our friend Rich Pope dropping into a set wave on a classic plywood bellyboard.

Sarah Bentley deservedly won the award for “Most Stylish Human” having repeatedly made wave after wave like this with grace and poise.

The Barea’s bought along a quiver of Otter bellyboards for the sunset expression session.

Approaching Lines Event Director Chris Nelson watching the last few minutes of both daylight and the grand final with James.

Finless friends.  It was wonderful to see the camaraderie that exists between the finless clans.

The awards ceremony felt really festive with fairy lights strung up.

Huge thanks to Approaching Lines for putting on another great event and inviting us along to be a part of it, and to Reef for making it all possible.  We’re looking forward to next year already!

And finally…if you’re thinking of giving a loved one an Otter handplane for Christmas then our last date for orders is the end of Friday, December 12th.  This gives us just enough time to make a handplane to order and get it in the post so that it can be waiting under the tree on Christmas Day morning.

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