Home win for Alan Stokes as Newquay surf event shows depth of British talent
A record breaking number of entries has brought the British surf championship to a close for the season.
The 2012 event, held at Fistral Beach in Newquay, saw more than 120 heats surfed during two days of intense competition in near perfect conditions at the weekend.
Competitors flew in from Portugal, Ireland and the Canary Islands to challenge the surfers who had travelled from all over the UK.
In the end it was a home win for local surfer Alan Stokes who said: "I am so happy to be winning a British Title in my home town, and with my Nan here with me today it makes it an extra special win."
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Alex Williams, media director for the organisers Surfing GB, said it was a great event.
"Ten years ago the scale and standard of surfing at the nationals was nothing like what we have seen this weekend," he said.
"The surfing was incredible from the youngest juniors coming through, right up through the open divisions to the seniors.
"This really shows the depth and quality of talent in British Surfing, and what a bright future British Surfing has.
"It's just been great to see so many people participating in the Nationals."
Lloyd Cole, Surfing GB's head coach, said that on the basis of a great season, 2013 was looking promising.
"Next year we are going to be taking our top surfers to compete on the global stage and they are looking 100% committed. From what I have seen this weekend, the levels of performance have gone up yet another notch."