Croyde surf comp showcases foamie flair

Conditions were perfect for the Inaugural Wave Project Invitational at Croyde earlier this week, which saw 48 surfers battle it out to be crowned the King/Queen of the Foamie.

The theme was “retro”, which in practice meant an impressive range of colourful wetsuits and accessories that reflected the competition requirements of “old, bright and tight”.

Only foam boards measuring 8ft+ were permitted, with judge Darren Burrett looking out for “foamie flair, swelly skills and polystyrene prowess”. There were a LOT of headstands, hanging five and generally amazing poses.

The event was organised by Seb and Harry from Wave Project partner school Surf South West, and raised more than £300 for the North Devon project.

In a shock outcome, project co-ordinator Ian Bennett was knocked out in the semi-finals – not even his fabulous green wetsuit could save him. In the final, Jack Unsworth from Surfing Croyde Bay emerged from the waves victorious to scoop the trophy.

Huge thanks to Seb and Harry for organising such a brilliant event and to everyone who came along to support it. Now get practicing your moves for next year!