With storm Desmond battering the south west coast, Croyde Bay was looking, well... horrific. Huge charts meant that it was not possible to run an event in the village, so the late call was made by contest director, Matt Knight to move up the coast to the left-handers dream that is Lynmouth.
This former 'secret spot' now sports its own web-cam but even the locals weren't too keen on tackling Lyndaka on that swell with many seeking further shelter. The few that braved the conditions were treated to their own peak and nice long paddle! Frothing groms were turned away due to safety but the OPEN and the VETERANS put on a fantastic display.
Hour long heats allowed plenty of paddling time which meant that spectators were treated to some stand out surfing. Waves and positions were exchanged and by a stacked heat which eventually saw Lyndon Wake take first place ahead of Alex Gibson (2nd) and Cory Lawson (3rd). Damon Beveridge (4th) finished just ahead of his elite surf member Storm Wall (5th) and debutaunt Harry Jelicoe (6th) fought with rocks and a dodgy leash to complete the set.
The Vets gave it a good go and the swell seemed to stack up just in time for their paddle out. The legend that is Lee Parkins (1st) pipped Matt Knight (2nd) and Gary Clay (3rd) to the top spot, despite Matt taking off on some bombs and almost making all the way to blacklands! I'm calling his last wave definitely triple over head. Now i know where Taz gets it from!
Huge thanks to everyone involved. I think Steve would've been proud.