| MEN'S RESULTS:|
1. Will Bennet
2. Richard Sills
3. Lee Harvey
4. Dave Ibbertson
5. Neal Gent
6. John Ellman Brown
7. George Noble
8. Gareth Morgan
9. Chris Simpson
| WOMEN'S RESULTS:|
1. Helen Thompson
2. Maggie Cleeve
3. Ali Hendry
| SENIOR RESULTS:|
1. Paul Stebbings
2. Martin Coulthurst
3. Sebastian Harinkouck
4. Richard Wiseman
5. Richard Gowers
6. Jason McCaffery
7. Phil Clarkson
BEST WAVE - Dave Ibbertson
Fraserburgh, Scotland, 2009
Current 2007 and 2008 champion Will Bennet looked to defend his title at this years BKSA Wavemasters event in Scotland. The conditions looked set to be epic and as Wednesday dawned a nice 4ft swell – blowing crosshore from the left gave the port tack conditions.
Riders had 10mins to be scored on their 2 best waves. They were scored out 10 for Size, length Of Ride, Turns, Power, Style and how close you are to the critical breaking part of the wave.
The ladies kicked off the event at the “Waters of Philorth “ in Fraserburgh bay with Helen Thompson excelling in the difficult conditions. Also competing was local organiser Maggie Cleeve and Ali Hendry – Helen took the win ahead of Maggie.
In the senior event French rider Sebastian Harinkouck surprised everyone by competing on a twin tip – however he ripped on it. Local rider Richard Wiseman put in a good fight to almost make it to the final however Martin Coulthurst from Blackpool pipped him to the post.
The final had Paul Stebbing on his Naish quad fin take the win ahead of Martin and Sebastian. The Men then took to the water with a mix bag of styles and kit – strapped surfboards, unstrapped, bow kites, deltas and 5 line C’s.
The final saw ex pro surfer Richard Sills take to the water in an increasing wind and fading light all riders were on 7m kites- against Will Bennet and Neal Gent. Richard and Will were riding strapless with great style both breaking out with tail slides and big off the lips – however it was Will with his long rides who took the win ahead of Richard and Neal.
The waves took even more height on the Thursday with the wind cross off and with 6 ft waves good enough to surf. The pro men were first up with a world class display, notable for Lee Harvey who was excelling in the light conditions with great wave selection. Will Bennet and Neal Gent ended up in the semi final however it was Will who managed to slip into the final by the skin of his teeth. The final saw Lee, Richard and Will display some excellent strapless waveriding in an increasing swell – Lee took the wind with Will in second.
The seniors were up next but only managed three events before being called off for the day due to the conditions. Friday saw a complete lack of wind so riders opted for a standard surf on what waves there were. Saturday began bright and early at 10:30am with most riders opting for 5, 6 or 7m kites with cross offshore port tack on the 2ft waves. Three heats were run until the wind went off the scale, topping at nearly 50 knots!
Sunday saw the senior re-emerge for the finals in a cross off 30 knot wind. Paul Stebbings made it to the final again to meet Sebastian and Martin. However it was all over for Martin in the first minute as his kite went down. A battle then ensued between Paul and Sebastian with their two different styles - quad fin versus twin tip. The waves were peaking at 12 ft and a great show was put on, but it was Paul who gained the victory making the most from his wave selection and great ripping style.
Helen Thompson again produced the goods in the ladies event showing off her skills in the waves ahead of Ali Hendry and Maggie Cleeve. Riders were using 5-7m kites however as the morning went on kites got bigger as Dave Ibbertson brought out the big guns with his 10m while Neal Gent was on his 5m! The big upset was Will Bennet not making it to the final after being stopped by Dave Ibbertson.
It was now up to Richard Sills to win to take the British title but with Lee Pasty and Dave Ibbertson both on fire it was going to be no easy task. Although getting off to a stormer Richard was unable to find another high scoring wave in the 10 minute heat, dashing his hopes.
All riders gathered on the beach and the winners announced Dave Ibbertson took the win ahead of Lee Pasty and Richard Sills.
A special thanks to Helen Thompson for the photos!