Surfers brave post-storm waves at Cromer

The East Coast Classic surfing competition at Cromer. Jonathan Mann taking part in the longboard section. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Some took photos of crashing waves - others rode them on surf boards.

The East Coast Classic surfing competition at Cromer. Jonathan Mann taking part in the longboard section. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Storm conditions had abated enough by Sunday to allow the annual East Coast Classic surf competition to take place at Cromer.

The East Coast Classic surfing competition at Cromer. Winner of the junior section Eloise Thorogood, 15, from Aldborough. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

The event, organised by the North Norfolk Surf Life Saving Club, attracted 18 competitors from all over Norfolk plus Devon, Wales and Essex, taking part in either long or short board events.

Each was judged on how many waves they caught and their two best waves. Points were awarded for manoeuvres used to ride the waves, involving techniques with names including carving turns, cut backs, and 360 degrees.

Morning heats were followed by quarter, semi and grand finals.


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'It's been quite stormy with head-height waves and winds of 16 knots - a challenging but successful day, said club spokesman Adam Frere-Smith, speaking immediately after the event.

'The waves were big but messy, because of the wind. We prefer big but clean - with no wind,' he added.

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Eloise Thorogood, 15, from Aylsham, surfed her way to victory in the junior short board contest with Molly Tilden, 11, from North Walsham, as runner-up.

The senior long board event was won by Jonathan Mann, from Norwich. Colin Herbert, from Cromer, was runner-up. The senior short board champion was Alex Foster, from Sheringham. Luis-Alonzo Davis, from East Runton was runner-up.

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