ALEC Hume was one of many to enjoy the pumping waves at Croyde at the weekend.

Despite the crowds, the RNLI lifeguard spent plenty of time being barrelled off his noggin.

And, as the photo shows, it is a fine place to spend time.Croyde Green room- photo alec humephoto: Alec Hume

“It’s been an all-time weekend full of sunburn and barrels,” said Alec.

“A perfect change from the nonstop rain we’ve had and hopefully it will become the norm for summer.”

While we got a taste of summer, on the other side of the world a North Devon surfer has been riding high in the warmth of Australia.

Eight years since his last visit to the contest, Ben Haworth was in action at the Noosa Festival of Surf – one of the most prestigious longboard events in the world.

Ben Haworth - Noosa

The former British champion put in a sublime performance, stylishly making his way to the final – or so he thought.

Sadly for Ben, on the morning of the final he was suddenly informed he was out. No proper explanation was given, but it seemed to boil down to a judging error in his semi-final.

It was a cruel blow and something you would not expect at that level.

“I’m absolutely gutted,” said Ben. “To see my name in the final then have it taken away was heartbreaking.

“They shouldn’t make mistakes like this in the biggest longboard competition in the world and they haven’t shown any compassion or given an apology.”

Woolacombe Boardriders elected a new committee at the annual meeting.

With fresh blood and a few returning faces, the reinvigorated club is looking to embrace the longboarding fraternity.

Plans are afoot to run more contests and continue the junior development which has been paying dividends.

Paul Barrington was elected chairman, Archie Willis vice-chairman, Will Tinsley secretary, Gareth Horrell social secretary, Steve Adams contest director and Rosemary Terribile treasurer.

Paul said: “We want to say a massive thanks to the committee who have kept the club going in recent years, especially Lorna Smith, outgoing chairman Neil Clifton and treasurer Angus Ashford.

“The Grunta League will now feature a longboard division and all longboarders are welcome at the club

“We’ve got some exciting social events planned and the grom squad is going to be in full effect.

“Our first event is going to be the traditional bowling on April 12 at Golden Coast – a great night to come and join and find out what we have planned for the year.”

For more information on the club, find their Facebook page.

The local contest season is set to begin on Saturday with Croyde Surf Club’s Al Rannochan Memorial comp. Visit croydesurfclub.com for updates.

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