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Cornish surfers excel at the Open

Ben Skinner
Skinner wins another Longboard Open on the circuit

Newquay-based Johnny Fryer claimed the open division title in a closely fought heat at the English Open Championships at Watergate Bay.

But any of the four finalists, who included Cornishmen Josh Ward, Andrew Griffen and Shaun Skilton, would have been worthy winners.

"The boys were all ripping, there were a lot of waves ridden, and it must have been super, super close," said Fryer.

On Saturday a six-to-eight foot swell meant only the elite squad went out.

In the Longboard Open, Newquay surfer Ben Skinner's recent run of form continued as he beat off competition from defending champion Ben Haworth to win.

Candice O'Donnell retained her Women's Longboard title.

Just four weeks ago both Skinner and O'Donnell were standing on the podium in Tapia, Spain, having won their respective European qualifying events for the World Longbord Tour.

For Skinner, another win reinforces his position as Europe's top longboard surfer.

see also
Skinner victorious on Spanish leg
18 Apr 09 |  Other sport...
Skinner struggles at World Games
13 Oct 08 |  Cornwall

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