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Islands show class on first day

Christian Boletta
The Channel Islands team were pleased with their successful start

The Channel Islands had a good opening day at the 2009 European Surfing Championships in Jersey on Sunday.

Europes top 200 competitors took part in two to three foot surf with only two of the Channel Islands team failing to make the next round.

Shelly McFarlaine, Christian Boletta and Piers Gould all won their heats.

And team manager Roley McMichael told BBC Jersey: "It's been unbelievable, we started off well and the boys and girls are just killing it."

he CI team were admittedly nervous before the start of competition, but McMichael believes that after the first day's performance the nerves have gone.

"The guys were watching a lot of free surfing over the last couple of days and there's no taking away from the European guys, they are hot, but we've proved now that we're as good they are," he said.

The standard of these guys is super, super high so it was great to get a win in

Christian Boletta

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But while the Channel Islands contingent performed well on the first day of competition McMichael is not getting ahead of himself.

"I'm not saying we are going to win," he added. "But we're giving it our best shot."

Jersey surfer Christian Boletta won his heat in the Open Men's division and he said he was pleased to win on home soil.

"There's a bit of added pressure with it being here at home," he said.

"The standard of these guys is super, super high so it was great to get a win in."

President of the European Surfing Federation, Francis Distinguin, was happy with the conditions in Jersey.

"I'm very excited because we have very good waves and I'm very happy for the competition to be in Jersey for the 40th birthday of the European Federation.

"I think the standard today has been very high."

The Championships continue until Sunday, 4 October.



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