"Promesas" Youth Surf Contest in Arucas, North Gran Canaria
Canarian Youth Circuit SHARK-Costa Arucas, presented by Club Oleaje
The weekend of the 23rd/24th saw the Promesas Youth Surf Contest that had been postponed from two weeks earlier due to heavy surf conditions.
Promesas is an event that takes the summer surf festival from island to island to celebrate and promote youth surfing. All children are encouraged to train for the event and then enter just to see what they can do. At the top end, there is an extremely high level so kids and adults alike looked on with interest as this year´s event in Gran Canaria unfolded. And they weren't to be disappointed with the standard of surfing...
115 kids participated with the opportunity to qualify for the Spanish nationals. It was an event mixed with light hearted contest and serious consequences for those that want to qualify to compete in the nationals within the Federación Española de Surf..
I am writing this article from a battle weary surf bus, full of sleepy, salty, sun burnt but happy kids at the end of a hard weekend of surfing. Here is Surf Canaries´ story:
It all started at around 07:00 as the Surf Canaries surf bus rumbled through the dosey streets of Arguineguin with some very excited (for the time of day) kids, and very loud music (sorry if we woke you if you live in Arguineguin! :))
Although sunny in the south, the weather that greeted us in "Playa de Los Enanos" (San Andres) was grey and un-inviting. On top of that, the waves were big and difficult. Even through this, the un-dampenable atmosphere of a surf contest shone through and there were plenty of smiles and loud music during the set up.
First up were the mini surfers, under 14s. Some of these guys really looked too young to surf but they duly waxed down their mini surfboards and, in a flurry of screams laughter and big blond hair, they were in the water battling out amongst themselves and against the difficult, heavy conditions (multiplied by 3 as half of these kids were a third of the size of an average adult!)
First round over and in next were the under 14 bodyboard division. In total, there were 9 categories of surf, each holding elimination rounds, quarter and semi finals, followed by the finals on the last day. The categories consisted of: Under 14 surf, under 14 Body board, under 16 Surf, Under 16 body board, under 18 surf, under 18 body board under 21 surf, under 18 body board feminine and under 18 surf feminine. So there was plenty for the organizers to do!
As the day went on, the semi finals were decided and everyone returned home for a good night´s sleep. For our club, Jack Keenan and Tegan Knights had reached the semi finals and Keeley´s category was on Sunday so we returned the next day, ready for the kids to do battle again.
The conditions in day 2 were far better - smaller cleaner waves with a dropping tide. Although eliminated in the semis, Jack and Tegan put on a great performance and the finals were played out in fantastic waves and to a level that made the surfers look like adult pros, not teenagers.
There have to be winners and Gran Canaria put up a good showing.
All the kids came away happy with the contest and ready for the next, so onwards with the training - win loose or draw, the next contest is only around the corner...
Results of the Circuito Canario de Surfing SHARK-Costa Arucas:
SURF INFANTIL BODYBOARD INFANTIL
1º ALEX BAUDIN 1º EDUARDO AGUILAR
2º KALANY DA SILVA 2º LUCAS YAFAR
3º GOLBERT STANLEY 3º KILIAN PITA
4º CESAR GONZALEZ 4º BORJA GRANADOS
SURF CADETE BODYBOARD CADETE
1º N ICO AGUIRRE 1º EDUARDO AGUILAR
2º SAUL TORRES 2º SAMUEL BRITO
3º ALEX BAUDIN 3º CARLOS TRENZADO
4º CARLOS DE LA ROSA 4º GIOVANNI ROSALES
SURF JUVENIL FEMENINO BODYBOARD JUVENIL FEMENINO
1º MARTA FLORIT 1º NOEMY MENDOZA
2º NAHIRN MANDUCA 2º OLGA HENRIQUEZ
3º SOFIA DE TOMAS 3º ALMA GARCIA
4º KEELY HAGGETT 4º ISIS GARCIA
SURF JUVENIL MASCULINO BODYBOARD JUVENIL MASCULINO
1º JAVIER ASCANIO 1º EDUARDO RODRIGUEZ
2º CARLOS DE LA ROSA 2º JULIO YANEZ
3º ALBERTO GARCIA 3º JULIAN GONZALEZ
4º SANDRO ARTILES 4º DANIEL QUINTANA