a magazine for surfing females
SLYDER CUP AT LUSTY GLAZE / BREATHING v FEA
May - Issue #7 It’s been a fun month! Despite the water temp here in
Check it out here in this month’s issue of The Slideshow. - Gemma Chalmers
AR / WINDPOWER
n the UK (COLD) there’s been lot’s happening in the world of wave-sliding.
A cold afternoon at Godrevy. Pho
A cold afternoon at Godrevy. Concha breaking in her new Skindog longboard. Photo: Sam Cox.
THE SLYDER CUP The Slyder Cup, dubbed as the â€˜first annual friction affliction conventionâ€™, showcased the finest in finless wave riding.
A magnificent gathering of like-minded sliders descended on Lusty Glaze beach, a melting pot of talented craftsmen and women, creative bodies, and fun seeking water folk. Keen to share craft, trade tips, and swap stories, there was an energetic buzz anticipating how the contest would go down. There were 4 categories; Alaia, Bellyboard/ Paipo, Handplane/Bodysurf, and Surfmat.
The heats kicked off with some clean 2 footers rolling through the mizzle, combining a mix of contestants from champion surfers and old school legends, to complete finless virgins. As the tide pushed in, the wind swung round creating a messier chop, but the rain and small surf certainly did not dampen spirits. By the time the grand final arrived, a showdown of all four categories, Lusty had
served up its infamous high tide wedging shorebreak, proving to be a complete crowd pleaser as the sliders launched themselves into to some heavy sand whompers, directly in front of the appreciative whooping and hooting spectators...
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Perranporth Slyder (& Slideshow mag representative!)
As one of only 3 females entered in the entire event, I was representing womankind in the handplane/ bodysurf division of the Slyder Cup. Limbering up for some serious sliding in the somewhat sloppy, choppy 1 Â˝ foot waves, there was plenty of pre heat banter between fellow competitors as handplanes were compared, eyeballed and stroked, plus tactics and techniques shared. The atmosphere was full of fun and excitement, and far from any edgy, singleminded competitiveness.
We all legged it as fast as our flippered feet could take us into the waves. After a few little waves to get going, a tremendous lull blighted our heat, but eventually a set pulsed through and I caught a beauty lefthander, vaguely hearing hoots from The Slideshow support crew on the beach. After a few more waves of differing degrees of style, grace, and length, the 5 minute disc was shown and I frantically tried to up my wave count and attempt a few radical manoeuvres. It didn’t really happen but I had a good time trying! Emerging from the water with massive grins on everyone’s faces, backs were slapped and high fives struck, we all certainly thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and cheered on the next heat. More an easy going, entertaining and super cool gala than a full on competition, it was so much fun! Sign me up for the next one…you’d be a mug not to be part of it. Ellie Woodward, Perranporth, UK
Photo: Kit Stokes
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GWYN HASLOCK: Cornish surfing
Gwyn Haslock and Sally Parkin, were the only women to compete in the Bellyboard/ Paipo section at The Slyder Cup. In the water both ladies kept it simple, gaining points on long, smooth rides rather than using showy tricks. Despite having a cold and the conditions Gwyn breezed through her opening heat coming second only to former British Surfing Champion Alan Stokes. After a chilly wait, a bit of tucker and a change of wetsuit, Gywn was in again for the final. With the heightening tides and the increasing wind, conditions had deteriorated. Gwyn followed her earlier approach, catching the slop right into shore. In the tricky conditions she made it look effortless. Opting not to use fins, her competitorsâ€™ increased mobility ultimately left her at a disadvantage, catching more waves and racking up the points.
Words & images: Hanna Richardson
THE SLYDER CUP It was great that there was a mix of different wave riding craft. Hopefully next time more females will enter the competition. There were only three of us this time! When I found out that some seriously talented surfers had entered I thought perhaps I shouldnâ€™t have put my name down for it but everyone was incredibly friendly and there was a great spirit of camaraderie amongst the competitors and the spectators too. It was really special that Gywn Haslock was competing. In 1966 Gwyn was the only female to enter the first National surfing competition to be held in Newquay. She entered alongside the men. It was because of this that they set up a professional competition for women - she went on to win the GB surfing Champions five times between 1969 and 1976. She still surfs on a longboard at Newquay on a regular basis throughout the year and also bellyboards on an Original board when the surf conditions are better suited for this type of wave riding. It was great to watch really talented young surfers like Alan Stokes and Jimbo Bennet ride my boards out the back with fins and I was thrilled that Alan won the Bellyboard/alaia section of the Slyder Cup on one of my boards. As always it was a treat to watch Gwyn catch shallow waves without fins with such style but for me it is really special that these boards can be ridden by all ages and all levels of surfers and people can have fun on them together. When you catch a wave on a simple wooden board you just always end up smiling. It is also such fantastic exercise. I have been having fun on these boards since I was 5 - now 48 years ago - when they were what most people used to catch a wave in Cornwall. I think that you get a great sense of speed on them and you feel really connected to the wave because you are at face level. About ten years ago you only tended to see the over 50s using these boards and young pro surfers would have never thought to try one. I had the idea of re-styling them and set up my company 5 years ago. Words: Sally Parkin.
SALLY PARKIN: Founder of the
Original Surfboard Company Photo: Hanna Richardson
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Photo: Ellie Woodward
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How many girls entered the event this year? There were a few of us, but not enough really, I’d love to see more girls getting involved, cos it’s not the sort of competition where there’s bad vibes going on, it’s only about having fun and getting in the sea. And obviously shredding! Kit Stokes - an interview with Demi Taylor.
THE SLYDER CUP The winner, Jimbo Bennett,
came from the Alaia camp, with spins, long rides and effortless finless shred. The expression session came after the final, where handplanes, surf mats, 80’s polystyrene coolites and even a rowing oar came out to be ridden in the shorebreak. The awards were presented at the end of the incredibly fun filled day, with the premiere of new surf film ‘Anything Sing’ rounding everything off as an added bonus. Smiles and laughs, hooting and hollering, spins, slides and glides, all encompassed in a hellishly good vibe, the day was a huge success and we’re looking forward to round 2 of the Slyder Cup. Words: Ellie Woodward
Jimbo L Bennett... going for a little head dip
Many surfers practice Yoga because for flexibility, strength, tone, muscle recovery & spiritual calm. “My parents did it when I was little, so I knew about Yoga, but back then it was a hippy thing to do, and there were not many lessons going on”. “I don’t think I do any Yoga for physical (benefits), the thing is, I do so much physical stuff...” for Concha it’s more for the mind”. In Hamburg, Germany she practiced Yoga in detail. “The teacher was doing 20 minutes breathing exercise before, and that was what really changed the whole thing (for me), because you sit there and you breathe and your whole posture and your whole thinking, everything’s changed” Later on back in the UK, “I had to do my lifeguard course, and because I learned how much in the swimming test, the breathing was helping (my swimming)
but also for me just to keep on going, when you feel like you don’t have power”.
The focus on control of breath to quiet the mind, master fear, or just be present can translate very well to paddling out
Left: Concha surfing Anchor Point, Morrocco.
in heavy conditions, when your paddle fitness isn’t up to scratch, and to help in your surfing progression.
“I think actually it does give you such a confidence, in that moment, because of the Yoga, and in the water, you need that. You
need, just that moment to be aware of what’s going on; and not so much of, oh are those people looking at me, can I do it? Can I not do it?” The mental benefits have long been recognised. Joyce Sloan certainly swore by Yoga’s breathing methods In an article for The Miami News October 25, 1950, a student of Yoga for over 20 years, “Before you start your exercises, you must practice the Yoga method of breathing. Miss Slone recommends the rhythmic breathing as being an excellent tonic to improve the nervous system. It also will help you
I honestly believe the average person doesn’t breathe deeply enough to chase the cobwebs out of his brains”. concentrate,
Gemma Chalmers / interview with Concha Conchita (St Agnes, Cornwall, UK).
WIND POWER I live in Perranporth, Cornwall, and have been surfing on and off for about 15 years. Earlier
3 hours of emergency dental work. The accident happened at Gwithian beach when it was barely strength of the wind and the power of gravity! Iâ€™d been having a lovely little surf, the sun was shin out and dove under the water. As I came up for air I looked about for my board, and in a fleeting state of shock. I lost fragments of my front teeth and blood went everywhere.
I was so lucky to have been surfing with friends all who have at some stage in their lives worked support, as it was out of season and the beach - unmanned. Two weeks of concussion, and anot for a bit, I got back in the sea as soon as possible. Getting back in the sea although a little unner would rationalise it as a freak accident that could have happened to anyone. But one thing is for scar to add to the hat rack!
on this year I had a surfing accident which left me with a broken nose, six stitches and needing y 1 foot, clean and offshore! One thing however, that I had seriously underestimated was the ning and all was well. As I came off the end of what was to be my last wave, I kicked my board second I glanced up and it struck me square in the face with such force that I went into a mild
for the RNLI as trained lifeguards. I’m not sure what I would have done without their help and ther 2 weeks for my nose to heal, although I refused to take the same board out or wear a leash rving was not as hard as I expected. I’m not any braver than anyone else, I just decided that I sure, I always come out of the water arms first now! I think I’d rather a broken arm than another Mel Perks, Perranporth, UK