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Lost Cove Surf Festival

Lost Cove Surf Festival

Whitesands Bay, Pembrokeshire
Fri, 15 Apr 16, 19:00 - Sun, 17 Apr 16, 17:00
map-pinWhitesands Bay, Pembrokeshire Coast Path, St David's, Haverfordwest,, Pembrokeshire, SA62 6PS


The idea is to bring as many people into the fold as possible. To unite all the surf clans; from the North to the South. With the numbers comes the fun. After leaving it all on the beach the campers are invited to the Festival, where the jams are on and the times are good. These are the rewards for those who witness the perfect weekend, and promises to be a memorable occasion, for those early in their ocean career, or those about to head out into the world.

Our three favourite things are the environment, local people and new ideas. Big beach cleans, recycling everything we can and teaching is our way of showing our deep respect of Mother Nature and the ocean. At the heart of surfing culture are the locals; bands, brewers, security, food and surfing heroes all bringing beautiful vibes to your festival.

Lost Cove is all about the UK surfing community, much like Burning Man every surf clan is invited to bring their biggest and gnarliest ideas. This includes anything from spinning wax, budding Picassos, promoting a business idea or product, Titchmarsh titans to yoga gurus. Lost Cove is a platform for you to showcase your talent to the world, use it to your advantage and get involved.

Competition information

While the Lost Cove is a great place to get loose and have a great time with your crew, don’t forget the main reason for this event; Surfing. Over the course of the weekend, athletes from across the UK will compete against their peers in two different events;

Lost Cove Cup

Female competition

1st £250
2nd £125
3rd £50

Male competition

1st £250
2nd £125
3rd £50

Fresh Fish Contest

This will be free to sign up on the Saturday at the beach ran by Star Surf.

Competition Format

4 person heats (Organisers may increase numbers due to constraints of time, weather or staffing)

Heat duration 15 mins. (Subject to change if necessary due to surf conditions).

Best two in each heat to progress to next round.

Saturday and Sunday will be run to standard ISA judging criteria (Heat duration and Wave count to be notified

There will be a separate event for novice competitors on Saturday which will be held only in the white-water.

Entries will be taken for this on Friday evening and early Saturday morning.

Finals will be held on Sunday unless weather/surf conditions dictate otherwise.

Prizes will be awarded for first three places in Men’s & Women’s event of £500, £250 and £100 in each class.

Competitors will have to complete and sign an individual contest entry form and declare swimming/surfing
ability; any medical condition, /agree to application of first aid if necessary/ photography/ media release.

(Minimum swimming ability of 50 metres will apply). All times and formats may be subject to rescheduling
alteration or cancellation due to constraints of time, weather or staffing (Information source for this during the
event will be the official notice board at contest HQ).

Contest Director = Pete Bounds : former British team captain, B.S.A Coach, former Welsh champion and

winner of many competitions at home and abroad.

Head judge = Craig Burrows : head judge at the WSF: Welsh Surfing Federation

Deputy head judge = James McGregor : ISA level 3: national level judge

Judge = Gwen Spurlock : Welsh national surf coach

Judge = Hugh John : WSF chairman

Please help us to make this event run smoothly and maintain our relations with local surfers, landowners
and authorities who will be making this event possible. Keeping noise, inconvenience to acceptable levels
and litter to zero. (There will be a voluntary litter pick /beach clean each afternoon in conjunction with
recognised environmental charities)


Friday 15th April: Celtic Camping

20.00 - 22.00 Registration & Volunteer judges briefing

Saturday 16th April: Whitesands Beach

08.30 - 9:00 Check-in/late registration

09.00 - 13.00 Qualifying rounds.Morning heats. (Men & Women run in parallel throughout). 
                       Novice qualifying rounds

13.00 - 13:30 BREAK

13.30 - 17.30 Qualifying rounds & Round 2

17.00 - 18.00 Competition ends

Sunday 17th April: Whitesands Beach

08.30 - 9:00 Check-in

09.00- 13.00 Round 3/4. Morning heats (Main event plus novice’s white-water event)

13.00 - 13:30 BREAK

14:30 – 15:30 Beach clean

13.30 – 15:30 Main event = Semi-finals & FINALS. Novices FINALS

16:00 Presentations

16:30 End.


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