Boys winner Arthur Randel from England.
Runner-up Filippo Marullo from Italy.
Girls winner Daniela Sevillano from Spain.
29 July 22
The 2022 European Surfing Federation European Junior Championships took place in Santa Cruz, Portugal 15-24 July as part of the larger Ocean Spirit Festival.
15 teams from around Europe took part in the week-long surfing competition comprising boys and girls U16 and U18 shortboard and U18 longboard events.
Heats took place over the week in mixed conditions, ranging from small and clean to medium sized, wind-blown swell.
Finals day, however, provided clean 3-4 foot swell, peeling, open faces and allowed the riders to really showcase their talents. A strong rip however, necessitated a lengthy beach run between rides!
In the boys grand final, working his way all through the repechage was Arthur Randell from England joining Filippo Marullo from Italy, Alfonso Zamora from Spain and Frederico Carrilho from Portugal.
It was a close-run final, with good-scoring exchanges between the English and Italian surfers. In the end, Arthur Randell just pipped it by 0.04 points from the Italian, Filippo Marullo - his critical noseriding and commitment in the pocket securing the win. His coach and mentor Ben Skinner was on hand to witness this as well as his own son, 14v year old Lukas skinner winning the U16 boys shortboard event.
In the girls grand final 14 year old Lola Bleakley, daughter of English longboard legend Sam Bleakley, was joined by Daniela Sevillano of Spain, Cannelle Lebreton of France and Lisa Boos of Germany. Lola and Cannelle exchanged scores with the English girl coming out on top, leading the final with some controlled carving and gentle, classic nose rides. However, Daniela from Spain scored the wave of the heat with a critical hang five and some great turns right on the buzzer to score a 7.33 and steal the title from the english girl when the scores were announced once they were on the beach. Joy and heartbreak all round.
Thanks to the European Surfing Federation, the judges and the marshals for an excellent event and the opportunity to compete on an international level was relished by all the competitors after being denied the opportunity due to recent world events.
- PHOTOS & WORDS BY JUSTIN RANDELL
1. Arthur Randell - England
2. Filippo Marullo - Italy
3. Alfonso Zamora - Spain
4. Frederico Carrilho - Portugal
1. Daniela Sevillano - Spain
2. Lola Bleakley - England
3. Cannelle Lebreton - France
4. Lisa Boos - Germany