Flora out to retain her title

Cornwall’s Fistral Beach at Newquay is the venue for this weekend’s British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) surfing championships, with the best student-surfers in the UK competing at probably the largest surf competition in Europe.

Hoping to leave with a medal, and BUCS points for their institution, no fewer than 333 students (239 male and 94 female) have been riding the waves in the three-day event which concludes today.

Last year’s event was blessed with challenging waves and the FXU Students made the short trip home to Falmouth with the overall male team silverware. Cardiff University won the girls’ trophy.

Flora Lawton, of the University of Bristol, will be looking to retain the overall female trophy she won last year, while FXU’s Joseph Prow’s men’s title is also on the line.

With it being one of the first large events in the BUCS sporting calendar, this particular surfing championships always attracts a diverse range of students, from freshers to fifth-years.

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