A look at the Contest Locations (Part One) – Black Rock

The 2021 World Surfkayak Championships in Bude are being organized so that they can be held at various locations within a few miles of the Town Center. This will allow us to choose the optimum location for conditions day-by-day in order to make the very best of the contest window. Over the next few months, we will take a look at those waves in order to give you a better idea of what lies in store beginning with Black Rock this month. 

Black Rock Beach is named after the large rock in the center of the reef at the south end of Widemouth Bay, and has been the home to one of the UK’s largest surfkayak contests over the past 2 decades – the Shoreline Surf classic which is consistently the best attended event in the English season. Black Rock is a reef break outside of the rock itself, mostly a super high performance left-hander across the reef into the channel with a more risky right-hander behind the rock and into the cliffs at Wanson. The reef works at medium to high tide (it becomes pretty shallow at mid tide which makes it hollow and sometimes sketchy) and pushes back to a nice sandbar at low. To the north of the Black Rock area is an A-frame beachbreak which will provide a second contest area, and in between there is mostly a nice channel to separate contest zones and provide a safe paddle out on bigger days. Black Rock can hold really large swells, and we’ve held contests there in double-overhead+ conditions. 

In the autumn, when we see medium sized long-period swells accompanied with high pressure systems stuck over the UK, we often expect Black Rock to light up for days on end. Last weekend we saw a very similar weather pattern, and here’s a quick video I shot from the judging area after I’d just enjoyed an hour of perfection. The sets were coming in double this size but I was out of time having greedily taken as many waves as I could! On the left of the Video, you can see the reef (probably our A Site), in the center is the channel, and to the right the A-Frame beachbreak (B Site). 

Hopefully this will start to get you all stoked!!!!!!

Traducción Española

Se están organizando los Campeonatos Mundiales de Surfkayak 2021 en Bude para que puedan celebrarse en varios lugares a pocas millas del centro de la ciudad. Esto nos permitirá elegir la ubicación óptima para las condiciones día a día para aprovechar al máximo la ventana del concurso. En los próximos meses, echaremos un vistazo a esas olas para darte una mejor idea de lo que hay en la tienda a partir de Black Rock este mes.

Black Rock Beach lleva el nombre de la gran roca en el centro del arrecife en el extremo sur de Widemouth Bay, y ha sido el hogar de uno de los concursos de surf kayak más grandes del Reino Unido en las últimas 2 décadas: el clásico de Shoreline Surf que es siempre el evento mejor asistido en la temporada de inglés. Black Rock es una ruptura de arrecife fuera de la roca en sí misma, principalmente un zurdo de súper alto rendimiento a través del arrecife hacia el canal con un derecho más arriesgado detrás de la roca y hacia los acantilados de Wanson. El arrecife funciona en la marea media a alta (se vuelve bastante poco profundo en la marea media, lo que lo hace hueco y, a veces, incompleto) y empuja hacia atrás a un agradable banco de arena en la baja. Al norte del área de Black Rock hay un beachbreak de marco A que proporcionará una segunda área de competencia, y en el medio hay principalmente un buen canal para separar las zonas de competencia y proporcionar una paleta segura en los días más grandes. Black Rock puede contener olas muy grandes, y hemos celebrado concursos allí en condiciones de doble sobrecarga.

En otoño, cuando vemos olas de tamaño mediano de largo período acompañadas de sistemas de alta presión en el Reino Unido, a menudo esperamos que Black Rock se ilumine durante días y días. El fin de semana pasado vimos un patrón meteorológico muy similar, y aquí hay un video rápido que grabé desde el área de evaluación después de haber disfrutado una hora de perfección. ¡Los sets venían en el doble de este tamaño, pero estaba fuera de tiempo al tomar tantas olas como pude! A la izquierda del video, puede ver el arrecife (probablemente nuestro sitio A), en el centro está el canal, y a la derecha el beachbreak A-Frame (sitio B).

Espero que esto comience a entusiasmarlos a todos.

2 thoughts on “A look at the Contest Locations (Part One) – Black Rock

  1. Rubén del Rio January 29, 2020 / 18:10

    Hello friends,
    I am Rubén del Río from the Basque country.
    We have been together in the last three world championships.
    I am very excited to know your beaches and participate in your championship.
    I want to see where I should sleep during the championship and I wanted to ask you if the Widemouth Bay Cafe area would be a good choice to rent a house during the championship days.
    I await your response.
    Greetings.

    De: World Surf Kayak Championship 2021
    Enviado el: martes, 28 de enero de 2020 13:36
    Para: Rubén del Rio
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    mwoolwardx posted: ” The 2021 World Surfkayak Championships in Bude are being organized so that they can be held at various locations within a few miles of the Town Center. This will allow us to choose the optimum location for conditions day-by-day in order to make the very “

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    • mwoolwardx February 3, 2020 / 12:04

      Hello Ruben, Thanks for getting in touch! We look forward to seeing you in Cornwall in 2021!
      We are currently finalizing the location for the primary competition site, which is very likely to be in close vicinity to Widemouth Bay Cafe. Once we have the ‘athletes village’ location finalized we will let you know. We do also hope to offer special rates on accommodation by working with local business to support the event. As it is so early (the contest is still around 20 months in the future) we would suggest waiting a month or 2 to allow us to confirm the location, and also begin to release information about preferred accommodation.
      We will be back in touch as soon as we can.
      muchas gracias,
      Marc, Jack and the team.

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