Welsh Bodyboard Club Jam 2017

Wales' Bodyboarders congregate for the 2017 Welsh Bodyboard Club Jam.


Last Saturday (16 September 2017) the WBC’s Autumn Jam was held in challenging 2ft clean conditions on Llangennith beach, South Wales. After a chilly 9:30am meet in the car park the competitors made their way to the north end of the beach where 1-2ft wedgey peaks were starting to emerge. The competitors were split into two 30 minute heats, followed by a repercharge and a 5 man final. We started promptly to ensure that the competitors got the best out of the conditions.

Round one saw some tight pocket spins from Keith Usher and some solid rolls from Dave Collett mean that they progressed comfortably into the final 5 man final. In round 2 Mark Griffiths linked up some smooth combos - somehow managing to link 2 spins and a roll on a ½ foot section to finish first in the heat! Not to be outdone, Alex Clark was hot on his heels with a series of linking manoeuvres of his own which saw him finishing in second.

The repercharge round was a quick 10 minute heat allowing the knocked out competitors to have a 2nd throw of the dice. Steve McDonald made the most of the opportunity and confidently landed a roll on a challenging section, meaning he went through to the final.

The final saw Keith Usher, David Collett, Alex Clark, Mark Griffiths and Steve McDonald face off in the weakening 2ft conditions. David Collett set a high standard by launching a large projected roll from a closeout section to impress the judges. Alex Clark and Keith Usher each combined some nifty pocket manoeuvre combos to stay within touching distance. However, the confident riding and combos of Mark Griffiths were a force to be reckoned with and he bust out a couple of solid spin/ roll combos which couldn’t be equalled, giving him first place. In the weakening swell nobody could match his lead with Dave Collett’s impressive roll landing him second place and Keith’s smooth pocket spins meant he just pipped Alex to third.

After the prizes were awarded the contestants retreated to the warmth of the Kings Head pub for some hard earned refreshments! Big thanks to all who made it down and the sponsors who make these events possible.

Keep your eyes peeled for future events on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.

The WBC Committee


1st Mark (Splinter) Griffiths
2nd Dave Collett
3rd Keith Usher
4th Alex Clark
5th Steve McDonald

Big thanks to Rob Cross for pics.

Section Bodyboarding Charity Event Cancelled

Unfortunately Section Bodyboarding have had to cancel their Charity Event which was due to run this weekend.

Here's the latest from event organiser and Section Bodyboarding founder Ben Howard...

"Regretably, we have had to postpone the Section Bodyboarding Charity fundraiser contest this weekend due to a poor forecast. 20 knot NW winds at 6 second period simply doesn't cut it for a decent contest.
A decision has been made to run the contest in Spring to secure judges, lifeguards and staff for the event. We have also talked to the beach owners in respect of having a holding period so that we have the best chance of putting on a good event.
Sorry for any inconvenience caused but I am sure you can understand why we have come to this decision".

The Welsh Bodyboard Club however have confirmed that their social event will run this weekend, with £1 of each entry in to the jam/comp going towards the Section Bodyboarding Event.

Machen Trail Builders Jam

On the Sunday of August Bank Holiday weekend we witnessed the 'Machen Trail Builders' Jam. For those in the know, nestled high on the mountain above the small village of Machen, lays some of Wales' most intense and technical mountain bike trails. Trails that even the most advanced riders have to sit back, scratch their head, and work out how they're going to negotiate the complex lines consisting of fast berms, big jumps, and huge north shore drops.


These trails have been produced and maintained religiously by a small group of friends who wanted something to ride that would push themselves and others. Their creation has seen people coming from far and wide and has been enjoyed by riders from across the country. Unfortunately, due to a disease which is now very common in British woodlands, the trails are now at threat due to the felling of the trees. It is because of this the boys decided to hold an event, as a farewell to their labour of love. 

After a long, sweaty, humid walk up the side of the mountain, we finally found the riders congregating around a gazebo setup near the north-shore style sections. Staying clear of the trail lines of course with other riders jamming it out through the various sections. There was a great atmosphere in the air, along with some chilled tunes and the smell of the wheel barrow come BBQ getting ready to cook burgers. The boys had even gone through the trouble of dragging crates of beer and cider up the mountain at the modest cost of £1 a go. Marty Pearce took place on the megaphone, doing a fine job conducting the days mini-competitions whilst commentating.

Just as things were ready to roll - during a free ride session - Owain Rees grabbed the first prize of the day, courtesy of of course, for the biggest off of the day - breaking his Collar bone before things had even kicked off properly!!! Once everyone had dusted off the cobwebs (or washed them away with a beer) everyone headed up to the top of the trail named 'Kenneth' for the first event of the jam - "The Whip Off" which was over the top double. 

For over 20 minutes the boys jammed it out in continuos trains of over 15 riders. Massive whips where going down, along with various no hander/footer combos. Notable efforts from both the local boys Downsey, Mike Yorath and Stoney Taylor, along with Team Skene rider Kyle Fletcher who took the prize, but very kindly handed them over to 14 year old Rhys Barter who stole the show hitting the big boys jumps for the first time! Sick effort kiddo! Marty dished further Tafia T-shirts as prizes for the best efforts including one to Machen Trail Builder - Mike Yorath!

Everyone then headed down to the hip section of "Kenneth", making a pit stop at the gazebo for another beer and burger, ready for the biggest flat. Once again crazy riding took place, soaring through the trees with perfect lighting for photos. Stand out riders being the Beasley bro's and James Shortman, along with some of the Bike Park Wales crew. After that everyone headed back to the gazebo and jammed the rest of the day though 'till dark. A couple of the boys even done the duties and headed all the way down the mountain to carry more beers up!

A sick day was had by all, and certainly did the track justice on its testimonial day. It won't be long now before the loggers move in and take the trees, along with the track away. We are now talking only a matter of weeks, so if you want to ride that section you never got round to, get up there now! One thing the Machen Trail Builders would like to thank is all of those that attended and made it great day. They promise us they will be back though, bigger and better than ever! ;) 

Haverfordwest Skatepark Jam '16

The Haverfordwest Skatepark Jam 2016 is on this weekend and once again we're pleased to be able to sponsor the event! We've sent some goodies, along with other sponsors, and looking at who else is contributing it's set to be the biggest and best event that they've ever had! 

Head on down and show your skills, or just head down to enjoy the day and show your support. The event will filmed and broadcast live and we hope to be able to share with you through our site. The event runs from midday until 6pm on Saturday 23rd July at Haverfordwest Skatepark, Picton playing fields - SA61 1UG. 

Don't forget our 'Heat Wave' Skate photo competition is still running and goes on into September. This could be a perfect opportunity for you to get your shots together for the competition and we have prizes for both the rider and photog' of our a favourite entry, along with goodies for runners up! Get amongst it!!!!