A welcome home party has been held for Newquay surfers who represented England in the world championships.

Newquay Boardriders came together at Fistral Beach Bar to celebrate the achievements of six of its junior members who competed in International Surfing Association championships held in El Salvador.

Lila Skinner, Sunny Ingram, Lauren Sandland, Jago Tasker, Fynn Gillespie and Lukas Skinner helped England to a 15th place out of 51 countries.

Sunny Ingram ( )

Club chairman Eddee “Edward” Wilson took to the stage to welcome everyone and to call up each member of the team one at a time and thanked them for representing Newquay Boardriders in such a positive light amongst the world junior surfing elite.

Ben ‘Skindog’ Skinner, who was one of the Team England coaches and was himself a finalist in this year’s world long board championships held in El Salvador, took the opportunity to not only congratulate his team on its result but also commended them on their impeccable behaviour and attitude throughout the whole event. 

His son Lukas Skinner, who is the reigning under 16 world Rip Curl grom search champion, posted near perfect scores throughout the competition eventually coming away with a silver medal for the second consecutive year.

Lukas took to the stage proudly wearing his second-place medal as the youngest members of the club lined up to get their surfing hero’s autograph. 

Lila is the under 14 and under 16 girls English champion, Sunny Ingram is the English under 16 girls runner up and 2024 Newquay Boardriders  Cold Water Classic women’s champion and Lauren Sandland is the British women’s open champion.

Lila Skinner ( )

Jago Tasker is the under 16s Jesus Surf Classic champion and under 16 boys English national finalist and Fynn Gillespie is the Newquay Boardriders Memorial Day under 16 under 18 and open men’s champion and English National finalist.

Fynn Gillespie ( )

Lukas Skinner (Photo: Pablo Jimenez) ( )

Gazza Collins from Newquay Boardriders said: “The evening was packed with club members, associates, sponsors, families and an abundance of excited young grommet surfers from the club who had come along to witness the club heroes and congratulate them all for their achievements on the world surfing stage.”

Newquay Boardriders also acknowledged at the event the efforts of its members who competed in the 2024 English Junior Championships held at Watergate Bay.

Ellie Hickie came first in the under 12 girls event, Arabella Peres third and Mila barber 4th. Harvey Waters came first in the under 12 boys and Zeek Streeter was 3rd.

Jenson Martin finished 2nd in the under 14 boys and Joshi James 3rd whilst Lila Skinner was 1st in the under 14 girl’s.

Next up on the Boardriders calendar is the North Shore pro cadet series which is set to start on Friday, June 14. Competitors as young as four-years-old will be taking part.