A Porthcawl Surf School has made its mark by bringing home two wins at the Quiksilver/City Surf Welsh National Surfing Championships at Freshwater West last Sunday.
Cressey's Surf Academy Head Coach and owner, South African born Ingemar Cressey took home the prestigious Welsh National Champion title in the Senior division; whilst another of their Surf Coaches, Caerphilly born Amy Murphy came second overall in the Ladies Open, in what was her first ever surfing competition.
"We are delighted with the results" said Ingemar, "The Welsh Surfing Federation worked really hard on what was a fantastic competition and a great weekend - it is encouraging to see so much surfing talent in Wales and we are obviously thrilled to have two wins for our surf school! We're really proud of Amy to achieve so much in her first competition, and it has been fantastic for me personally to start to get back into competitive surfing."
Originally from East London, South Africa, Ingemar was previously sponsored by Billabong, and had competed in surf competitions across the world for over 18 years, whilst working as a Lifeguard and Surf Instructor. Upon moving to the UK he embarked on the UK Pro Tour, but soon put the competitive life to one side to concentrate on developing his surfing business. He settled in Wales after marrying his Pembrokeshire born wife, and five years later has a 2 year old son and growing family run surf school to add to his achievements. Already a South African Surfing Champion, adding a Welsh National title to his trophy cabinet has meant a lot.
"Wales is home now," added Ingemar, "and I'm passionate about helping to promote and develop surfing here. I had such great opportunities growing up by the beach in South Africa, I want to encourage others to make the most of the outdoors and the great coastline Wales has to offer - whilst the sun may not shine as much as in SA, you can still catch some good waves here!"
This year also saw Cressey's Surf Academy become the first Academy of Surfing Instructors (ASI) accredited school in Wales. The ASI is the Australian based world standard in surf education, and the world leader in identifying and developing learn to surf skills for beginner through to advanced levels, including educational resources for schools, also available at Cressey's Surf Academy. The surf school uses these resources with their Junior Surf Academy programme - which Ingemar hopes will help to develop more national champions.
"Surfing is a growing industry in Wales, the UK and the world," said Ingemar, "it's a fantastic sport for developing mental and physical fitness, as well as environmental awareness. Hopefully with programmes such as our Junior Surf Academy, and the commitment of the Welsh Surfing Federation to investing in and developing home grown talent it won't be long before we have Welsh champions carving up the international surf scene as well."
For further information on Cressey's Surf Academy visit www.cresseyssurfacademy.com or contact Ingemar Cressey on m: 07502 124030 e: firstname.lastname@example.org.