Surf kayaks: Ireland take Jersey’s World crown

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Her success, and that of team newcomer Robert O’Brien who qualified for the junior semi-finals, helped to reduce the pain for the whole team after they were beaten into fourth place in the team finals yesterday, and relinquished the world championship crown they won two years ago, to the Ireland team.Yesterday’s event went very much as predicted by Jersey team manager Stuart McGlinchey, with local knowledge of the area playing a vital part in Ireland’s win.’We knew within about the first three heats that Ireland had it – it was obvious their knowledge counted for a lot.

We were pretty disappointed with fourth but that’s the way it goes,’ he said.

‘When we saw the waves on the Easky break yesterday there was just a tiny wave, so we moved here, to Tullan.

The waves were very aggressive – then they became very confused with a swell coming from the west and a swell from the north, not ideal conditions for a world championship.

There are times in any sport when it all goes for you, yesterday was not like that.”Today, though, on the same beach, there are nice waves, the sun is shining again, and we’re happy.

We know that Paul Perchard and James Robertson are our best individual paddlers, Chris Ollivier stands a pretty good chance in the Masters and Ailsa’s the best lady – though Zona looks good today, so we’re optimistic,’ he said.As for yesterday’s waves, McGlinchey joked: ‘They were so confused we decided they needed serious counselling.’Team event final results: 1, Ireland 48 pts; 2, England 41 pts; 3, USA West 38 pts; 4, Jersey 33 pts.

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