A POWYS athlete continues to make waves in the world of international surfing.

Oliver Vaughan-Jones, originally from Montgomery, took part in the ISA World Championships and then the Para Surf league global finals in Huntington Beach, California.

He said: “The ISA World Championships was an amazing experience with a huge parade through the famous surf town of Huntington beach to kick off and a great opening ceremony. 

“I did struggle in my heats and didn’t get through mainly due to taking fall and breaking my board the night before the contest start.”

Vaughan-Jones enjoyed better fortunes in the finals of the Para Surf League.


County Times: Oliver Vaughan-Jones (third left) in California.Oliver Vaughan-Jones (third left) in California.

He said: “I managed to place third in the Para Surf League final event and even beating world number two in my second heat which was first time I’d been in such control of a heat. 

“When all points tallied that gave me an overall placing of bronze in the entire league, as you can imagine, I’m pretty happy. A massive medal to boot.”

The 39 year old added: “I flew back last week and the squad was treated very well by British Airways.

“I’ve been resting up ever since with both beaten up body and a beaten up surfboard that needs repairing along with a broken down wheelchair, so the full triple rebuild is in progress.”

Earlier in the year the former Bishop’s Castle and Welshpool High School pupil claimed bronze at the European Para Surfing Championships in Spain.