June winners – children’s surfboard art competition

We had have hundreds of entries into our children’s surfboard art competition in since it started two months ago – congratulations to everyone who has taken part so far.

The overall winner for June is 8 year-old Cuba Chapman from Somerset, with a lovely ‘poppy’ design we thought had a typically British feel – we’ll be in touch soon about sending your prize, well done! The best artwork in the 13 to 16 age group was by 14 year-old Caleb Rapley with a Surfers Against Sewage design, and in the 9 to 12 age group it was 10 year-old Gracie Allen from Taunton. You can see the top entries from each of the three age categories in the gallery below.

Our judges have been really impressed with the high standard of entries, and the judging process has been really tough!

The competition is part of our 2012 exhibition ‘The Art of Surf’ and is being run in partnership with local award-winning board builder Gulf Stream.

Young people visiting the museum can let their imagination run riot and come up with designs they’d like to see on a surfboard. There are monthly prizes for our favourites in each age group, and the best overall art of the year will get shaped into a surfboard by craftsman Jools Matthews at Gulf Stream in Woolacombe – the board will then be auctioned to raise money for the museum charity.

Age groups are 5 to 8, 9 to 12 and 13 to 16.

Other children’s activities at the museum include our ‘spotter’s trail’ and unique ‘feely boxes’ – a bit like a ‘celebrity jungle’ challenge where you put your hands into tubes to discover what should and shouldn’t be on our beaches! It’s part of our local environment display supported by the North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Surfers Against Sewage.