WEYMOUTH’S Ryan Stout emphasised his growing reputation in British beach volleyball with a fantastic win at the Croyde Beach tournament.
Rather playing in teams, the Croyde event is run so that players enter as individuals and then play with different partners throughout the weekend with the player scoring most points taking the title.
On the Saturday, in dreadful playing conditions, Stout won through the early round to take his place in the final group of four.
Here he came up against Great Britain squad player Jake Sheaf, Martin Stroo from the Czech Republic and Jonathan Garrard from Brighton.
Stout was the underdog of the four players but won all his matches to become the youngest ever winner of this prestigious competition.
Stout is now back training hard in preparation for the world Under-19 event in Greece next month where he will be playing alongside his partner from Poole, Mat Hunter.
This will be the highest level of competition the two will have ever competed in so they will be off to Greece a couple of weeks in advance so that they can get in some intensive training in preparation.
Meanwhile, back on Weymouth Beach the Go Spike League reached week eight. Unfortunately the evening clashed with England’s Euro match so the entries were down but the evening still produced its usual thrills.
Reaching the final for the first time was Stephen Williamson, who was partnered by Craig Bishop and they came up against the league leader Dom Cosserat and his partner Rob Semmence.
The match started evenly with Williamson and Bishop pulling out a slight lead until the halfway mark but then Cosserat and Semmence showed all their experience and forced their opponents into mistakes and built up a considerable lead before going on to win 21-15.
The players now just have one more week to try to claim a place in the top eight so that they reach the play-offs in the final week.