Yes, I am really excited by the response from people in the various regions.... most had already been thinking about it and it just seemed to take the knowledge that others were keen to get the ball rolling!
Zack, the sky is the limit - if there is interest in another area for a competition all it will take is someone or a small group committed to it to make it happen. Spey Pages is just the umbrella sponsor for the CSCC, the events are run by their own committees - so talk to your buddies and get planning!
Bruce, individual committees may choose to have an under 18' division, that would be fun... but CND will need to sell a few more Beastests so there will be enough competitors
The CSCC is definitely a work in progress, I am sure that we will experience some growing pains over the first few years, but I do believe there is enough interest out there to make it work.
While I do not forsee the serious nature of of British competitions I do believe that the spirit of friendly competition has much to offer the everyday caster. I can relate this from my own experience over the past four years that I have attended Spey-O-Rama. I will flatly state that I am five times the better caster for the experience. What I saw from the world's best and what we talked about and shared really opened my eyes about casting which has not only improved my results in the pond - but has made me a more effective fisherman.
I highly recommend attending and better yet competing in some of these events. The biggest thing I learned over these last few years is the importance of little things in successful casting. The successful stringing together of a number of small skills is the difference between a 110' cast and a 150' cast. And by and large all the competitive casters I have met are more than willing to share techniques. If you want to learn it is the place to be. All in all it has been a fantastic experience and one I think would really go over well with everyday casters.
Without a doubt the toughest thing about competing is doing it for the first time. Once you get out there and try it you are hooked - it is challenging and very rewarding. You will immediately begin analyzing your performance and begin identifying the things you need to work on. It is a blast.
For those who are just not that competitive the organizers have all talked about an "Everyone's Contest". Those who have attended Marlow Bumpus' Jimmy Green Games at Rockport on the Skagit will be familiar with the idea. Basically everyone makes their best cast(s) and the winner is the caster who was closest to the average distance - it is a lot of fun.
Anyway, stay tuned - the Santium Spey Casters will be announcing their specifics soon.