The first round of the UKPSA Pro Surf Tour went off with a bang last weekend with solid overhead, clean surf. Early Saturday morning saw bright summer sunshine and solid 6-8 foot lines rolling into Watergate Bay. And for the first time in UK surfing history, audiences were treated to a live broadcast of the whole event, marking a significant step forward in UK Pro Surfing.
Ben Sousek from event sponsor Quiksilver said “it was great working with Dave and the UK Pro Surf team on the 1st leg of the tour. The event came together with solid and often challenging conditions but it was good to see all competitors raised their performance to match the conditions. Particularly stoked to see some good results for our teamriders Emily Currie and Sol Hawkins. Looking forward to the rest of the tour this year.”
Saturday saw a large swell rolling in with light offshore winds, making for near perfect but challenging conditions for the pros. First to hit the water was the Fistral Beach Men’s Open division, and right from the outset Jay Quinn showed he was on form for the event, despite admitting to having achilles heel problems. Luke Dillon, Jobe Harris and last years Tour Champion Reubyn Ash all delivered the goods and made it through to the finals.
Not to be outdone, the Women’s Open paddled out in the still boisterous surf and showed they could handle the size too. Recently crowned English Champion Lucy Campbell, Emily Williams, Emily Currie and Surf Snowdonia’s own Jo Dennison making the final cut.
Day 2 brought a slight decrease in size with the swell breaking up a bit but still great contestable head high waves. Nerf Clash of the Groms divisions got underway and took us through to the finals. With the sun still shining, the days activities attracted a substantial crowd of surf fans on the beach and by the middle of the afternoon the finals got under way.
In a toughly contested Men’s Open final, Luke Dillon showed some mettle busting his trademark power moves. But even he couldn’t match Jay Quinn’s on form display, and had to settle for second.
Jo Dennison showed that training in a wave pool every morning pays off and the girls couldn’t touch her in the Women’s Open final, even though it was her first contest in real waves for quite some time.
As always, big shout goes out to our fantastic event sponsors for their support Quiksiver, Roxy, Nerf, Korev, The Boardmasters Foundation, Fistral Beach, Cornwall College, Season Surf and Watergate Bay. Next up, the Night Surf in July!