A chilly October Saturday night saw Newquay’s Luke Dillon win the Smart Parking Night Surf, defeating both UKPSA Pro Surf Tour title contenders, Reubyn Ash and Jay Quinn in a dramatic final under the floodlights at Fistral Beach. However Reubyn finishing third was enough to secure him the UKPSA Pro Surf Tour Men’s title and £5000 prize money.
In the Women’s Division Ellie Turner turned up the heat in the last few minutes to defeat Peony Knight, Megan Chapman and Emily Currie. Another second place for Currie was enough to win her the overall Tour title for the year.
Barnaby Cox stole the show in the Nerf Clash of the Groms Under 18 Boys. Not only winning the event but in doing so taking the tour trophy. Bude’s Ellie Turner also won the Under 18 Girls on the night, but the Nerf Clash of the Groms Tour division went to Lily Mandeville.
In The Under 16 Boys Noah Capps dominated the division taking the Event Title and the tour. Capps had a stellar year winning four back to back events.
The Season Surf Under 16 Girls was won by 11 year old Lauren Sandland who also won the Under 14 Girls and finished runner up in the Under 18 and Under 12 Girls showing she is definitely one to watch for the future. In addition she clinched Tour titles in the Under 14 and Under 12 Girls. However, congratulations must also go to Alys Barton from Wales who also had an amazing year and took the Under 16 Girls Tour Title.
The Under 14 Boys was won by Sam Hearn. He also took the tour title for the second year in a row. His main rival was Lukas Skinner who pushed him right up to the end.
Fynn Gillespie won the U12 boys surfing in some of the most extreme conditions their age group have ever competed in. He also won the 2018 tour, defeating Lukas Skinner by just 5 points, the narrowest margin of victory this year.
The under 12 Girls division was new to the tour for 2018 and provided a fantastic platform for development, encouraging younger girls to compete. The Tour Champion was Lauren Sandland, but taking her first event win was Belle Betteridge.
Dave Reed Tour Director commented “The event was one of the most challenging we have ever put on. Postponed from July because of flat surf during the summer heat wave and now running in extreme surf and weather. However, this did not blunt the performances of the surfers as we saw spectacular surfing and worthy winners crowned. I would like to thank Smart Parking for their sponsorship along with Korev, Fistral Beach, Cornwall college, Nerf, Season Surf, Newquay BID, Fistral beach bar for without them we would not have an event”. Adding “Would also like to thank Sumo Media for providing events live to the world free through online streaming.”
We are now looking forward to 2019 where the tour will go from strength to strength. Which will include equal prize money across men’s and women’s divisions.