Yesterday saw the first UK Pro Surf Tour event held at the UK’s only inland surf park. With a packed crowd and an unusual competition format featuring sudden death knock out rounds, the eager spectators were treated to an awesome display of surfing from the country’s top pros.
With an early (and cold) start, the competition got underway with the juniors heading out first. Initial rounds were scored the traditional way by judges awarding points for quality and quantity of manoeuvres as well as commitment to turns (wave selection is obviously not an issue here). The top 8 scoring surfers then progressed to the man on man knockout stages for the quarters, semis and finals.
After seeing some of the UK’s brightest young talent (looking very promising for Tokyo 2020!) the junior comp was won by Bude’s Kit Innes. The women’s division was taken in a very close final by the only ‘local’ in the competition Jo Dennison (the head surf coach at Surf Snowdonia). As the light began to fade the Men’s Open final got underway and after a tight battle Jobe Harris from Bude finally clinched it.
With such a fantastic spectator turn and excellent media coverage including a slot on ITV news it looks certain that this competition will become a permanent fixture on the UK Pro Surf Tour.