The best of Britain’s surfers were crowned champions on Sunday night at an awards evening which celebrated the achievements of our talented individuals, and the UK surfing industry.
Held at the Carnmarth hotel in Newquay and hosted by the UK Pro Surf Tour, the evening kicked off with a formal dinner, followed by a 25-minute video which showcased highlights from this year’s tour events.
The presentations began with five awards from surf and wellbeing charity The Wave Project, including Volunteer of the Year, awarded to Welsh surfer Hannah Cornish.
The surf awards recognised the talents of individuals, from the most inspiring surfer of the year to the most improved surfer. Newquay surfer Luke Dillon, who this year made a quest to join the world’s elite surfers on the WSL, cleaned up by winning the Surfers’ Choice Award, Carve Magazine’s Best UK Male Surfer Competing Internationally and UKPSA Services to the Sport of Surfing.
The awards also included our very own ‘Best Surf School‘ award, won by Hugh and the team at Porthcawl Surf School.
The UKPSA presented trophies to the division winners as well as the overall open champion and women’s champion. Bude surfer Ellie Turner took away the Surf Girl Best UK Female Surfer Competing Internationally award plus the 2016 women’s champion accolade.
It’s been a fantastic year for UK surfing, and we can’t wait for the 2017 tour!
Photo by Jason Feast Photography