Last weekend was the weekend of the Personnel Solutions Surfaced Pro competition, the first stop in the 2017 UK Professional Surfing Tour. It was a great weekend; we saw large crowds and we were really lucky with the weather. We had wonderful summery weather on Saturday, and after a wet start on Sunday, we were blessed with some blue skies and sunshine!
The event showed great surfing from all categories but the Under 12’s was a particular eye opener, as the level of skill at such an early stage in their surfing experience was truly great to watch.
All classes at the event offered excellent surfing which was great to see. The Under 16’s, Under 18’s and Women’s classes were all won by one of the UK’s most promising female surfers, Ellie Turner. Ellie has only recently returned from Portugal where she was on the podium, winning positions against some of the world’s top professional surfers.
The men’s surfing was great to watch also, and featured 3 world class surfers fighting it out head-to-head with some exceptional manoeuvres. Unfortunately, the surf was not at its best on Sunday which prevented some photography opportunities but that didn’t stop the competitors from wowing the audience with some fast and high-impact tricks.
We had a fantastic time at the competition and were very proud to have been involved with such a high-profile event which was so rewarding for both competitors and spectators. It is a pleasure to see how this sport offers so much to the young people who are up and coming, and to the established surfers in the community who are so inspiring the younger generation. The many people who we met that are involved in different aspects of the surfing industry were all so supportive and encouraging of this which was great to see.
Managing Director, Matthew Sherratt:
“I’d like to say special thanks to Dave Reed for organising the event with UK Pro Surf Association and Cornwall College, to the students of the college for all their hard work and commitment in ensuring the event came together over the weekend, to the RNLI for paying close attention to all the competitors and bathers/free surfers in the sea and making sure they were all safe. Special thanks go to the competitors for taking part, the spectators for supporting the event and go to Nick on the PA for keeping us abreast of competitor progress/results, event commentary, his humour and helping to showcase our business with all the spectators.”
To read the UK Pro Surf Association’s blog post about the weekend and to see a list of the results from the competition, please click here.