- 23 March 2009 | Surfing
The 2009 UK Pro Surf Tour is back, the first event scheduled over the Whitsun Bank holiday weekend, the Saltrock Open comes to Croyde Beach, and if the past events are anything to go by, we could be in for a treat.
The long Whitsun weekend of the 23rd / 24th / 25th May is later in the year for the event and therefore open to more surfers as they return from their winter training.
We will see surfers of all ages and abilities travel to Devon’s most celebrated break, possibly one of the best Beach Breaks in the country, to take part in what has traditionally become one of the most important stops on the tour. This first tour pit-stop has grown in stature over the years thanks to epic conditions and some heroic performances from the best surfers in the country.
Saltrock remain proud sponsors of this prominent leg of the tour, which will feature 4 main categories: Men’s Open, Pro-Juniors, Women’s Open and the Groms Tour. The Groms Tour includes 3 categories of its own; an Under-12s Open, an Under-16 Boys and Under-16 Girls. Saltrock are keen to maintain their support of young surfers and invest in the future of British surfing.
Saltrock has been a prominent part of the North Devon surfing community for over 20 years, and is again proud to be hosting a showcase event in their spiritual home of Croyde. This event will be the first of a nine event tour which spans the UK and Northern Ireland.
Last year there were many highlights and fantastic displays of contemporary surfing. With surf conditions varying from to two to four feet, the eventual winner of the Open was Mark Harris who narrowly defeated Matt Capel on a count-back. In the Women’s division it was Nicole Morgan who set the standard for the rest of the year, by taking out this event and then going on to win the tour title, only losing one heat in the process.
Relentless Energy drink will also be supporting the event giving £250 for the best Aerial of the contest and providing plenty of refreshment to keep the surfers going.
As usual, this year’s contest will be celebrated on Saturday night with a party in a prominent local pub.