Gul Night Surf: the dark side of surfing...

Yet again we were blessed with amazing sun & fun contestable waves for this years Gul Night Surf event at Fistral beach, Newquay.

The event kicked off on Friday with the evening host to a pretty fierce SUP battle as the tide pushed up.

In near darkness Tim Mellors, Elliot Dudley, Alex Murray & Chris ‘Guts’ Griffiths battled it out, briefly appearing as they came within the floodlit inside section. It was that good looking welsh god Chris Griffiths who beat his fellow countryman Elliot along with Tim Mellors & Alex Murray into 1st place.

Watch the video highlights, HERE.

The evening continued well into the wee hours with many continuing to discover what Newquay has to offer at night!

The Saturday saw similar conditions with an expected increase in swell size later in the day. The standard of the surfing internationally is mind blowing with groms mixing it up with experienced veterans of the contest scene. As the day progressed there were a few standouts, the SA boys were putting on a great show with Mike Young progressing into the quarters of the Mens open only to be taken down by Reubyn & Joss Ash & Toby Donachie from St Merryn. Newquays Mark ‘Egor’ Harris couldn’t quite find the waves to get past Johnny Fryer & Gordon Fontaine to reach the final.

Gordon Fontaine went onto a convincing win over Reubyn Ash in second followed by Luis Eyre from Portugal with Johnny Fryer taking fourth.

Anne Cecille surfed her way to a convincing win again with Nicole Morgan in second, Gwen Spurlock third & Hannah Harding from Devon in fourth. It was a close womens final & so good to see the talent emerging in womens surfing.

The higher tide was a great arena for the longboard finals with Ben Skinner promoting his new tipple ‘Skindog’ & absolutely ripping. It wasnt going to be an easy ride though with Adam Griffiths, Elliot Dudley & Ben Haworth going just as hard. In the end it was Skindog fuelled on his new beer that took first followed by Adam in second, Ben Haworth in 3rd & Elliot in 4th.

The evening was well underway by that point & despite the screen being taken down everyone seemed to be intent on partying hard well into the wee hours.

Sunday morning saw an increase in swell & less winds at first, carfuls of groms were frothing to get at it & not even a carpark full of parents was going to stop them!

In the under 12’s it was Liam Murray Strout pulling all the moves out of the bag beating Max Payne, Will Bailey & Harry de Roth to first place.

The under 16 girls saw the swell increasing & constant suprises as these girls paddle out into an ever improving Headland peak, congratulations to Laura Crane from Croyde who got first followed by Flora Lawton in second place, Jaide Lowe in third & Lucy Campbell in fourth.

As the swell continued to build a few mini grom bombs were being ripped to pieces by the Under 16’s boys. Miles hargreaves form Bournemouth silenced critics with a solid win beating Luke Dillon (2nd) , Jobe Harris (3rd) & Will Davey (4th).

The stage was well & truly set for a Pro Junior show down with still baking sun & good head high sets coming through at North Fistral, Lewis linton was representing Newquay in a very red wetsuit, he got a few good waves early on but as the wind got stronger the peak was shifting making wave selection more & more difficult.

In the end it was Stuart Campbell in first place, Aaron Evans in second followed by Luis Eyre from Portugal in third & Lewis in fourth.


SOURCE: Gul