Johnny Fryer: he came from the deep ocean shadows

Johnny Fryer won the Saltrock Open 2011, in Croyde. The best UK surfers battled in the 3-4ft waves in six surfing divisions. Great performances were seen by all fans out in the beach.

The Men’s Open was strongly contested as predicted and was rounded off by a great final. The lead went back and forth throughout the final with Alan Stokes leading most of the way, then Russell Winter came back strongly only to be overtaken by new champion Johnny Fryer on the last wave of the heat.

The Women’s Open was won by Australian surfer Amy Stewart, and local Stuart Campbell put in a great performance to win the Pro Junior event.

The King of Watersports awards for the highest scoring waves went to Russell Winter with an 8.67 and to Lucy Campbell with an 8.5, both received on the final day of the contest.

"Another successful Saltrock contest despite the challenging conditions on the last day. With record entries and great support from Saltrock and Nike 6.0 as well as Marley Mellow Mood and Relentless plus numerous other organisations this well established event will go from strength to strength", says Dave Reed, UKPSA Director.

There was a great vibe at the contest with a good strong turnout and loads of spectators despite the grey skies and the rain. Christian Surfers did a great job keeping everyone well fed and watered with fabulous burgers, steaming teas and coffees and an endless supply of Relentless and Marley’s Mellow Mood.

Saltrock Open 2011 results:

Mens Open

1st Johnny Fryer
2nd Russell Winter
3rd Alan Stokes
4th Jayce Robinson

Women’s Open

1st Amy Stewart
2nd Gwen Spurlock
3rd Lucy Campbell
4th Celine Gehret

Pro Junior

1st Stuart Campbell
2nd Alex Baker
3rd Luis Eyre
4th Luke Dillon

U16 Boys

1st Will Davey
2nd Harry DeRoth
3rd Max Payne
4th Angus Scotney

U16 Girls

1st Lucy Campbell
2nd Flora Lawton
3rd Emilie Currie
4th Georgia Timson

U12 Final

1st Liam Murray Strout
2nd Cieran Hughes
3rd Gabriel Ley
4th Sonny Timson