- 15 June 2009 | Surfing
The hard work is over and the Gul night surf ticked all the right boxes. The weather was fantastic, the quality of waves and performances from British surfers, was amongst the best we have seen at a UK surf event and thousands of people turned up at Fistral beach, Newquay.
Alan Stokes wins the Gul Night surf with a spectacular display of surfing, scoring a perfect 10 on the way to the final. Alan now has the most wins for an individual event on the UK Pro Surf Tour, making it three times over the nine year history of the competition. Runner up was local surfer Tom Butler, who must have put on the most improved performance by any individual surfer and was unlucky to loose out in the final, despite scoring the best wave of the heat. Third place went to Reubyn Ash of Bude, whose semi final heat raised the bar for the other surfers. Fourth place went to Oli Adams who failed to catch the better waves coming through in the heat.
Jo Denison from Pembrokeshire dominated the Women’s event throughout all her heats, also taking the Queen of the wave award, for the highest Women’s scoring wave of 9.5, sponsored by King of watersports.com. Second place went to Gwen Spurlock of Swansea making it her second runners up place on the Tour. First time finalised Laura Crane who normally competes in the under 16 Girls division took third place, followed by forth place for Hannah Harding of Totnes.
Ben Skinner in the Longboard category took first place making it two years in a row of UK Pro Surf Tour titles at the Night Surf. Second place went to Nathan carter, followed by James Parry and Adam Griffiths.
- 14 June 2009 | Surfing
Owen Wright (Australia) has won the 10th annual Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) six star PRIME rated World Qualifying Series (WQS) .
It was a monumental high scoring final, described by numerous ASP officials at this event as the greatest final they have ever seen.
This final had everything with both surfers forcing each other to new heights combining superb power surfing with new age aerial moves.
The final scores saw Owen Wright on 19.23 out of a possible 20 to Gudauskas on 18.93.
Wright’s second ride in the final of 9.83 was decisive, pulling two major aerial manoerveres along with a series of fully powered on face vertical turns.
While that wave opened up a serious lead, Gudauskas challenged hard on his second ride driving through a series of powerful top to bottom turns but just fractionally mistimed his final floating re entry and fell. The wave was still awarded an outstanding 8.94, many believed had he landed that final turn it would have been his second perfect 10 point ride for the event.
- 13 June 2009 | Surfing
The Night has arrived, the Gul Night Surf is this weekend and the surfs’ up!!! With only 3 weeks to organise the legendary event and save the night surf we have done it. The weather is looking good and the swell is on it’s way.
The Gul Night Surf has attracted a world class line up, with Britain’s top surfer and Gul team rider Russell Winter back from the Maldives and looking forward to surfing his home break.
We would like to thank all our sponsors for making this happen, it was only 4 weeks ago that the night surf did not have an official sponsor. Gul stepped in to save the event with the help of many local company’s. They include: Britanic Industries, Fistral Blu, Anns Cottage, Beach Night Club and Custard Point Surfboards.
Rob Harris of Anns Cottage comments "Its great to be sponsoring the Night Surf event, making sure it stays in Newquay" adding "Supporting this event helps to raise the profile of the sport, encouraging future development" Gul merchandise will be for sale in Anns Cottage at Fistral Beach.
The event is centred around the Fistral surf complex which is the perfect place for developing the Gul Night Surf and establishing it for the coming years. “The Event has been organised in a very short time and I can’t thank enough everybody who has helped to organise the event.
The Fistral surf centre is such a great venue and with the new beach bar / café open we can really utilise everything the complex has to offer. We are looking forward to this weekend as it always attracts huge crowds” (Jake Patterson Gul Brand manager). In addition to the event the beach complex is offering free Night time (after 6pm) parking to local people through the Newquay Voice newspaper.
The event is obviously a surf event, but there will also be some fantastic free entertainment over the weekend from, live bands to burlesque dancers! The live Music will start from 8:00pm with the following acts. Saturday night will be the closing night with a spectacular firework show. So come down for a memorable surf competition.
Friday – Jamie and the Magic Sunbeams & Dean O'Donnell followed by DJ Paul Reeves After Party Beach Night Club
Saturday - Skin Tight (Funk), Jamie and the Magic Sunbeams & Andy Walker followed by DJ Paul Reeves - After Party Beach Night Club