Albee Layer steals the inaugural Red Bull Unleashed

September 20, 2015 | Surfing
Albee Layer: the first stadium surf champ | Photo: Pignataro/Red Bull

Hawaiian freesurfer Albee Layer has won the inaugural Red Bull Unleashed, at Surf Snowdonia, in North Wales.

The world’s first ever stadium-style surf contest attracted more than 2,000 spectators to Europe’s first artificial surf pool. The competition was held in a best of five, man-on-man format. Jordy Smith saw the show and enjoyed it.

"You both have an equal opportunity, and there's no two ways about it, the best surfer always wins. The crowd's right above you, as close as you can possibly get to someone on a wave. It's an arena for those who can feed off the energy of the crowd,” noted Smith.

The audience was less than ten feet away from the surfers and, in the end, Albee Layer defeated Billy Stairmand in the best of five wave clash.

"I didn't know what to expect coming here, but it's been incredible. Surfing so close to so many people, music playing, heaps of energy in the air, to get the win is crazy. If more events were like this, I'd do them!” expressed Layer.

Red Bull Unleashed 2015 | Final

Albee Layer (HAW), 3 def. Billy Stairmand (NZL), 1

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