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White Stuff Surf Relief Comes to UK Pro Surf Tour, Watergate Bay, Newquay Cornwall

Matt Capel Ukpst Photos Lucia Grigg

The third event on the UK Pro Surf Tour will be the White Stuff Surf Relief Contest to be held at Watergate Bay, Newquay. An event which has grown from strength to strength over the past four years and now includes the third leg of the UK Pro Surf Tour.

The current leader of the UK Pro Surf Tour, Matt Capel will be hoping to consolidate his position at the head of the pack, however with the amount of talented surfers in the draw it will be extremely difficult. An incredibly talented surfer, Nick White from New Zealand will be hoping to repeat his performance of last week when he won the Fat Face Night Surf event and Sam Lamiroy of Newcastle will also be looking to return to his former position at the top of the rankings after narrowly missing out on the final of the first two events on the tour.

In the women’s event, an inform Nicole Morgan from Ireland, who won the first two events on the tour this year will be keen to keep her advantage. However with Beth Mason from Wales back on the tour along with Easkey Britton from Ireland, who was a past winner of the tour, the competition will be fierce.

In the Grommets tour we have had dominant performances from Toby Donachie in the Under 16 Boys, Zoe Sheath in the Under 16 Girls and Ed Smith in the Under 12 Open. They also will have to be at their best if they wish to continue at the top of their respective ratings.

Dave Reed, contest director for the surf contest and tour commented: “It is fantastic that the tour will be part the Surf Relief event, many of the surfers will be pleased to compete at this event to not only improve their ratings on the UK Pro Surf Tour, but also support Surf Relief in their efforts to help disabled and disadvantaged children” adding “we are also please to be able to contribute all the entry fees from the event to the charity”.

Dave Manley, Chairman of Surf Relief commented: “Surfing is at the core of what Surf Relief is all about and having one of the of the UK Pro Tour competitions at our annual fund raising event adds further creditability to the charity.  The quality of surfing has always been high at our events with pro surfers supporting the charity from its inception 5 years ago; however with prize money and points for the tour champion at stake, this year the standard of surfing in all categories will be greater still.

On the Saturday of the event disabled and disadvantaged children and young people will be receiving lessons alongside the best surfers in the country who will be competing in the same waves – showing that surfing is really a sport for all.  With lots of beach events and live music on the beach I’m sure the White Stuff Surf Relief Festival 2008 will be one of the highlights on the 2008 UK Pro Tour”.

In addition to all the prizes given Relentless Energy Drink will be awarding £250 to the surfer who has the highest scoring wave of the event, which could come from the Open, Women’s or Grommet divisions.

Also taking place during the weekend will be: Live music with headline act Stereo MC’s, a surf lifesaving tournament, skydivers, games and activities to make the White Stuff Surf Relief Festival a great day out in the country this summer. Tickets for the live music are available from the Hall for Cornwall box office www.hallforcornwall.co.uk or 01872 262466.