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British Surf News up date, including the @A1surf retro event & UKsurf awards

An exciting period is approaching, big scary winter swells, warm winter rhino wetsuits, surf events as below and also the winding up of the ASP tour at Pipeline, will Kelly make it number 10? Will the Eddie go again? Will Mavericks go big, clean and get webcast for us to view?

But, to start with some very sad news > RIP VIV Ganz a true British surfing legend and guru for many including myself. He always had time for people and loved talking about the surf whilst in his office (Langland Bay Tennis Court). He helped me with advice when we started our junior surfing development courses. Viv will be missed by many. The service will at St Peters Church, Newton (not far from Langland Bay) at 13.00 October 26th more info and story can be viewed here > This is South Wales

The 2010 A1Surf.com Retro Board Challenge in association 

with Wittering Surf Shop

The A1Surf.com Retro Board Challenge in association with Wittering Surf Shop is back for another year on Saturday 30th  October at East Wittering

This legendary surf competition has two rules: 1) Competitors have to ride ‘retro’ surfboards, provided by Nick Cheshire; and 2) Surfers must wear fancy dress to compete.

David Somerville, from A1Surf.com said: “We love getting involved with the Retro Board Challenge as it’s such a fun event.

“Last year we had small waves, but sunshine and big crowds, so we’re just hoping for some bigger surf this year.

“Nick Cheshire, from Wittering Surf Shop said: “This event is so different to a normal comp in that the emphasis is on having a laugh with friends.

“The judges will score on good surfing, but also points are gained for costume and entertainment factor!

“We’ve introduced a reserve date of Saturday 27th November in case the surf is poor. We’ll make a call on Friday 29th October.”

The competition will be held at the bottom of Shore Road, East Wittering and spectators are welcome to come along and cheer on their favourite surfer.

Surfers looking to enter the comp should email david@a1surf.com or go visit Wittering Surf Shop. Places are limited so you’ll need to do this by Monday 25th October.

For more information visit A1Surf.com or call Wittering Surf Shop on 01243 672292.

 UK Surf Awards, November 14th 2010, Fistral Blu Bar and Restaurant

The UK Surf Awards in association with the UKPSA are the only awards that reward surfers from across the United Kingdom’s competitive community for their outstanding performance in the water and celebrate the achievements of talented individuals and the surfing industry as a whole.

Dubbed as the ‘Surfing Oscars’ this esteemed occasion brings together the UK’s surfing elite along with the professionals that make up the UK’s burgeoning surfing industry all against a glitzy backdrop of food, music and most importantly the prizes themselves. The awards encompass all divisions from the Boy’s and Girl’s Pro Junior to the Men’s and Women’s Open, along with the Longboard, and is representative of all corners of the UK scene. The tour is also proud to have the involvement of charities such as Christian Surfers, SAS and Groundswell.

The awards have been gaining momentum with each year that passes and last years event was bigger and better than ever with 250 people attending the ticketed prize giving supported by our media partners: Carve, Surfgirl, Wavelength, A1, Surfer’s Village and Pitpilot along with sponsorship from many of the big industry brands from the likes of Animal to Gul to name but a few. The crowd watched as Newquay’s Alan stokes and Swansea’s Gwen Spurlock were crowned UK Pro Surf Tour Champions alongside others who received trophies and prizes marking their achievements in 2009 in a wide range of categories from Carve Best Aerialist to the Pitpilot Best Underdog Award.

Now in its eighth year, and on November 14th at Newquay’s Fistral Blu Bar and Restaurant, the 2010 Surf Awards promises to be the biggest and best yet.  The night itself is a real celebration of UK Surfing: the industry professionals, the surfers, the biggest maneuvers, the best shots, as well as the UK pro tour.  These awards are all about recognising the breadth of surfing talent within the UK and continuing to raise the profile of UK surfing as it develops.

If you would like to get involved with this prestigious occasion and come along to help celebrate the UK’s thriving surf scene alongside the cream of UK surfing then please contact:

Kate Ardron

Tickets are available from the UKPSA website: http://www.ukprosurf.com .