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Show FeaturesNike Night Surf: A judge's view

Posted by Admin on Friday 22nd July, 2011 @ 14:09 GMT
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The Nike 6.0 Night Surf rocked Newquay early July 2011, with the sponsorship from the huge brand bringing a lot more 'razzmatazz' to this stage of the UK Pro Surf tour. Here's a different perspective from Newquay's Kerry Powell, who was one of the judges for the weekend...
The weekend of the 8th 9th of July saw the most prestigious event on the UK Professional surfing calendar take place at Fistral beach.

Click to view full imageThe Nike 6.0 night surf event was an absolute gem from start to finish. The weekend started on the Thursday with a launch party for the 6.0 Boardshort bar based in Newquay, if you're in the area definitely well worth a visit.

Onwards to friday with the wildcard rounds and earlier rounds of the open as well as the first round of Cash for Tricks ran by a visiting team of judges from France. Exciting times with lots of great surfing on show.

It was interesting for me to sit in with these guys and gain experience from their judging of the tricks on display, Reubyn Ash getting air time as always, the visiting Charlie Martin busting out a small superman air (super boy??!!) was definitely a highlight.

Click to view full imageSaturday was the main event with rounds getting down to the nitty gritty. Typically for a surf contest the curse had struck and the waves got progressively worse during the day but the guys and girls made the most of what was on offer and a great display was put on for a strong crowd at the waters edge. Definitely one of the biggest I have seen at a UK contest.

As a judge stand out surfers for me through out the contest were Amy Stewart, Luke Dillon, Liam Murray Strout - who for a tiny grom (U12) rips, he's definitely one to keep an eye on. There were great performances across most of the divisions and it is so good to see UK surfing raising the level and progressing.

The sun went down (judging scores being written down by iphone back light!!) and the action continued with the best light set up to date, illuminating a large contest area. The beach was packed and live bands rocked the place. A close final seeing the technically great Russell Winter steal the crown from Gordon Fontaine - another brilliant surfer who never fails to disappoint.

With it 5 deep at the bar and John Butler Trio rocking Lusty Glaze the next night I headed home for some sleep before celebrating the penultimate birthday of my 20's... I for one cannot wait for Nike to come back next year and rock the place again. One contest DEFINITELY not to be missed.
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