The 5 to 1 Fin Fair Finalists © John Isaac
Approaching Lines 5 to 1 Fin Fair
Presented by Reef
Porthowan Beach, Cornwall
28 September, 2013
Fin fanatics celebrate surfing with style in Cornwall
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 3 October, 2013 : - - September 28th 2013 saw the first annual Approaching Lines 5 to 1 Fin Fair presented by Reef go down with flow, style and sartorial shredding. Australia's Noah Lane took the title for the 3 fins aficionados riding a one plus two to be crowned King of the Fins.
Five individual classes of waveriders, united by flair and foils turned it on with a winner in each category. The grand final saw everyone style it out - each competitor representing the history and tradition of their chosen steeds.
Riding an original 1970s Chops Lascelles single fin, Jack Croker went head to head with Gee Piper who had ridden to victory in the twinnies on a modern Chops-shaped soap bar.
Jamie Ward, representing the Bandlands on a modern quad and Jonny Brooks who in the true spirit of the day had tuned his set up with the addition of a Slater Nubster between victory in both the 4 and 5 fin finals.
As a final pulse of swell and off shore winds conspired to produce a perfect A-Frame peak at Porthtowan, the grand finalists drew hoots and cheers from the crowd.
Gee laid on some super smooth grab rails turns to take 2nd, Jonny threw plenty of spray on his home shape taking 3rd, Jack delivered an inspired combo of arcing turns and cheater 5s to take 4th while hometown favourite Jamie brought speed and panache to 5th. Noah Lanes poise and polish saw him take the crown but style was the real winner of the day.
Good vibes warmed the Blue Bar grandstand as crowds gathered, fins were demoed, boards were stroked and the CMBL was much admired. Over 40 aficionados of the foil took to the water from local underground.
These chargers included: Ben Davey, Owen Lewis, Katherine Cunniffe and Trev Gardland to familiar faces including Sam Boex, John Eldridge, Elsie Pinniger, Jimbo Bennet and Sarah Bentley who took the title of Most Stylish Lady.
Giving props to the oft-overlooked heroes of surf, Shapers Shield was presented to Rich Pope, with honorable mentions to Jonny Brooks, Ig Wilkinson and Chops Lascelles, who had boards spanning 4 decades in the final.
The power of the stoke was strong in the line-up and on the shoreline throughout the day with smiles and super smooth surfing all round. It was a time when style and decorum really did rule the waves. It was the dawning of the Fellowship of the Fins.
We'd like to thank everyone who came, styled and got involved, making the first annual 5 to 1 Fin Fair presented by Reef a great event, said Event Director Chris Nelson from creative collective Approaching Lines.
The pre-comp shenanigans including the special screening of Cyrus Suttons Compassing raised 200 for the UK Longboard Team Crowdfunder so good work to all who came, hooted and drank beer! Thanks also to our supporters Reef as well as FCS Fins, Skinners Ale, and The Blue Bar for their hospitality.
Source: We Are The Fold
Author: Demi Taylor
Tags: 5 to 1 Fin Fair, Reef, UK