Thurso Surf Festival
UK Pro Surf Tour Wave Breaker series event #1
Ackergill, Thurso East, Brims Ness Bowl Scotland
30 October - 1 November 2015
Luke Dillon wins the Open Men's Division
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 2 November, 2015 - The Elite of the UK professional surfing scene descended upon Thurso, Scotland, over the weekend to compete at the annual Thurso Surf Festival, event 5 on the UK Pro Surf Tour, event 1 on the Wave Breaker Surf Series. The event was held at three different surf locations: Day 1 4- 6ft Ackergill, Day 2 2-4ft Thurso East and Day 3 4-6ft Brims Ness Bowl and Cove.
Luke Dillon from Newquay was the eventual winner of the Open Division, in challenging 4-6ft Brimms Ness. He also took the Sharp Brewery Highest Scoring Wave Award for a perfect 10point wave in his Quarterfinal heat. Luke commented after his win “It is great to surf in waves of consequence in a competition, this has been a fantastic event and I would like to thank everyone who worked hard to put it on”.
Runner up went to St Merryn surfer Toby Donachie, his best placed finish at a UKPSA event. Third was to a charging Harry DeRoth, the youngest surfer in the final and fourth last year’s event winner Jayce Robinson.
In the Women’s event Woolacombe’s Lucy Campbell took the title from USA’s Sara Taylor who was dominating the heat until Lucy got an 8 point wave. Third place went to a very determined Flora Lawton and fourth to Bude’s Emily Currie. All the Women’s finalist insisted on surfing the challenging and dangerous conditions at Brims Ness Bowl for the final. This wave is very unforgiving if mistakes are made.
Great surf for the event © Malcolm Anderson / UKPSA
The Adams Surfboards Pro Junior was won by an inform Harry DeRoth who now has back to back wins in this division. Second place went to Bude’s Miles Lee Hargreaves, third was Welsh Open Champion Rhys Barfield. Fourth Kingsbridge surfer Joe Harding and fifth to Scotland’s Andrew Robinson
In the Y-NOT Under18 Girls event British Women’s Champion Peony Knight took the title from Budes Emily Currie, Flora Lawton got her second third place of the festival and Women’s Welsh Champion Emily Williams came 4th
The Fistral Beach U18 Boys event was again won by St Ives Harry De Roth, his second win of the festival. Second went to Newquay’s Angus Scotney, third Rhys Barfield and fourth Cieran Hughes from Wales
In the Dritek Under16 Boys division Liam Murray-Strout of Port Issac took the win from Jersey’s Will Masterman, in a very close fought battle. Liam has dominated the Dritek U16 division all year, this being his 3rd consecutive win. Third place went to Cieran Hughes with Truro’s Jack Combes taking 4th
Men's division winners © Malcolm Anderson / UKPSA
The Sharp Brewery Best performance by a local Surfer Award went to Mark Boyd who defeated some of UK’s best surfers on the way to a 5th place finish.
Dave Reed, CEO and organiser of UK Pro Surf, said: “We were again delighted to be working with the Highland Council and SSE, without their support we would be unable to put on such a great event”. Adding “Again we have been blessed with great waves and have had the opportunity to surf three world class locations challenging all the surfers that came to compete.”
Thurso Surf Festival is also the first stop on the Wave Breaker Series, which was put together to challenge surfers in the best conditions possible at events in Scotland, England and Wales.