Action wraps up at UK Boardmaster's Festival

Skinner & Griffiths © Graham Joy Photography

UK Boardmasters

UK Pro Surf Tour
Fistral Beach & Watergate Bay Newquay
7 - 11 August 2013

Final day at Fistral sees record-breaking attendance

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 12 August, 2013 : - - The fifth and final day of Boardmasters Festival 2013 saw the weekend's awe inspiring action continue. The huge crowd at the sell-out summer spectacular were treated to yet another day of brilliant music and exceptional sporting action. Man of the moment Ben Howard closed the festival with a set that provided revellers the perfect farewell after another record breaking year.

The glorious weather was favoured by those relaxing at The View stage taking in the peaceful melodies of Luke Sital Singh and Sweet Baboo before View headliner Cosmo Jarvis took the stage by storm playing to a mass of appreciative fans. 

Man of the moment and fan favourite Ben Howard's thought provoking and soulful set was the perfect final act of an action packed schedule on the main stage. Howard's music never fails to touch a nerve, and his moving hits Only Love and The Wolves brought rapturous applause from a packed Boardmasters crowd.
Those looking for a change of pace where not without options as MJ Cole and Copy Paste Soul took to the Marley Point and B.Traits and Grandmaster Flash to the heavy bass line favoured Unleashed tent. Keg and Pasty proved a huge success, continually packed to the rafters with comedy and acoustic lovers.

Down at Fistral the superb Day Sessions once again soundtracked a packed surf schedule which ran alongside the Pro Skate and BMX finals. The fifth and final day of an action packed surf schedule saw the Quarters, Semis and Finals of both the Men's Open and Longboard competitions.

The first of the Semis saw Jobe Harris, the current Pro Junior Champion, take on Chris Friend. It was a close fought with only the slimmest of margins giving Friend his place in the final. Heat 2 was between Medi Veminardi and Billy Stairmand. Veminardi took the highest scoring wave, but was unable to get past a determined and consistent Stairmand.

The final was a close run affair with Stairmand taking and holding on to the lead to be crowned champion with a highest scoring wave of 9.5. Chris Friend fought well but could only gain a highest score of 7.37 to finish a worthy runner up.

The other exciting action saw the conclusion of the Longboard competition. The days surfing kicked of with the Longboard competition. The Semi finals saw a dominant Ben Skinner despatch of Zak Lawton. Skinner was joined in the final by Adam Griffiths who continued to impress as he emerged victorious over Ben Howey behind.

Surf fans were out in force to watch the Longboard final. Ben Skinner's first wave was a massive scorer and set the tone for a fiercely competitive final. Griffiths did everything he could to reduce the deficit, but some exceptional surfing was not enough to deny Skinner. Ben Skinner has now added this year's Flow Rider and Longboard titles to his previous events on the tour.

Away from the waves the mini ramp saw record breaking crowds for the Skate and BMX Finals. In the skate comp crowd favourite Dannie Carlsen rightly took first place. Carlsen's half cab blunt 360 shove it and blunt tre-flip perfectly illustrated why he was the man to beat.

Ewan Bower placed second, with some huge tweaked airs and a gay twist. Welshman Sam Pulley completed the top three, with his kickflip FS rock the pick of a superb selection of combos.

The best trick contest was a no holds barred jam, with everyone throwing down. Ben Grove's frontside nosepick off the back barrier was the standout moment, with Jordan Sharkey's blunt double flip in also worthy of honourable mention.

Not to be outdone by their male counterparts the girls comp saw Lois Pendlebury, Beckie Jacques and Steph Nerding throwing down. In front of a raucous crowd Pendlebury took 1st place with an exceptional skate, her front tail lip and backside lip slip were both met with screams of delight. Other highlight's include Jacque's frontside ollie over the channel and Nerding's massive frontside rock on the big ramp.

The BMX Finals saw Alex Coleborn continue his exceptional form from the Qualifiers to add first place overall to yesterday's Canadian Tech Trick victory. His winning performance saw everything from huge airs and tech tricks to terrifying slams as he chased a triple tail whip.

Coleborn landing this was one of the moments of the weekend, and was met with delight by the spectators.

Jack Clark completed a fantastic weekend of riding by taking second. A strong start and some supremely technical riding including his incredibly inventive 270 barspin in off the doorway saw him hold off stiff competition from Tom Justice in third.

Justice's who's near perfect first run will live long in the memory and goes someway to explaining why he and Isaac Lesser took home the plaudits for Riders Rider, which is chosen by their fellow competitors over the course of the weekend.

Day five at Fistral took place to the sounds of Even Nine, Gary & The Minefield and The Seperators. The trio's varied offering ensured there was something for everyone and kept a packed Beach Bar entertained during a day of Surf, Skate and BMX finals.

As the sun sets on another hugely successful weekend of music and sports action, 2013 will no doubt be remembered as a year of great success. Record numbers saw over 25,000 join at the Fistral site, with the Men's Longboard and Open finals attracting the largest crowds seen at Boardmasters during the past 10 years.

Boardmasters are proud to be able to provide an excellent showcase for the ever evolving UK surf community and will strive to do so year after year. Boardmasters also saw record numbers at the Watergate Bay site. A testament to the the strength of this year's headliners, the exceptional and varied musical line-up and the ever expanding lifestyle offering.

Source: Boardmasters

Author: Carly Truss

Tags: UK, Newquay, Boardmasters

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